Fluent Writing: How to Teach the Art of Pacing

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Not far behind the writer comes a master teacher like Denise Leograndis. She shows us how the magic is done and how we can help our students replicate it in their own work, and she does it in an artful way that draws us into the process.
- Barry Lane
Are you puzzled by "pacing"? According to the NCEE standards, as well as some state standards, it's an essential writing skill. But what is pacing? And how do you teach it? Denise Leograndis has the answers to those questions, and in Fluent Writing she shares with you how this seemingly new area of instruction offers a breakthrough opportunity to improve your students writing.

Leograndis begins by defining pacing and offering an overview that includes the research in support of it, its connection to reading and reading fluency, and its importance for style. Then she presents twenty focus lessons on the big ideas and the little details of pacing, showing how to explicitly guide students to grasp and apply key concepts through a choice of varied teaching formats - student writing, teacher writing, or mentor texts. She gives you all this as well as information on teaching pacing across the genres, using it for grammatical instruction, and developing it with English language learners.

You pay careful attention to your students' reading fluency; now you can do the same with writing. With Fluent Writing, you'll have everything you need to answer your questions about pacing, add it to your curriculum, and find a breakthrough new way to help your writers improve by studying one of the least explored but most important aspects of good writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325008264
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Leograndis is a classroom teacher at the diverse Ponderosa Elementary School in the Santa Clara Unified School District, of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an exemplar writing teacher for the Noyce Foundation's Every Child a Reader and Writer Initiative, opening her classroom to groups of teachers new to writing workshop. She is also cofounder of the Writing Workshop Think Tank, a group of K-6 teachers and teacher educators, dedicated to the pursuit of a deeper understanding of writing instruction and improved teaching practice.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Toward building an understanding 1
Ch. 1 Synthesizing a definition 3
Ch. 2 Seeing pacing in mentor texts 12
Ch. 3 The reading connection 22
Ch. 4 The phenomenon of three 46
Ch. 5 The ands and buts of it 55
Pt. 2 Teaching pacing 69
Ch. 6 Presenting pacing to students 77
Ch. 7 Basic big pacing lessons 81
Ch. 8 Basic small pacing lessons 105
Ch. 9 Advanced big pacing lessons 127
Ch. 10 Advanced small pacing lessons 145
Ch. 11 Language learners and reading like a writer 167
Ch. 12 Pacing across genres 177
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  • Posted March 11, 2009

    The Most Useful Book on Writing on the Market

    I have never been confident teaching writing. None of my teacher training classes helped me understand how good writers really write. This is the first resource that clearly spells it out in an easy to read manner. This book is instantly useful in the classroom and gives me easy to implement plans to use with my students. I love how the author's voice comes through and makes the content come across as conversational instead of dry and clinical. I recommend this book for all K - 12 teachers who want to improve the writing skills of their students.

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