Writing Through Childhood: Rethinking Process and Product / Edition 1

Writing Through Childhood: Rethinking Process and Product / Edition 1

by Shelley Harwayne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325002908

ISBN-13: 2900325002902

Pub. Date: 10/12/2001

Publisher: Heinemann

Shelley Harwayne has been rethinking the teaching of writing ever since she opened the Manhattan New School ten years ago. There, as principal, she had the unique opportunity to follow her students' growth as writers from the very first day they entered kindergarten through graduation six years later. Now, as superintendent of her New York City school district,…  See more details below

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Shelley Harwayne has been rethinking the teaching of writing ever since she opened the Manhattan New School ten years ago. There, as principal, she had the unique opportunity to follow her students' growth as writers from the very first day they entered kindergarten through graduation six years later. Now, as superintendent of her New York City school district, Shelley continues to take a hard look at the teaching of writing across schools and throughout the grades, questioning what has become traditional practice.

In Writing Through Childhood, Shelley dares us to rethink our beliefs about how we design writing workshops, use writer's notebooks, choose appropriate genres, teach spelling, help students connect their reading to their writing, and even edit and publish students' writing. Filled with stories and work samples of real children in a diverse urban setting, the book will inspire rich conversations in which educators ask essential questions about their own practice, including:

  • Does my writing workshop support the notion that writing during childhood is different than writing as an adult?
  • How can I tap into the interests and attitudes young students bring to the writing workshop?
  • How can I approach revision with children's sensitivities and strengths in mind?
  • Are the genres I've been assigning really appropriate for young writers?
  • How can I help young writers make deliberate and long-lasting connections to the literature they read?
  • How can I simplify publishing so that children joyfully and frequently publish high-quality work?
In this volume, the third in a trilogy that includes Going Public and Lifetime Guarantees, Shelley provides a close-up look at the subject that has meant the most to her. Her special insight and discoveries will challenge all educators who are involved in elementary writing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900325002902
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
10/12/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Meet Some Childhood Writers1
Benefits of Letting Kids Be Kids4
Putting a Premium on Playfulness19
2Designing Writing Workshops with Children in Mind21
Childhood Behaviors and Needs23
Childhood Descriptors and Children's Writing40
3Revising Our Use of the Writer's Notebook41
Getting Started with Writer's Notebooks43
Supporting Notebook Writing50
Planting Deep Roots68
Setting Realistic Goals70
Using Writer's Notebooks with Elementary Students: A Summary78
Afterword79
4Responding to Student Writing81
The Basics84
Conference Guidelines87
Writing Conference Transcripts92
Improving Our Skills as Conference Partners106
5Reading to Inform Your Writing111
Kinds of Reading-Writing Connections113
A Closer Look at Assessment-Driven Reading-Writing Connections114
A Closer Look at Text-Driven Reading-Writing Connections128
A Closer Look at Student-Driven Reading-Writing Connections145
A Closer Look at Course-of-Study-Driven Reading-Writing Connections149
Learning to Talk with Confidence and Competence About Quality Texts150
Reading-Writing Connections: That's What It's All About154
6Working with Our Youngest Writers157
Extending the First Invitation to Write161
Whole-Class Gatherings for Young Writers162
Conferring in the Early-Childhood Workshop167
Special Share Meetings in the Early-Childhood Workshop182
The Reading-Writing Connection183
Providing Early-Childhood Students with Many Reasons to Write191
Grade Two - What's New?193
7Spelling: An Essential Ingredient in the Early-Childhood Writing Workshop209
The Teaching of Spelling in Minilessons211
The Teaching of Spelling in Writing Conferences215
Spelling Researcher Routines221
Other Spelling Rituals225
Informing Parents226
The Teaching of Spelling as We Move Up in the Grades227
Spellers in Literature234
8The Writing Workshop: A Place to Experiment, Improvise, and Invent235
Maintaining the Researcher's Stance in the Teaching of Writing238
From Small Suggestions to Well-Developed Practice240
Adding Special Events to the Writing Workshop243
Other Arenas for Experimenting, Improvising, and Inventing285
9Focusing on Particular Genres: Poetry287
Zooming in on Poetry290
Doing What Comes Naturally: Writing Poetry in Kindergarten290
These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things: Writing Poetry in Grade One293
Lean on Me: Writing Poetry in Grade Two300
Making the Leap: Writing Poetry in Grade Three305
Going Deeper: Writing Poetry in Grade Four311
Reaching Out: Writing Poetry in Grade Five316
When Principals Are Willing to Write Poems318
Childhood Poets321
10Editing, Publishing, and Other Ways to Make Parents Smile323
An Explanation of the Chapter Title326
The Teaching of Editing326
Publishing in the Life of a School328
Informing Families About the Teaching of Writing341
Send Home Significant Parent Newsletters355
Keep Parents Smiling358
Conclusion359
Appendices361
Index399

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