Novel Perspectives: Writing Mini-lessons Inspired by the Children in Adult Fiction / Edition 1

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For the first time, Shelley Harwayne shares her own writing minilessons with you. Combining her passion for reading adult literature with her commitment to supporting students' efforts to produce powerful and effective writing, Harwayne presents fifty-seven lessons for upper elementary and middle school that take teaching with exemplar texts in a dynamic new direction.

Each minilesson includes passages from carefully chosen novels, all of which feature children as main characters. You'll find lessons built around passages from such famed writers as Toni Morrison, Dorothy Allison, Sandra Cisneros, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Pete Hamill, Elizabeth Berg, Rebecca Wells, Philip Roth, Ann Beattie, Ursula Hegi, and Jamaica Kincaid, lessons that will inspire students to be as inquisitive, observant, and reflective as their fictional counterparts.

The minilessons in Novel Perspectives contain the actual words Harwayne uses in sharing these lessons with students and are divided into five categories:

  • discovering topics
  • marveling at the world
  • revising writing
  • loving language
  • learning from fictional characters who take their reading and writing seriously.
Each minilesson promotes engagement with text as a way into successful writing but also stimulates classroom conversation, builds community, fights passivity, and gives students a chance to reinforce the notion that their lives are worth writing about.

Novel Perspectives will inspire you to make time for your own reading and to begin merging your passion for books with your passion for teaching. Keep it next to your stack of must-reads, and as you discover passages perfect for your classroom, consult it for the best way to energize your writing workshop.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325008776
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley Harwayne was affiliated with the New York City public schools for more than thirty years as a teacher, staff developer, codirector of the Teachers College Writing Project, founding principal of the Manhattan New School, and superintendent of District #2 in New York City. She has worked as a consultant and keynote speaker throughout the world and has published numerous books and videos with Heinemann including Learning to Confer (2004), Writing Through Childhood (2001), Lifetime Guarantees (2000), Going Public (1999), Lasting Impressions (1992), Living Between the Lines (1990), and The Writing Workshop: a World of Difference (1987). In addition, Shelley has published two children's books: Jewels and What's Cooking?.
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Table of Contents



Part 1 On Discovering Topics

Lesson # 1 Using a Writer's Notebook

Lesson # 2 Keeping Lists

Lesson # 3 Recording Childhood Pastimes

Lesson # 4 Recording Childhood Memories

Lesson # 5 Noting "Aha" Moments

Lesson # 6 Letting Objects Spark Thinking

Lesson # 7 Being Inspired at Home

Lesson # 8 Capturing Ordinary Moments

Lesson # 9 Letting Thoughts Flow

Lesson # 10 Noting Views Out the Window

Lesson # 11 Responding to Street Scenes

Lesson # 12 Learning from Personal Treasures

Lesson # 13 Overhearing Bits of Conversation

Lesson # 14 Savoring Texts

Lesson # 15 Jotting Secrets

Lesson # 16 Capturing Visual "Feasts"

Lesson # 17 Recalling Family Stories

Lesson # 18 Eavesdropping on Stories

Lesson # 19 Writing in Response to Photographs

Lesson # 20 Remembering the Songs of Our lives

Part 2 On Marveling at the World

Lesson # 21 Savoring Moments

Lesson # 22 Using Your Senses

Lesson # 23 Learning to Look

Lesson # 24 Finding the World Fascinating

Lesson # 25 Asking Questions

Lesson # 26 Having Areas of Expertise

Lesson # 27 Paying Close Attention to People

Lesson # 28 Figuring Out How Things Work

Lesson # 29 Learning from Alert Mentors

Lesson # 30 Appreciating Stories

Lesson # 31 Solving Mysteries

Part 3 On Revising Writing

Lesson # 32 Thinking New Thoughts

Lesson # 33 Enriching Narratives

Lesson # 34 Strengthening Letters

Lesson # 35 Learning from Feedback

Lesson # 36 Learning to Pause and Rewind

Lesson # 37 Adding Believability

Lesson # 38 Observing and Reflecting

Lesson # 39 Imagining Our Lives in a Book

Lesson # 40 Relying on Metaphors and Similes

Lesson # 41 Making Reading/Writing Connections

Lesson # 42 Presenting Ordinary Life

Part 4 On Loving Language

Lesson # 43 Caring about and Learning New Words

Lesson # 44 Using Precise Language

Lesson # 45 Playing with Language

Lesson # 46 Browsing the Dictionary

Part 5 On Learning from Fictional Readers and Writers

Lesson # 47 Making a Place for Reading

Lesson # 48 Rereading Favorite Texts

Lesson # 49 Becoming Well-Read in One Genre

Lesson # 50 Taking Notes on Reading

Lesson # 51 Reading for Information

Lesson # 52 Thinking about Book Reviews

Lesson # 53 Thinking about Writing Fiction

Lesson # 54 Feeling Too Close to a Topic

Lesson # 55 Composing in Your Mind

Lesson # 56 Being Passionate about Poetry

Lesson # 57 Writing for Real-world Reasons

Reading List of Novels

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