Friday, June 2, 2017

Celebrating Our Achievements in Writing

This year the students in Grade 3 were introduced to a workshop approach to writing. This approach is based on the idea that students learn to write best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time, on topics of their own choosing. The workshop setting encourages students to think of themselves as writers, and to take their writing seriously.

A typical Writer's Workshop session consists of a 10-15 minute mini-lesson, followed by 20-30 minutes of sustained writing and conferencing with teachers and peers. The workshop often concludes with a 5-10 minute sharing session, where writers read what they have written and seek feedback from their classmates.

Throughout the year, the third-grade students embraced the workshop method and worked with great independence, enthusiasm, and commitment to improve their writing. On Tuesday, May 30th we held an assembly to celebrate the tremendous growth and progress they have made as writers.

Just prior to the Grade 3 Writing Celebration, the students in 3A had a pizza party to celebrate their World Creative Writing Month victory. 

World Creative Writing Month is a global writing competition hosted by the British education technology company, Night Zookeeper. The 3A girls participated in the competition alongside students in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, India, China and various other countries around the world. After writing more than 115,000 words, 3A won first place in the Year 4 (Grade 3) category.

The 3A girls were thrilled to have Ms. Sandra 
and Mr. Hughes stop by to hand out their prizes.

Mr. Towse, Japan's Night Zookeeper Ambassador, also stopped by to hand out 
some special prizes to the three students who wrote the most words.

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