Independent Writing: One Teacher---Thirty-Two Needs, Topics, and Plans / Edition 1

Independent Writing: One Teacher---Thirty-Two Needs, Topics, and Plans / Edition 1

by M. Colleen Cruz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0325005400

ISBN-13: 9780325005409

Pub. Date: 02/18/2004

Publisher: Heinemann

There is a truth, and an irony, in this - that writing is a supreme act of independence and yet most writing programs foster inherently dependent behaviors. But no more. Colleen Cruz knows that it's possible to teach and fully support a whole classroom full of independent writers. And you can do this with each young writer no matter the genre, the topic, or the

Overview

There is a truth, and an irony, in this - that writing is a supreme act of independence and yet most writing programs foster inherently dependent behaviors. But no more. Colleen Cruz knows that it's possible to teach and fully support a whole classroom full of independent writers. And you can do this with each young writer no matter the genre, the topic, or the stage of the writing process. With Independent Writing, she takes you inside her classroom and documents a full school year of writing instruction with plentiful student examples, teacher's notes, practical advice, and attention to writing standards.

Cruz offers a variety of methods not only to get students writing independently, but to get them producing work that both reflects their own interests and displays their skills. Look inside for:

  • step-by-step instructions in the use of "mentor texts" - published pieces of writing used to inform students' own work in progress
  • ways to turn notebooks into authentic working documents by referring to writing notebooks of professional writers
  • examples for changing the classroom into a writing colony full of writers who can be a resource to each other
  • suggestions for dealing with trouble, maintaining quality of work, and moving forward
  • easy-to-follow charts for organizing minilessons, addressing problems, and making modifications for students needing additional support.
  • Children can "make or write anything they want," says Cruz, and they can do it independently if they are shown how. Find out how in this practical book. And make each of your students a lifelong writer.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780325005409
    Publisher:
    Heinemann
    Publication date:
    02/18/2004
    Edition description:
    New Edition
    Pages:
    208
    Sales rank:
    636,418
    Product dimensions:
    7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.45(d)
    Age Range:
    8 - 11 Years

    Table of Contents

    Getting Started

    Finding and Using Mentors in the Independent Workshop

    When the Writer's Notebook Becomes the Writer's Notebook

    The Writing Colony: Building Community for Independent Writers

    Trouble!

    Taking Stock and Moving Forward: Assessment and Planning Writing Lives

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