Writer’s Workshop

These are sample lessons from the Writer's Workshop curriculum (to be released April 15, 2019!).  We also have sample lessons from the Layers of Learning curriculum in history, geography, science, and the arts.  Click on the buttons below to visit those sample lesson pages or browse all sample lessons.

Writer's Workshop Sample Lessons

Writer's Workshop is a writing class where your whole family writes together, Mom and Dad included.  Everybody starts with a mini lesson on grammar or a writing skill.  Then you spend most of your time just writing.  You all have Writer's Notebooks that you fill with brainstorms, idea webs, essays, responses, journal entries, poems, and stories.  Once a month you choose one of your Journal entries to take through the Writing Process and publish for an audience, whether that's your family, a magazine, an online blog, or your classroom library.

Start by reading Writer's Workshop Basics to get a handle on how Writer's Workshop works.

Writing Narrations

Writing narrations is a perfect way to dovetail writing in your homeschool with history, geography, science, and art. Family school is easier when you can combine some of the subjects and learn together!

Teaching Kids to Write a Story

Teaching kids to write a story is about a lot more than just saying, okay let’s all write a story.  Real authors plan their plots, think about their character’s motivations, …

Quadrama

Create a quadrama and get your crafty kids invested in writing a report!

My kids' favorite way to do a quick writing practice.

Draw a Story Starters

One of the things I’ve been working on with my kids is just getting things down on paper when they are given a writing assignment.  They seem to have these …

Message in a Bottle Creative Writing

Assigning kids to do creative writing always seems like a good idea to adults, but it can be daunting for emergent writers.  Goodness, it can be daunting even for experienced …

Idioms

Idioms are phrases that have both a literal (exact) and a figurative (understood) meaning.  They can’t be understood by evaluating the individual meaning of their parts.  For example, if I …

Teaching Preschoolers To Write

Teaching preschoolers to write should be fun.  There’s a lot that has to happen before they are going to be off to the races and forming letters on their own …

Persuasive Writing

Persuasive writing can seem a little intimidating at first, but if you understand some basics of what to include, it can be really fun for kids to try.  Simply stated, …

Diamante Poems

A diamante is a seven lined poem that doesn’t rhyme. Diamante means “diamond” in Italian.  A diamante poem is shaped like a diamond.  The first and last lines are the shortest, …

The 6 Traits of Writing

When my kids write I never just slap a grade on what they’ve done. Instead, I give them real feedback using the 6 traits of writing: Ideas and Content Organization …

Library Activities

The library is one of our happy places.  And library activities and games make it all that much more fun.  Come see some things we do at the library, but …

Learning Word Roots Activities and Printables

Our vocabulary studies center around root words because they are so valuable in understanding lots of words as you learn to spot the root meanings.  Over 60 percent of the …

Adding Details to Writing with Juicy Sentences

Teaching kids about how adding details to writing will make better stories can drastically improve the quality of their writing.   If you’re like me you want to scream when …

Parts of Speech

I’ve been teaching my kids about the parts of speech in our writer’s workshop lately.  I started with a quick overview about how our words do jobs for us.  We …

Story Maps

Story maps are a great way for kids to begin to understand the basic elements of narrative texts.  They can begin by reading stories and learning to identify each element, …

Thumbprint Autobiography

I’m fascinated by fingerprints.  Smitten, really.  I love the idea that we are all 100% unique, that we can be identified by the tiny ridges and patterns of our skin. …

The Lion Makers, a Story From the Panchatantra

The Panchatantra is a collection of ancient stories from India that were written down more than two thousand years ago, though the stories themselves are much older than that.  They …

Creative Writing: Scavenger Hunt Stories

Here’s a simple, fun creative writing assignment for kids of all ages called Scavenger Hunt Stories. To go on a scavenger hunt you begin with a list of items and …

Silly Similes

Teaching similes can be BORING when you’re just using the same, old boring similes we all know.  Bruce Lansky wrote a poem about them called “Predictable”: Poor as a church …

Sausage Poems

Sausage poems are fun to write and can be a really great challenge too, so get ready to use your brains.  At first glance you think they’re going to be …

Newspaper Article Template

Teaching kids to write newspaper articles is an important skill.  Articles are written in a concise, descriptive way.  A lot of information is given with very few words, so the …

Character Wanted Posters

A character WANTED poster makes a terrific character sketch,even if your character isn’t a bandit or a criminal-type! In this assignment kids get a chance to write a description of …

The Five W’s

We’re all terrified of diagramming sentences, but it doesn’t have to be so frightening.  There’s more than one way to do it too.  You may be diagramming for parts of …

books

Karen’s BIG List of Book Projects

I love having my kids do book projects instead of just book reports.  Each week I let them choose their own book and their own project.  Fairly often they want …

Five Paragraph Essays

There’s nothing magical about five paragraph essays, either in the length or in the exact structure, but they are an excellent start to learning to write more developed essays for …

Finish That Rhyme

  Playing with words can become the start of a great poet.  Poetry can seem overwhelming.  It can seem hard.  It shouldn’t be though.  Poetry is really just using words …

Teaching Kids to Write Their First Reports

Teaching kids to write their first reports can be daunting.  Indeed, writing a report for a youngster can seem like an overwhelming task.  It’s quite a PROCESS by the time …

Writer’s Workshop Curriculum Guide

Layers of Learning’s Writer’s Workshop isn’t just a curriculum; it’s a mindset. It’s a lifestyle that will change writing from a chore to a joy as your whole family grows …

Four Square Writing Method

The four square writing method is a simple format for helping kids to expand upon their writing, add details, and be organized. So many young writers struggle to develop well-written …

Making Spelling Fun

Kids get tired of practicing their spelling words all the time, so we try to throw in some fun to kick the practicing up a notch.  I try to combine …

Learning Organized

The explorations on these pages are just the beginning. We created a whole organized curriculum full of hands on projects, printables, and web links to take you through history, geography, science, and the arts with all of your kids from 1st grade to graduation.

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    1. We can’t wait either! It would be awesome if you could come back after you’ve had a chance to use some of these ideas with your students and let everyone know how it went and how you tweaked it.

      Also, browse around a bit. We have lots and lots of free printables and lesson ideas in all sorts of subjects.

      Kudos to you for being the teacher who goes the extra mile for your kiddos! We love teachers!

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