USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

First Advisor

Cynthia Leung, Ph.D Associate Professor, College of Education

Second Advisor

Mary Osborne Pinellas Writing Project Coordinator


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Document Type


Date Available

April 2012

Publication Date


Date Issued

April 2008


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 .


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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