THE WRITING & READING WORKSHOP: Engaging the Adolescent


[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]



Deb Lund



We know student choice in reading materials and writing topics increases lifelong literacy, but how can one teacher manage it all?  Using Nancie Atwell’s third edition of her popular text In the Middle (wit 80% new material), we’ll explore details and procedures for organizing, launching, and maintaining successful writing and reading workshops.  With hundreds of mini-lessons, mentor texts, techniques for teaching multiple genres and for conferring with students on their reading and writing, Atwell’s new edition “is everything I’ve learned over the past three decades that makes writing-reading workshop the only logical way to teach English.”  Author and creativity coach Deb Lund (who began teaching writing/reading workshops a few years before Nancie) is excited to be your guided and invisible teaching partner in this writing intensive, transformational course.

Appropriate for teachers grades 4-12.   The Atwell text is about $50.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

1.  Articulated the reasons for and benefits of teaching writing and reading in classroom workshop settings.
2.  Developed procedures, activities, and expectations for reading and writing workshops.
3.  Acquired techniques for respectfully conferring with students about their reading and writing.
4.  Designed lessons to address writing topic development, genre features, and techniques of craft, conventions, and spelling.
5.  Designed lessons to address procedures, craft, conventions, and spelling.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



In the Middle, Third Edition: A Lifetime of Learning About Writing, Reading, and Adolescents.  ISBN# 0325028133 by Nancie Atwell Heinemann.  Available through Amazon for approximately $50.

None. All reading is online.


$40-50 text fee (or $20 to rent) to be paid to or another bookseller of your choice. The text may also be available at local and school libraries for free.


Deb Lund is a bestselling children’s author, a creativity coach who partners with those who want more joy and meaning in their lives, and a past classroom and music teacher, teacher-librarian, and founding director of an arts-based school. Deb is a popular presenter at schools, libraries, and conferences. Her master’s project focused on teaching writing, and for the past few decades, she has taught teachers, students, and writers of all ages. Deb is especially passionate about supporting those who share her commitment to getting kids reading and writing. Learn more about Deb at


THE WRITING & READING WORKSHOP: Engaging the Adolescent

Atwell, Nancie, Lessons That Change Writers, Heinemann, 2002, 3-ring binder, 1080 pages, ISBN 978-0-86709-506-7
Mini-lessons have become a popular vehicle for writing workshop teachers to use to support student learning. Atwell, author of the popular book In the Middle, provides over one hundred mini-lessons grouped by categories, accompanied by the theories behind them, with student examples, and hundreds of reproducibles.

Atwell, Nancie, Writing in the Middle Third Edition, Heinemann, 2015, 629 pages and DVD, ISBN 978-0-325-02813-2
Atwell guides writing workshop participants through the methods she covers in this edition of her celebrated classic, In the Middle. Atwell says this comprehensive text “is everything I’ve learned over the past three decades that makes writing-reading workshop the only logical way to teach English.” Among other skills, this edition helps teachers set rules and expectations, confer with students, present mini-lessons, and inspire young writers.

Calkins, Lucy. Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, Middle School Series Bundle: A Common Core Workshop Curriculum, grades 6-8, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, 2014, ISBN 978-0-325-05375-2
The tools in these units of study will help you meet the Common Core standards for your writing program.

Calkins, Lucy McCormick, The Art of Teaching Writing, New Edition, Heinemann, 1994, paperback, 564 pages, ISBN 0-435-08809-2
In the past couple of decades that writing workshops have spread like wildfire through classrooms around the world, Calkins’ text assists teachers at all grade levels and levels of writing teaching experience. This new edition is almost an entirely new book, containing everything from setting up your writing classroom and motivating students to assessment and integrating writing throughout the school day and beyond.

Hicks, Troy, The Digital Writing Workshop, Heinemann, 2009, paperback, 176 pages, ISBN 978-0-325-02674-9
Hicks shows grade 7-12 teachers how to use technology to enhance the writing teaching they already do. Popular writing workshop topics like student choice, revision, author craft, revision, and publication are included in this exploration of online resources and guidance for incorporating new technologies.

Kittle, Penny, Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing, Heinemann, 2008, 272 pages, DVD, ISBN 978-0-325-01097-7
Kittle honors the gifts of teachers when it comes to modeling writing to students. This award-winning book and DVD will give teachers confidence in all facets of teaching writing.

Lehman, Christopher. A Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers, grades 5-8, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, 2011, 96 pages, ISBN 978-0-325-04280-0
Middle schoolers can be the masters of disengagement. Recognizing that all students, adept and struggling writers alike, lose steam at times and need a revitalizing jump start, Christopher Lehman offers effective, developmentally-appropriate fixes for addressing situations that frequently sidetrack or distract adolescent writers.