Teaching Writing: Balancing Process and Product / Edition 2

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Using a process approach to writing, this book focuses on teaching strategies that will help children in grades K-8 use the writing process to develop and improve their writing skills and their writing products. It examines all major types of writing through a practical presentation that includes a wealth of children's authentic writing samples which helps bring the writing process to life. Explains the components of the writing workshop and provides suggestions for use with all grade levels. Focuses on monitoring the process children use as they write and helps to assess children's written products. Presents five levels of support that teachers can provide for children as they write. Contains lists of children's literature. For teachers and administrators of Elementary School writing/language arts.
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One of the primary strengths of the Tompkins text is that the full range of genres taught in K-8 settings is represented, giving novice teachers an idea of the many kinds of writing they can use to strengthen their students’ content literacy. My beginning teachers love this text!

Nikola Hobbel, Humboldt State University

There is much good, practical advice here for teachers — very accurate and on-target, lots of good assessment tools. If only my teachers had taught me poetry with this book!

Mayra Daniel, Northern Illinois University

This is an excellent book. This edition is a significant improvement that has not lost any of the original efficacy. The balance, level headedness combined with “just enough” research support are excellent.

Guy Tranin, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

The examples are appropriate and lively — each example thoroughly explains the concept further for the reader. The rubrics and checklists for writing are great.

Karla Broadus, University of Texas, San Antonio

The use of the classroom as a basis for examples is helpful and the figures used to illustrate bring the information together. All of the step by step sections help to bring the content of the text into practice. Varied grade levels represented throughout help to make this text effective for teacher candidates who are contemplating teaching at different levels.

Gail Brown, Randolph College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780024208439
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail E. Tompkins

After teaching writing for more than 30 years at elementary through university levels, Gail E. Tompkins is now a full-time writer. “I’ve always liked to write,” Dr. Tompkins explains. “My Dad was an Army officer, stationed in post-war Germany when I was four. I remember sitting beside my mother at the kitchen table while she wrote weekly letters to my grandparents. I drew pictures and wrote my own notes that she mailed along with her letters. In third grade, I received a journal and filled it with details about the everyday events in my life, like kids do. I did lots of writing in sixth grade–more than in high school. I wrote a 126-page tome about anthropology after reading a biography about Margaret Mead. My teacher urged me to improve my spelling and predicted that one day I’d be a writer. Now I realize that I already was one.”

Today Dr. Tompkins divides her time between the east and west coasts. She spends much of the year in Fresno, California, but summers on Cape Cod. The photo on this page shows Dr. Tompkins at a beach in Wellfleet. Take a clook at the cover of this edition of Teaching Writing. Again it features a pencil; this time the pencil’s morphed into a submarine that’s exploring the Atlantic Ocean off the Cape.

Dr. Tompkins is Professor Emerita at California State University, Fresno, where she received the prestigious Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Previously, she taught at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, where she received the Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching, and at Miami University in Ohio. Before that, she was an elementary teacher in Northern Virginia for eight years.

Dr. Tompkins has written numerous articles for Language Arts, The Reading Teacher, and other professional journals, and she’s the author of these books, also published by Pearson:

• Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach, 5th ed. (2010)

• Literacy in the Early Grades: A Successful Start for PreK-4 Readers and Writers, 3rd ed. (2011)

• Literacy in the Middle Grades: Teaching Reading and Writing to Fourth Through Eighth Graders, 2nd ed. (2010)

• Language Arts Essentials (2006)

• Language Arts: Patterns of Practice, 7th ed. (2009)

• 50 Literacy Strategies, 3rd ed. (2009)

In addition, Dr. Tompkins has worked with elementary- through college-level writing teachers at two National Writing Project sites during the last three decades. She directed the Oklahoma Writing Project when she taught at the University of Oklahoma, and more recently she led the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project (SJVWP) in California, where she encouraged teachers to write for publication. Pearson has published these collections of classroom-tested teaching strategies and lessons written by SJVWP teachers: Teaching Vocabulary: 50 Creative Strategies, Grades 6-12, 2nd ed. (2008), edited by Gail E. Tompkins and Cathy L. Blanchfield; 50 Ways to Develop Strategic Writers (2005), also edited by Gail E. Tompkins and Cathy L. Blanchfield; and Sharing the Pen: Interactive Writing With Young Children (2004), edited by Gail E. Tompkins and Stephanie Collom.

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Table of Contents

1 Teaching Children to Write 3
2 Writing Workshop 41
3 Writing Strategies and Skills 75
4 Writers' Tools 107
5 Assessing Students' Writing 149
6 Journal Writing 187
7 Letter Writing 225
8 Descriptive Writing 249
9 Biographical Writing 277
10 Expository Writing 303
11 Narrative Writing 339
12 Poetry Writing 377
13 Persuasive Writing 421
References 453
Author Index 467
Subject Index 471
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