It's nice to hear that I have helped you when funds are few and far between. But as you have found, you can learn just as much devoting your time to professional literature on the market. My backbone mentor would be Lucy Calkins. If you can get your hands on her writing units it will help you in a significant way. For example, we are currently following her fiction unit. That means students are primarily writing fiction entries, but are permitted to write in a variety of genres during our unit as well.
When you are launching writer's workshop much of your time will be focused on generating topics, lists, etc. That means students will revisit their list of things to write about or jump on topics shared by others in class during share time.
And I always say entries or piece instead of story/stories to model that writing is not one genre. Tomorrow, for example, we will work on a mountain plot chart. This will be part of our writing entry for the day. Yesterday, students created a chart listing external and internal character features.
I hope that helps!
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