What Really Matters in Writing

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Overview

This new entry in the best selling What Really Matters series turns its trademark "essentials and practices" treatment on the skill of writing. Pat Cunningham explains how to get students started writing and what to do once they are. Dedicated chapters for spelling, editing, and revising help teachers introduce these skills as critical parts of the writing process. Pat also explains how to extend writing, editing, and revising across the curriculum, to bring the benefits of writing and critical thinking to all content areas. Filled with student examples, sample lessons, and activities, this is one all-around resource no teacher should be without!

Written by the authors you know and trust, each of the books in the What Really Matters series offers a succinct presentation of what matters most when teaching different aspects of the reading process. With a thought-provoking, rich presentation, Pat Cunningham and Dick Allington explore complex issues teachers of reading face in today's classrooms and bring each of the topics to life. These brief and inexpensive books are written in a lively narrative with clear organization, exceptional pedagogy, and special features. Their friendly design and compact size make the books accessible, convenient, and easy-to read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205627424
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/13/2009
  • Series: What Really Matters Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 317,664
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Cunningham grew up in Rhode Island. For seven years, after graduating from The University of Rhode Island, she taught a variety of elementary grades in Florida and Indiana. She received her Ph. D in Reading Education from the University Of Georgia in 1974. After teaching at Ohio University and serving as Director of Reading for Alamance Co., North Carolina Schools, she came to Wake Forest University to direct the Elementary Education program in 1978. Pat’s particular interest has always been in finding alternative ways to teach children for whom learning to read is difficult. Reading and Writing in Elementary Classrooms, first published in 1978, is currently in its fourth edition. In 1991, She published Phonics they Use: Words for Reading and Writing, which is currently available in its fourth edition. Along with Richard Allington, She published Classrooms that Work and Schools that Work. Along with Dorothy Hall, she developed the Four Blocks Literacy framework, which is currently used as the balanced literacy framework in thousand of classrooms throughout the country. She and Dorothy Hall are co-directors of the Four Blocks Literacy Center, which is housed at Wake Forest University.

James W. Cunningham has over 100 professional publications in reading and writing education such as college textbooks, book chapters including major research reviews, and original research published in major research journals. He has been a professor of education at UNC-Chapel Hill and an elementary classroom teacher.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter One Getting Writing Off to a Good Start

Chapter Two What Do I Do Once I Have Them Writing?

Chapter Three Spelling Matters!

Chapter Four Think-writes: Writing to Learn across the Curriculum

Chapter Five Editing Matters!

Chapter Six Writing and Editing across the Curriculum

Chapter Seven Revising Matters!

Chapter Eight Revising across the Curriculum

Chapter Nine Sharing and Publishing

Chapter Ten Writing Interventions

Chapter Eleven Research on Teaching Writing

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