Catch a Falling Writer

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Catch young writers before they fall through the cracks!

The ideal companion to Connie R. Hebert's Catch a Falling Reader, this easy-to-use resource helps teachers "catch" falling K-3 writers before feelings of frustration, defeat, and low confidence develop and make it difficult for children to catch up.

Catch a Falling Writer presents concise approaches for engaging and working with young writers who have challenges with Language, vocabulary, fine-motor competency, grammar, diction, correct pencil grip, or letter/sound recognition. Perfect for teachers, literacy specialists and coaches, special education teachers, and student teachers striving to close the gap between reading instruction and writing proficiency, this resource offers

Innovative, research-based strategies that can be used as curriculum supplements to foster independent writing

Ideas for engaging students in writing, setting a purpose for writing, and teaching the mechanics of writing

Resources and Web sites for further information

Prepare students to meet the growing demands of upper grade Levels by boosting their writing capabilities!

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Editorial Reviews

Richard Gentry
"Teachers encounter struggling writers every day. Here’s a great guide with practical advice and lots of wisdom—covering everything from pencil grip to the power of praise—that will lift up struggling writers and their teachers."
Karla Bronzynski
“The book pinpoints characteristic behaviors of falling writers and pairs them up with simple-to-use techniques that you can incorporate into your classroom or that parents can use at home with their children to bolster confidence and success.”
Pamela Maslin Sullivan
“This text is a wonderful reference for teaching writing, with many useful activities.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412968669
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 101
  • Sales rank: 1,403,630
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Learn more about Connie Hebert's PD offerings

Dr. Connie R. Hebert is a nationally acclaimed teacher of teachers, published author, & motivational literacy speaker. She is dedicated to motivating, teaching, and inspiring educators about literacy, around the world. Experience in the field includes Reading Program Professor, Director of Reading, elementary school teacher in 7 school districts, Reading Recovery™ specialist, elementary music teacher, and national consultant. She is the author of Catch a Falling Reader, Catch a Falling Teacher, and her latest book, Catch a Falling Writer (Corwin Press). She is a senior national consultant for SDE (Staff Development for Educators) and served 3 years as a literacy consultant for Macmillan/Mc Graw-Hill's Treasures program. Dr. Hebert is currently a reading program professor for NSU. She has presented keynote addresses and seminars for teachers in 47 states and at numerous IRA national, state, and European reading conferences.

For more information about Dr. Hebert's work, please visit:

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Engaging the Writer 1

1 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Generating Meaningful Discussions 3

2 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Scaffolding Ideas for Writing 5

3 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Using Wordless Picture Books 9

4 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Activating Prior Knowledge 13

5 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Modeling HOW to Write 15

6 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Creating a Vocabulary "Shopping Cart" 17

7 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Motivating With Puppets 20

8 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Encouraging Dramatic Expression 22

9 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Teaching the Purpose of a Web 26

10 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Introducing a Story Frame 29

11 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Maintaining a Motivating Writing Center 32

Pt. II The Mechanics of Writing 35

12 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Correcting the Pencil Grip 37

13 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Using a Variety of Tools 39

14 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Starting With Unlined Paper and Paper Plates 41

15 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Teaching Proper Penmanship Positions 43

16 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Attending to Directionality and Spacing 45

17 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Correcting Errors 47

18 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Articulating Words Aloud 50

19 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Tapping, Stomping, and Jumping Words 52

20 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Practicing Letter Formations and Sight Words 54

21 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Rebuilding Cut-Up Sentences 57

Pt. III Creating Independence 61

22 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Using Verbal Prompts for Self-Editing 63

23 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Offering a Pinch of Praise 66

24 Catch a Falling Writer by... Recording Oral Responses on Sticky Notes 70

25 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Offering a Variety of Focus Sheets 72

26 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Dealing With Procrastination 75

27 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Using a Variety of "Good" Questions 79

28 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Adding Art, Music, and Drama 82

29 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Connecting Writing With Reading 84

30 Catch a Falling Writer by ... Guiding Writers in Small-Group Instruction 87

Appendix Focus Sheets 89

Recommended Web Sites, Research, and Texts 97

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