Writing is an exciting time in second grade! In Writer's Workshop, each student is seen as a capable writer, full of ideas and abilities that are developed further through minilessons, small group sessions, individual conferences and ample time to practice---that is to just WRITE! Just as in Reader's Workshop, writers must develop their stamina as they are better equipped to put their pen to the paper and flex their writing muscles! Students will learn strategies for brainstorming, growing ideas, drafting, revising and editing. Paper choice is key in grade 2. While not quite ready for the golden "Writer's Notebook" they'll begin using in later years, grade 2 writers will be steered toward small notepads and various paper styles as they use their writing voice in different ways. Pens are also used in Writer's Workshop. Blue or black pens may be used on a daily basis when the emphasis is letting ideas flow onto the paper. Simple cross-outs are encouraged a long the way but are never to get in the way of writing. Green and red pens are used purposefully for revising and editing. Pencils will be used for final products so neat corrections can take place along the way. Writing is a time for our class to make meaningful connections with one another. We will get to know each other not only as writers, but as people, too!