In this Writing Workshop, which is guided by Common Core State Standards, students in grades 5th and 6th will do close readings of texts in different genres to compose essays. Students will read literary and informational texts such as biographies, poems and articles. The workshop will have an emphasis on the reading and writing connection. Students will respond to the literary and informational texts with written opinion pieces. They will have opportunities to learn and apply the effective use of facts, textual evidence, descriptive details and clear reasons in their writing. Students will also work to develop their own narrative pieces that employ the use of dialogue, sensory details and transitional words.