2001 – Scaffolding Young Writers: A Writers’ Workshop Approach

Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos, 2001.
Scaffolding Young Writers: A Writers’ Workshop Approach. Stenhouse Publishers.

In Scaffolding Young Writers: A Writers’ Workshop Approach, Linda J. Dorn and Carla Soffos present a clear road map for implementing a writing’ workshop in the primary grades. Adopting an apprenticeship approach, the authors show how explicit teaching, good models, clear demonstrations, established routines, assisted teaching followed by independent practice, and self-regulated learning are all fundamental in establishing a successful writing workshop. There is a detailed chapter on organizing for writing workshop, including materials, components, routines, and procedures. Other chapters provide explicit guidelines for designing productive mini-lessons and student conferences.

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