This book will be a cherished teaching companion for every teacher lucky enough to hold it. -Lucy Calkins The Resourceful Writing Teacher answers the need for a handbook on not only how to teach writing well but also what skills students need and a repertoire of strategies they can use to acquire them. Drawing on her own practice as well as the work of seminal influences, Jenny Mechem Bender presents a hands-on reference for maximizing every minute of writing instruction you have.
You'll refer to The Resourceful Writing Teacher time and again. Its teaching and learning strategies are understandable, accessible, and ready to implement. Bender establishes the specific teaching practices that help writers in grades 3-8 develop, giving you precise suggestions for minilessons, conferences, small-group strategy lessons, and shares.
Working through essential teaching points for writing narratives, writing non-narrative pieces, and using conventions, The Resourceful Writing Teacher forms an instructional blueprint that addresses the crucial skills writers need. Bender's ideas help students develop multiple strategies for internalizing skills such as:
showing not telling
writing leads and endings
spelling and punctuating
With detailed instructional practices and a menu of essential skills and strategies to teach, The Resourceful Writing Teacher is the one-stop guide that streamlines instruction and gives students what they need for success in writing.
Jenny Mechem Bender is the author of The Resourceful Writing Teacher (2007). She taught both 2nd grade and 7th grade literacy in New York City public schools. For the past several years, she has been a staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she works with teachers in K - 8 classrooms, helping them acquire and hone the skills they need to lead effective reading and writing workshops. Jenny also trains literacy coaches and leads workshops and study groups for educators around the country.