Atwell's Reading and Writing Workshops Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Atwell's Reading and Writing Workshops
A teacher's reflection on Nancy Atwell's writing workshop model as described in Atwell's book "In the Middle: Writing, Reading, and Learning with Adolescents".
# 116272 | 2,656 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Sep 08, 2009 in Education (Reading) , Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (Jr High/High School)

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In this paper, the writer describes how Nancy Atwell focuses on the ways teachers can motivate students to read and feel comfortable in their writing. The writer describes Atwell's proposed classroom community that nurtures these effective writing behaviors and skills. The writer then turns to his experience as a teacher using Nancie Atwell's writing workshop model and relates that overall, it was very successful. The writer posits that in the future he would want to create a writing workshop that balances this type of personalized writing with a more formal discourse.

From the Paper:

"Atwell proposes activities that garner the teacher's participation with his or her students. She uses her own experiences to illustrate how a teacher can become an "evolutionist," one who shares their own work with students. Atwell proposes that when students come to realize that the writing process is an activity that adults struggle with too, they are more willing to work on their own challenges. Here, students and teacher learn together in the workshop experience. In this classroom setting, Atwell promotes the collective practice of daily writing, students writing at their own individual pace, and allowing students do choose their own topics for their own writing as well as for the texts they are reading."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Atwell, Nancie. In the Middle: New Understandings about Writing, Reading, and Learning. 2nd ed. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1998
  • ---. In the Middle: Writing, Reading, and Learning with Adolescents. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1987.
  • Hagemann, Julie. "Balancing Content Form in the Writing Workshop." The EnglishJournal 92.3:73-79.
  • Stotsky, Sandra. "The Uses and Limitations of Personal and Personalized Writing in Writing Theory, Research, and Instruction." Reading Research Quarterly30.4, (1995): 758-776.

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