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A Place for Talk in Writers' Workshop

Average: 4.3 (3 votes)
Grade Level Ranges:
Grades 3- 5, Grades 6 - 8, Grades 9 -12
Content Areas:
Reading, Writing, and Communicating
Topic tags:
differentiation, writing process, storytelling, topic selection
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This resource from the National Writing Project discusses the importance of allowing students the opportunity to talk before they can write and ideas on how to incorporate that into your writing lessons. It also has a wealth of information, lessons, and resources for all reading and writing teachers.

Resource Links


Ciccone, E. (2001). A place for talk in a writers' workshop. The Quarterly, 23(4). Retrieved December 14, 2015, from


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Sarah Newell
The most important information I gained from this resource was to structure my talk before writing instruction. I have tried to implement talk in my instruction before and sometimes it seems to take away rather than assist. I will now go forth with more structured times of "talk."