Writing Workshop Discussion Questions

At the beginning of the week, I thought it would helpful for the kids to think about some fundamental questions about writing…

  • Why do we write? Why do we read?
  • What makes for a good story? What makes a story interesting?
  • What inspires you?
  • What kinds of techniques can we use in our writing?
  • What writing habits work best for you?
  • And finally, I had the kids brainstorm alternative words for happy, go, got, etc. (We then discussed the importance of choosing descriptive words.  We also talked about how to use thesaurus.com).

We actually had a wonderful discussion about writing in general. We talked for well over a half an hour (not to mention the time they took thinking and answering the questions.)  This was a good lead-in to our writing workshop for the day.  If you are interested in these sheets, they are free to download and they include some of the pointers I brought out. We had a great discussion about  how writers create compelling stories with twists and turns, mysteries and action. We went into quite a lot of depth about writing as a craft.  I’m not sure how helpful this will be to the rest of you, but for us these questions really helped the kids see the relationship between their own writing and the books they enjoy reading (and what went into making them great books).

We sure had an amazing discussion about the craft of writing…  and it even inspired DD to write a letter to her current favorite author which she sent out in the mail on Wednesday! What more can you ask for?!!

So for what it’s worth, here are our sheets:

Writing Workshop Discussion Questions


It’s because of this discussion actually that I decided to come up with the Language Arts Homeschool Checklist that I shared yesterday because we went over a lot of writing/literary terms (like similes, onomatopoeia, allusion, idioms… and I realized that we had some holes we needed to fill at some point down the road). 🙂

Here are other posts about our writing workshop and how we got started with this.

How and Why We Started Using a Homeschool Writing Workshop







2 Responses

  1. Mickelle says:

    Thank you! This is exactly what I need in my classroom right now. And maybe again next year with my daughter when we’re homeschooling. The last page with all of the descriptive words is fabulous.

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      I’m so glad it was helpful. While we had a really great discussion, I wasn’t sure if other people would find it useful! 🙂 ~Liesl

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