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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.
Learn more about Lessons That Change Writers by visiting www.lessonsthatchangewriters.com where you can review the table of contents, download sample lessons, read a passage from the introduction, and watch a lesson walk through!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867095067
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 9/26/2002
  • Series: Lessons That Change Writers Series
  • Edition description: Binder and Paperback Package
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1080
  • Sales rank: 1,114,308
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 3.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancie Atwell is one of the most highly respected educators in the U.S. and across the world. She is the winner of the Varkey Foundation's inaugural Global Teacher Prize. She has dedicated the entire $1 million award to the Center for Teaching and Learning, the demonstration school she founded in 1990. NancIe's classic In the Middle, now in its third edition, has inspired generations of teachers and shares her teaching journey and the practices she's developed that led to her nomination. Visit Heinemann.com/InTheMiddle for more about the book and Nancie. Systems to Transform Your Classroom and School takes you inside her school to see what innovations have made the biggest impact on learning schoolwide, while her DVDs Writing in the Middle and Reading in the Middle give us a seat in her writing and reading workshops to see firsthand how she helps students become independent, sophisticated readers and writers. Nancie is also the author of classroom materials through Firsthand. Lessons that Change Writers is a year's worth of instruction straight from Nancie's file cabinets, while Naming the World helps teachers jumpstart their literacy teaching each day the way Nancie does - with poetry, the mother genre. Nancie teaches seventh- and eighth-grade writing, reading, and history at the Center for Teaching and Learning, a K - 8 demonstration school she founded in Edgecomb, Maine. Nancie was the first classroom teacher to receive the NCTE David H. Russell Award and the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for distinguished research in the teaching of English. Nancie was recently named 2010 Teacher of the Year by River of Words; a California-based non-profit educational organization and also received an honorary degree from the University of New Hampshire during its 2011 commencement ceremony. Read Nancie's Education Week article in which she makes the case for literature in the core standards. To see and hear Nancie's response to the NY Times article on the place of student choice in reading, click here. Read the Article ยป
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Table of Contents


Mini-lesson Basics

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2005

    Must Have Resource for Starting Writers' Workshop

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    Change the Way You Teach Upper Grade Writing Forever!

    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.

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