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Teaching Fiction in a Pin-Drop, Silent Room

WN Entry – Fiction pg. 1

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Today’s Writing Workshop Teaching Point came right out of Calkins and Cruz’s Short Fiction Book – Session 1. While I used the skeleton of their lesson, my demonstration was all my own.

During the active engagement, I reread an old entry from August 2006 to my students and asked them for ways I could take that entry and turn it into a new (fiction) entry. They came up with a bunch of ideas. I took one of their ideas, tweaked it slightly, but ran with it. This is the first page of what I created when I free-wrote during independent writing time while they were writing today.

When another teacher came into my room to pull-out three of my students she couldn’t believe how quietly and diligently each student was working; she almost didn’t want to pull her three. In fact, it was so quiet, that I didn’t hold traditional conferences today. I “dropped teaching points” and “dropped compliments” down to students on post-its as I read over their shoulders as they wrote.

Today’s Workshop was one of those workshops where you’re so thankful you’re a teacher since the kids were not only productive, but didn’t want to stop what they were doing at the end of the period!

Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

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  1. Wow, Stacey — what a great workshop, I’m glad you shared. I love your idea of “dropping” teaching points & compliments via sticky notes. Great idea! 🙂


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