Reading and writing are the vehicles that help to create a true democracy. We read to learn about the world, to be transported to places and lives we may never really see. We write to communicate, to tell our stories, to appreciate and commend, to fight and argue, to persuade and inform. When schools create structures that promote avid reading and writing, we know that they are creating a community of learners who will be thoughtfully literate citizens.
The writing workshop provides an environment where students are provided choice of topics to write about, write for various reasons, learn by examining the works of mentors, and are provided time to go through the writing process. The teacher teaches by showing what good writing looks like, writing alongside the students, going through the process with them, like a wise friend would, scaffolding her young writers along the way.
Inventure Academy has adopted this Writing workshop methodology under the guidance of Gita Varadarajan a Masters student of Dr. Lucy Calkins who is the founder and director of the Reading and Writing Project, a research and staff development organization housed in Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA. The “Small Moments”module of the RW program that celebrated their publishing week in the last week of March was well received by parents and students alike who were amazed at the prodigious increase in the quality and quantity of student writing.
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