Cynthia Leung, Ph.D Associate Professor, College of Education
Mary Osborne Pinellas Writing Project Coordinator
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
The writing workshop, a philosophy and method of writing instruction that grew out of the writing process movement, is a powerful method of teaching writing because it encourages students to develop a writing identity. My second grade experience with the writing workshop gave me a lasting connection with writing. Looking back at that classroom and the writing workshop in general, I argue that tone, the basics of time, process and choice, a literature-rich environment, and a community focus all contribute to students' identities as young writers. Identification with writing is important because it motivates students to pursue writing beyond the classroom .
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Hicks, Jacquelyn R., "Writing Identity and the Writers' Workshop : Looking Back at My Second Grade Classroom" (2008). USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate).