Writer’s Workshop Jump Start is a Writer’s Workshop unit that gets you started writing. It is for all ages from beginning writers right up to Mom and Dad.
This is where you begin with the Writer’s Workshop program. Jump Start teaches both parents and kids to love writing, to use the writing process, and to re-learn what it means to be a writer.
This unit is specially designed with high-interest writing exercises and prompts to get you started filling your Writer’s Journal with interesting ideas so you can build a bank of jumping-off places to take further.
You can use Jump Start at the beginning of each school year to get back into the swing of writing.
Here’s how to use Writer’s Workshop Jump Start:
Step 1: Mini-Lesson
Your writing day will begin with a mini-lesson, a short lesson about grammar, punctuation, word choice, expository writing skills, and more. Mini-lessons appear in sidebars on every page so there are lots to choose from. You don’t need to do all of the mini-lessons in the unit, just pick and choose the ones that look interesting or are skills your kids need to hone!
Step 2: Exercises
All through the unit are exercises to warm your kids up to writing and teach them the skills they need for learning to love writing and get used to the writing process in small, easy bites. The exercises are fun and high interest.
The exercises mostly end up in your Journal. They are not graded and are private unless the writer wants to share them. Spelling, grammar, and mechanics don’t matter. This is about getting ideas down on paper!
Like the mini-lessons, you don’t need to do all the exercises. Pick and choose the ones you like. You’ll be coming back to this unit next year so be sure to save some good ideas for later.
Step 3: Writing Project
To finish off Jump Start, each writer will choose a piece of writing from his or her Journal to take through the writing process. That piece of writing will be expanded, corrected, revised, and then published for an audience (probably your family!) where it will get applauded.
Then Mom, Dad, or another mentor will carefully and thoughtfully evaluate the finished writing project with help from the Writer’s Workshop Jump Start guide. Kids and parents will talk together about what the writer learned and what the writer can make even better.
This unit comes with a Printable Pack of printables that go with exercises and sidebar mini-lessons.
Supplemental Links, Videos, & Resources
There are Pinterest boards, weblinks, and a YouTube video playlist that go with this lesson on a separate page for Writer’s Workshop.