Collaborative Student Groups

Writing Partners

Writing partners are two students working together to collaboratively complete a task by reading together, asking questions to each other, and responding in written form together. Writing partners work together in every reading lesson as well as during writer’s workshop when they collaboratively read each other’s papers and ask for suggestions during the share portion.

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Writing buddies are an important cooperative learning strategy where students support each other in the writing process. This document provides a step-by-step process on how to create purposeful writing buddies and also gives several examples of anchor charts on what the writing buddies should do and say and also some charts to be used for a writer's workshop.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Poster
 
 
Writing buddies are an important cooperative learning strategy where students support each other in the writing process. This document provides a step-by-step process on how to create purposeful writing buddies and also gives several examples of anchor charts on what the writing buddies should do and say and also some charts to be used for a writer's workshop.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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