Lessons That Change Writers / Edition 1by Nancie Atwell, Lucy McCormick Calkins
Pub. Date: 09/26/2002
In Lessons That Change Writers, Nancie has narrowed and deepened her conversation with teachers, to focus on the minilesson as a vehicle for helping students improve their writing. She shares over a hundred of these writing lessons which are described by her students as "the best of the best." The lessons fall into the following four categories that provide the
In Lessons That Change Writers, Nancie has narrowed and deepened her conversation with teachers, to focus on the minilesson as a vehicle for helping students improve their writing. She shares over a hundred of these writing lessons which are described by her students as "the best of the best." The lessons fall into the following four categories that provide the structure for this book:
- Lessons about Topics: ways to develop ideas for pieces of writing that will matter to writers and to their readers
- Lessons about Principles of Writing: ways to think and write deliberately to create literature
- Lessons about Genre: in which we observe and name the ways that good free verse poems, formatted poetry, essays, short stories, memoirs, thank-you letters, profiles, parodies, and book reviews work and
- Lessons about Conventions: what readers' eyes and minds have been trained to expect, and how marks and forms function to give writing more voice and power and to make reading predictable and easy.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction
Section 1: Lessons About Topics Writing Territories: Launching the Writing Workshop Questions for Memoirists Heart Mapping Where Poetry Hides Problems to Explore in Fiction Twenty Actions Itches to Scratch in Essays
Section 2: Lessons About Principles What is Writing? The Rule of So What? Thoughts and Feelings The Rule of Write about a Pebble Narrative Leads Good Titles Polishing Final Copies: What Readers Need
Thinking on Paper: Planning Sheets Can a Reader See It, Hear It, Feel It? A Movie behind Your Eyelids How a Thesaurus Can Help
Troubleshooting: Surefire Ways to Weaken Your Writing The Really Bad Words Too-Long and Too-Short Paragraphs The Missing I Passive Sentences Exclamation Points Hopefully Stories That End "The End" Hopefully Stories That End "The End"
Section 3: Lessons About Genres Ineffective and Effective Memoirs
A Course of Study: Fiction What's Easy about Writing Bad Fiction? What's Hard about Writing Good Fiction? The Main Character Questionnaire Considerations in Creating a Character Short Story Structure Ways to Develop a Character
A Course of Study: How Free-Verse Poetry Works The Power of I Beware the Participle Leads: Begin Inside
Conclusions: End Strongly Breaking Lines and Stanzas and Punctuating Cut to the Bone Use Repetition Two Things at Once
Troubleshooting: Some Poetic Forms Sestinas and Tritinas Irregular Odes Haiku Thirteen-Ways Poems Memoir Poems Gifts of Writing Effective Book Reviews
A Course of Study: Essays Effective Essays: Teasing Out Criteria How Do I Scratch the Itch? Write with Information Order the Information Leads for an Essay Experiment with Essay Conclusions Ted L. Nancy Letters and Other Genres for Humorists Test Writing as a Genre
Section 4: Lessons About Conventions The Individual Proofreading List Busines Letter Format and Addressing an Envelope A Brief History of the English Language
Troubleshooting: Spelling Essentials Weekly Word Studies Personal Survival Words Proofreading for Spelling The Truth about I before E Some Foreign Words Used in English Texts Root Words and Prefixes Suffixes: To Double or Not? Other Suffix Rules That Mostly Work A Brief History of Some Common Punctuation Marks Essential Punctuation Information
Troubleshooting: Convention Confusions How to Correct Coma Splices How to Punctuate Dialogue Homonyms Four Capitlization Confusions Writing Numbers Indicating Titles Me or I?
Appendixes Student Memoirs Student Short Fiction Student Essays Student Book Reviews Resources for Writing Mini-lessons
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Lessons That Change Writers is very teacher friendly and Nancie Atwell seems to be a colleague just down the hall. She gives the 'why' of the lesson and gives her exact words - the novice to Writers' Workshop can easily adapt her words and style.
This is the absolute, hands-down best guide for teachers of writing ever published. Nancie provides teachers the lessons, the reasoning behind them, and how they are taught. She provides her insight and expertise in the teaching of writing, but at the same time you feel as if a collegue is talking you through your teaching. I teach a fifth grade classroom and have adapted her lessons to fit the needs of my elementary school students. This is a must-have for upper grade language arts teachers.