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Cloth Edition. The Art of Teaching Writing, New Edition, has major new chapters on assessment, thematic studies, writing throughout the day, reading/writing relationships, publication, curriculum development, nonfiction writing and home/school connections.
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Editorial Reviews

The author has refined and expanded her ideas since the 1986 publication of the first edition. She offers insightful, seasoned guidance on how to help young children become engaged with writing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher
“An outstanding publication on the latest developments in writing instruction.”–Language Arts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435088170
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 4/4/1994
  • Edition description: New ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 540
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Calkins is the author of the popular firsthand classroom materials Units of Study for Primary Writing and Units of Study for Teaching Writing, Grades 3 - 5, as well as several companion resources for literacy coaches and principals. Most recently, Lucy has published a curriculum for the reading workshop, Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades 3-5, and she has written the Common Core Reading & Writing Workshop series for Grades K - 8. In addition, Lucy is the author or coauthor of numerous foundational professional texts with Heinemann, including Pathways to the Common Core;The Art of Teaching Writing; and One to One. She is also the author of The Art of Teaching Reading. She is the Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University's Teachers College. For more than twenty-five years, the Project has been both a think tank - developing state of the art teaching methods - and a provider of professional development. In these capacities, the Project has supported hundreds of thousands of educators. As the leader of this world renowned organization, Lucy works closely with policy-makers, superintendents, district leaders and school principals to instigate and sustain school-wide and system-wide educational reforms. But above all, Lucy works closely with teachers and with their classrooms full of wise and wonderful children. Lucy is also the Richard Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College, where she leads the Literacy Specialist program. Lucy and her husband John are the parents of two sons, Miles and Evan.
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Table of Contents

The Essentials of Writing

Making Meaning on the Page and in Our Lives

Tap the Energy for Writing

Rehearsal: Living the Writerly Life

Drafting and Revision: Letting Our Worlds Instruct and Surprise Us

Let Children Show Us How to Teach

Lessons from Children

The Foundation of Literacy: Writing in the Home, the Nursery School, and the Kindergarten

Growing Up Writing: Grades K, l, and 2

In the Middle: Second and Third Grades

Grades FourÐSix

Adolescence: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

Ongoing Structures in the Writing Workshop

Establish a Predictable Workshop Environment

Don't Be Afraid to Teach: Tools to Help Us Create Mini-Lessons

Conferring: Writing Becomes a Tool for Thought

Learning to Confer

Peer Conferring, Response Groups, Share Sessions

Writing Literature Under the Influence of Literature

Publication: The Beginning of the Writerly Life

Apprenticeships in the Writing Workshop: Learning from Authors

Editing: Learning the Conventions of Written Language

Assessment: A Minds-On Approach to Teaching

The Changing Curriculum in a Writing Workshop

A Curriculum Within the Writing Workshop

Genre Studies

Poetry: It Begins in Delight and Ends in Wisdom

Making Memoir out of the Pieces of Our Lives

Literary Nonfiction

Thematic Studies: Reading the World, Reading the Word

Writing Workshop Teaching in a Larger Context

Writing to Learn Throughout the Day

Workshop Teaching Throughout the Day

The Home/School Connection: Composing Literate Lives in Homes and Neighborhoods

Teaching Matters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    Excellent book

    Lucy McCormick Calkins¿ The Art of Teaching Writing is an excellent book for any teacher of writing. Not only does she offer insightful ideas to enhance student¿s writing and encourage them to write with confidence, but she also uses real examples she has used in her classroom through lesson plans, strategies, and dialogue. Her tone delivers a fun and relaxed atmosphere that allows the reader to enjoy the book and want to continue. Calkins relates writing to jogging: it should be done every day to be effective. She also stresses very important factors in the writing classroom, such as how crucial it is to make younger students feel special and like real writers, and how the writing workshop should be predictable so children learn to anticipate¿and become better prepared for¿their writing schedules. Her approaches to children build their confidence and self-esteem, and she encourages them to see how fun and creative writing can be. She has a knack for inspiring students suffering from writer¿s block by offering larger audiences for their work, showing students her own writing and creating a tight environment where students can gather and share each others ideas and creations. Also, the most important factor to Calkins regarding writing involves the writer¿s notebook and what it does to open doors for writers of all ages. Students jot down ideas, observations, and thoughts this brainstorming allows them to see many possibilities for future writing projects. Calkins¿ The Art of Teaching Writing inevitably gets 5 out of 5 stars. It is a fun and easy read that offers many insightful ideas that are valuable tools to anyone¿teacher or parent¿who wants to enhance children¿s writing and inspire them to write with skill and confidence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2002

    Very good tool

    I really enjoyed this book. For teachers and students it is an excellent source

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2000

    Real Help For the Novice

    Lucy McCormick Calkins book provides a fresh approach to teaching writing and includes many basic guidelines that inform the teacher just exactly how writing objectives can best be met. She emphasizes that teaching writing should be practiced as an art rather than as a skill. Her detailed use of a writing workshop is strategic to the overall goal of teaching writing and she gives specific guidlines to teachers on how to set up and develop a curriculum for the writing workshop. Any teacher using this book will find it easily readable and empowering with numerous examples and anecdotes to back up the developments of the writing process. It is a refreshing change from the usual formulated textbook writing style exemplified by authors of today and many teachers and students will constantly grow and learn as a result of Ms. Calkins book. I will definitely use it in my own classroom!

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