What You Know by Heart: How to Develop Curriculum for Your Writing Workshop / Edition 1

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Overview

No one can say it better than Lucy Calkins-Katie Ray has written a wise, comforting, intimate book. It goes to the heart of where good ideas for teaching of good writing originate: from yourself and your own experience.

As Katie shows, the most profound and effective curriculum can result from your own deep understanding of quality writing-what you know about writing through your own and others' writings and through your reading. And the best teaching can result from what you can wrap your heart and mind around and communicate to your students. It is this very personal approach and contagious enthusiasm that Katie brings to bear on creating curriculum for her own writing workshops. Her book shows how you can do it for your own.

In Part One, Katie takes a close look at the lines of thinking you can use to find curriculum in your own writing experiences. In Part Two, she shows how to use the same lines of thinking to find curriculum in your everyday reading life. Along with her own inimitable writing style, Katie sprinkles special features throughout her book as helpful tips for thinking about your own writing workshop and curriculum development, including:

  • minilessons and "curriculum chunks"
  • "Thinking it Through" boxes with questions and things to try
  • "understandings" and strategies
  • notebook-keeping tips accompanied by Katie's own handwritten journal entries
  • transcripts of interviews with writers
  • references for further reading.

Follow Katie's example. Write like a teacher of writing. Read like a teacher of writing. Then teach from your own experience. And watch as you and your students flourish like never before.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“In this wise, comforting, intimate book, Katie Ray takes her readers by the hand and brings us home to ourselves. This is where ideas for teaching writing come from, she says, brushing aside the distracting clutter, quick fixes, and one-size-fits-all panaceas. She hands us a pen, a book, and a reminder of all that matters most.”–Lucy Calkins
Booknews
Ray (language arts education, W. Carolina U.) explores ways in which writing teachers can use their own experiences with writing to develop explicit curriculum for use in their teaching. She also examines ways for writing teachers to move from their own experiences in reading different kinds of texts to generate curriculum showing students how to write those kinds of texts. Several appendices cite written works that writing teachers can use to show students different writing possibilities and mechanisms. For experienced writing teachers and teacher-trainees. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325003641
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 6/5/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 695,110
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Between her passion for elementary writing instruction and a love of children's literature, Katie Wood Ray found herself asking, "What if children were introduced to key qualities of good writing in the context of illustrations?" This question led to the research behind In Pictures and In Words. The answer was simple yet powerful: "The thinking students do while reading picture books can help them see the connection between what words and illustrations do to make meaning." As an author of bestselling Heinemann books such as Already Ready, Study Driven, About the Authors, and What You Know By Heart and as a member of Heinemann Professional Development Services, Katie has always given teachers resources and PD that transform writing instruction and help children discover a lifelong love of writing. A former Associate Professor at Western Carolina University Katie is now a full time writer and researcher of the teaching of writing. With a particular focus on the study of writing craft, she leads teacher workshops and summer institutes across the nation related to the teaching of writing. Her professional background includes both elementary and middle school teaching experience and two years as a staff developer at The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, Columbia University. She was also the coeditor of the journal Primary Voices K-6, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English. Katie is also the author or coauthor of Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in the Whole Language Classrooms (1996, NCTE), Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom (1999, NCTE), and The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (And Theyre All Hard Parts) (2001, NCTE). A frequent speaker at conferences and summer institutes around the country, Katie also has extensive experience teaching teachers in workshop and demonstration settings. Katie Wood Ray is a Heinemann Professional Development presenter. EC0410
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