I have implemented reader’s and writer’s workshops with my 10th grade students. They are actually becoming readers and writers and many are far less reluctant than they were last year. On the writing end, I have seen tremendous success with the writer’s workshop model, especially the incorporation of more narrative writing and the freedom for students to discover their own process. My students really enjoy sharing their writing to critique, get ideas, and just to share. They have developed their own scoring guides, which actually set the bar quite high. I have also loosened up journal options to include my prompt(s) and the Tom-esque “whatever you wish to write.” This has worked really well for all of my students.
On the technology front, I have implemented a wiki with my creative writing students. They worked on exploring theme ideas for their semester portfolios (idea courtesy Romano). They each created a page for a general theme. They selected an angle, included a description of the angle, ideas for pieces they might include or develop, and a sample poem. Then, they blessed, pressed, and addressed, using the comments feature, and finally added an angle, ideas, and sample poem to each other’s themes. They really enjoyed using the technology, building a “bank” of ideas, and seeing each other’s work.