Classroom Environment

A Daily Schedule

Shape of the Writing Workshop


  • 10 minutes: silent reading: individualised
  • 5 minutes: response to reading


  • 5-10 minutes: whole class mini-lesson (2/3 times a week)
  • demonstrate the steps of the writing process
  • 15-20 minutes: sustained writing time (everyday: 25 minutes if there is no mini-lesson)
  • conduct conferences as children write
  • conduct small group mini-lessons 2/3 days a week
  • 5-10 minutes: share time (every day)


Suggestions for further reading:

Graves, Donald. A Fresh Look at Writing. Publisher: Heinemann