Discover a proven literature-based methodology for creating a classroom community of learners who engage in creative and divergent thinking. This theory-into-practice handbook details how the author's "Writing and Sharing Connections" approach works in the classroom. Wooten outlines the learning goals for her classroom and explains how her process meets current local, state and U.S. national standards. She guides you through the process, addressing such topics as graphing connections and writing metacognitive pieces, the rule of rubrics and learning goals, and how to strengthen diversity in the classroom. Case studies highlight three students who developed as thinkers and writers throughout a school year. Find out how you, too, can foster this type of success using quality children's literature to improve your students' literacy development and higher level thinking.