Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Beginning Writing, K–3by Lori Jamison Rog
For many students, learning to write often develops more easily and naturally than learning to read. It is through learning to write that students are able to develop their skills in other areas of the language arts, such as reading, listening, and speaking. However, writing instruction in the early grades often focuses on the conventions of writing—the task of… See more details below
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For many students, learning to write often develops more easily and naturally than learning to read. It is through learning to write that students are able to develop their skills in other areas of the language arts, such as reading, listening, and speaking. However, writing instruction in the early grades often focuses on the conventions of writing—the task of taking students from scribbles to letters to words to sentences. But even the youngest students can understand that there is much more to good writing.
Marvelous Minilessons is about the explicit teaching of writing. This practical resource provides 40 research-based and classroom-tested minilessons—presented in the context of authentic writing experiences—that offer suggestions for developmentally appropriate writing instruction in K-3 classrooms. Author Lori Jamison Rog has grouped the lessons into four essential categories: getting started, writer’s craft, conventions, and revision. You can use these lessons to teach students how to
• Generate and organize ideas before writing, then turn their prewriting ideas into connected text;
• Develop writing style by focusing on word choice, voice, and fluency;
• Increasingly use conventional spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar to produce more readable work; and
• Revise their writing for clarity, style, and effectiveness.
In addition, the author provides numerous practical tools to help you use these minilessons immediately in your writing workshop, such as charts at the beginning of each chapter to help you decide at a glance which lessons suit your students’ learning needs; scripted dialogue that shows the language you might use when presenting the lessons to students; notes sections, where you can record and reflect on what works and what doesn’t; and reproducibles you can use to aid instruction.
Your primary-grade students deserve solid writing instruction—and you can use this resource to give them the tools they need to become successful writers…and readers.
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