Writing Workshop Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students the important skill of critiquing and how it is used during the writing workshop. With your guidance and this lesson plan, students will use a base lesson to learn review and revision skills both with guided and independent practice.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the steps necessary to critique an essay
  • critique an essay with guidance and independently
  • discuss why critiquing a peer's essay is necessary


  • 45 minutes for lesson, plus additional class time to critique essays


  • Access to the lesson What is Essay Critique? - Definition & Examples
  • Copies of essays for students to critique, one set for guided practice (from an outside, neutral source, found with a simple search) and one set of student essays for application
  • Copies of the printable lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Red pens
  • Colored pencils
  • Highlighters

Key Vocabulary

  • Essay-level
  • Introductory paragraph
  • Body paragraph
  • Concluding paragraph
  • Paragraph-level
  • Topic sentence
  • Evidence
  • Analysis
  • Sentence-level
  • Grammatical mistakes
  • Mechanical errors
  • Wordiness
  • Typographical errors

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.5

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

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