Celebrating Writers: From Possibilities to Publication

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Writing begins before students even pick up a pencil, but there are many reasons to stop and rejoice between the idea and the finished project. By helping students celebrate each stage of the writing process and applauding success, we help our students persevere through what can be an extended and challenging process.

In their innovative new book, Celebrating Writers, Ruth Ayres and Christi Overman discuss dozens of ways to respond, reflect, and rejoice along the journey to a ...

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Overview

Writing begins before students even pick up a pencil, but there are many reasons to stop and rejoice between the idea and the finished project. By helping students celebrate each stage of the writing process and applauding success, we help our students persevere through what can be an extended and challenging process.

In their innovative new book, Celebrating Writers, Ruth Ayres and Christi Overman discuss dozens of ways to respond, reflect, and rejoice along the journey to a finished project. This type of celebration nurtures students, makes them better writers, and helps them recognize that writing is a process filled with notable moments, not simply a result where publication is the only marker of success. From traveling notebooks to lunch-table writing, from author interviews with a writing partner to silent reflection, from swapping stories around a "campfire" to tweeting favorite lines, Ruth and Christi share dozens of fun and effective ways for you and your students to commemorate their progress as writers. As the authors write, "It's time to expand the idea of celebration to include the process of writers and the products they create. Let's build an approach that weaves celebration into the heart of all writers. Be ready to learn to refuel the writers in your classroom, even on the tough days."

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"For those teachers who want plenty of practical, achievable ideas on how to motivate and inspire children to write, this is a good title to check out." - VOYA 
Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Anna Foote
This book on teaching writing in the elementary grades offers from-the-field advice from two professionals—Ayers is a school district writing coach and Overman is a classroom teacher. The authors have drawn upon their professional experience to create a useful title for those looking to motivate elementary students to write. A key theme of Celebrating Writers is community—creating a classroom community of writers and readers, and also using student writing to create a bridge to the community at large. The authors assert that celebration should happen throughout the process of writing, not just after a story is finished. They write, “Instead of celebrating only products, let’s celebrate process too.” The authors offer a wide variety of ideas for celebration. A detailed section on online celebrations breaks down the advantages of using various types of social media in celebration. A chapter on formal celebration offers forty different ideas, conveniently categorized by how much time teachers have to prepare for them. The shortest time frame is: “I Need a Formal Celebration Idea for Tomorrow”. Because the book is mostly anecdotal, it is light on bibliographical references, and is not the book for people looking for deeply researched theory. But, for those teachers who want plenty of practical, achievable ideas on how to motivate and inspire children to write, this is a good title to check out. Reviewer: Anna Foote; Ages adult professional.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571109507
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2013
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 985,529
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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