Don't Forget to Share: The Crucial Last Step in the Writing Workshop / Edition 1

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I'm certain that you'll feel excited to try out the different kinds of share sessions that Leah discusses…and that she will give you the know-how and confidence you'll need to be successful.
- Carl Anderson
Author of Assessing Writers

Traditionally, the writing workshop is a three-part framework: a minilesson, writing time, and a share session. Because much attention has been given to lessons and conferencing, the share session has sometimes seemed like an afterthought rather than an opportunity for children to look closely at their writing process and discuss it with others. No more. With Don't Forget to Share, Leah Mermelstein helps you recognize the importance of this aspect of the workshop and shows you ways to get maximum instructional impact from it.

Don't Forget to Share is the first book to take on the share session in depth, revealing why it's essential to the success of writing workshop. Mermelstein presents insight and smart ideas for conducting share sessions that honor and reinforce individual kids' accomplishments, while at the same time offering them a safe way to get input from other writers. From setting up share sessions to facilitating them, she presents shares that promote rich conversations that support students' improvement in four specific areas of writing:

  • content
  • craft
  • process
  • progress.

With in-action transcripts of teachers and students, helpful tips for working with English language learners and struggling writers, suggestions for matching children to share activities, and samples of effective teaching language, Don't Forget to Share has everything you need to not only invest your teaching time in share sessions but to make them work for you and your students. So if you're looking for a new way to ramp up the power of your writing workshop, take the advice of Leah Mermelstein, and Don't Forget to Share.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325009513
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/7/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 790,182
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Leah Mermelstein is an internationally recognized literacy consultant who specializes in K-5 Reading and Writing Workshop. She is the President and CEO of Read-Write-Connect, INC. She is also the author of Reading/Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom, (Allyn & Bacon), Don't Forget to Share (Heinemann) and the co-author of Launching the Writing Workshop (with Lucy Calkins) (Heinemann). She recently wrote an article about the power of Write Aloud, which can be found here. She also blogs at For the past 13 years, she has worked as a literacy consultant first, at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project with Lucy Calkins and now independently. She works with schools, districts, educational organizations, as well as universities to help teachers, coaches, and principals grow in their understanding of how to teach reading and writing to elementary students. While working with schools, she utilizes many methods of staff development such as demonstration, coaching, study groups, and institutes to name just a few. Her passions include weeklong summer institutes, keynote speeches, writing with teachers, as well as working collaboratively with districts and other organizations to pinpoint strengths and needs.
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