Building a Writing Community: A Practical Guide

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New and experienced teachers appreciate this easy-to-use yet comprehensive approach to teaching young writers style and genre characteristics, composing skills, conventions, and the writing process itself. The classroom-tested techniques satisfy young writers' need for structure and content while offering them freedom to develop their style, repertoire, and voice. More than 350 classroom-tested models, lessons, procedures and activities, and thirty-seven reproducibles. If you want to create a community of writers...

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Overview

New and experienced teachers appreciate this easy-to-use yet comprehensive approach to teaching young writers style and genre characteristics, composing skills, conventions, and the writing process itself. The classroom-tested techniques satisfy young writers' need for structure and content while offering them freedom to develop their style, repertoire, and voice. More than 350 classroom-tested models, lessons, procedures and activities, and thirty-seven reproducibles. If you want to create a community of writers who love to write and speak the language of writers, you'll love this book. Bonus! Fold-out "Skills Development Chart" helps your school integrate writing process teaching in grades K-6.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929895130
  • Publisher: Maupin House Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 241
  • Sales rank: 1,363,209
  • Age range: 5 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1
Preface 3
Chapter I Introduction 5
What is the Writing Process? 5
What is Writing Content? 5
Structure and Choice 6
How to Use This Book 6
Lessons 6
Imitation and Need 7
What Works 7
Time And Materials 8
Reproducibles 8
Chapter II The Writing Process Classroom 9
The Environment 9
Time for Daily Writing 11
Workshop Materials and Procedures 16
Content: Genres, Composing Skills, and Conventions 20
Grade Appropriate Target Skills 20
Teaching the Target Skill Concept 24
Lesson Models 27
The Vocabulary of Writers 29
Self-Evaluation Procedures 30
Efficient Record Keeping 31
Parent Education 33
Management Techniques 34
Books About the Writing Craft 40
Chapter III Prewriting 41
Expectations 41
Strategies For Choosing Topics 42
Opportunity to Think and Talk About Topics 49
Planning Techniques 50
Chapter IV Drafting 57
From Graphic Planner to Drafts 57
Skipping Lines 59
First-Draft Practices 59
Great Beginnings and Great Endings 60
Expanding and Developing ideas 62
No Copying Drafts 64
Chapter V Response 65
Author's Chair 65
Peer Conferences 68
Homework Response 72
Self-Response 73
Student-Teacher Conferences 74
Chapter VI Revision 79
Remembering Responses 79
Managing the Manuscript 80
Kinds of Revision 82
Chapter VII Editing 93
Standards 93
Editing Someone Else's Writing 96
Editing By Ear 98
Editing Dialogue 102
Getting Rid of Repetitious Words 105
Spelling 107
Chapter VIII Publishing 113
Kinds of Publishing 113
When and How Often to Publish 118
Editing Standards 119
Typing and Printing Considerations 119
Educating Readers of Hand-Published Books 120
Chapter IX Writing Content 123
A General Outline of the Genre Characteristics 124
Composing Skills 125
Conventions (See Chapter VII, Editing) 125
Descriptive Writing 126
Chapter X Narrative Writing 133
Personal Narrative 134
Informational Narrative 137
Fiction 138
Chapter XI (Part 1) Expository Writing 153
Topic Sources: Personal Exposition 154
Gathering Information 155
Choice of Presentation Form 158
Time to Talk 159
Organization 159
Topic Sentences and Supporting Details 165
Beginnings 168
Endings 169
Unity Through Transitions 170
Chapter XI (Part 2) Persuasive Writing 174
Organization 174
Audience 174
Arguments 175
Techniques 175
Chapter XII Poetry 177
Receiving Poetry 177
Poetry Instruction 179
Literary Devices 181
Chapter XIII Evaluation, Assessment, and Portfolios 187
Assessing Individual Papers 187
Evaluating Writing Process Progress 188
Evaluating Content Achievement 190
Writing Assessment Tests 191
Assessing Student Manuscripts 192
Student Self-Evaluation 194
Portfolios 196
Chapter XIV Meeting Common Challenges 199
Appendix 203
Reproducibles 205
About the Author 241
Scope and Sequence Fold-Out Chart
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