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Like Reading Reminders, its best-selling companion, Writing Reminders is designed to be read on the run-between periods, while planning, even while teaching-to make every minute count in your classroom, to help you work smarter and more effectively. And like Reading Reminders, it features Jim Burke's best techniques, this time for teaching writing, complete with tools and tips on how to implement them. Every reminder is a result of his daily effort to solve the problems he faces in his classroom. And each one shows how it is possible to teach all students, as long as they make a genuine effort, to write clear, cohesive prose. Look at the table of contents and in thirty seconds get an idea that will help you. Each reminder clearly states a technique in its title and includes:
• A Rationale-a brief explanation of what the reminder means and why it's important
• What to Do-questions to ask, activities to try, strategies to use
• Classroom Connection-sample assignments and student examples
• At a Glance-goals for writing in many genres
• Recommended Reading-sound investments for continued teaching of good writing. Writing Reminders directly addresses standards-based instruction, too, providing techniques and assignments to hone students' skills in key areas and prepare them to succeed on important state tests. Built on a foundation of recent research into effective literacy teaching, the book offers a wealth of useful resources and processes that result in greater engagement and higher-level performance without "teaching to the test." Regardless of the grade, the ability level, or even the subject you teach, you can find no better way to easily and quickly improve your writing instruction than to use Writing Reminders. And pair it with Reading Reminders for a complete reading and writing curriculum with ready-to-use techniques for effective teaching.
I. Create a Community of Writers Write with Your Students Confer with Your Students Use Writing to Assess, Synthesize, and Extend Use Writing Across the Curriculum Be Patient, Consistent, Courageous, and Confident Provide Options Write About Subjects of Personal and Social Importance Write for Real Audiences Reinforce the Value of Good Writing Foster a Culture of Revision
II. Teach and Support Students Use Models Develop Independence Use Groups Provide Directions Use a Variety of Techniques Use Graphic Organizers Scaffold Instruction Provide Scoring Rubrics Ask Useful Questions Talk About Writing Use Minilessons Use a Writing Process Develop Writers' Capacity Make Yourself Available Integrate Language and Conventions Prepare Students to Write Support Struggling Writers Support Special Needs Teach Writing Under Different Circumstances Provide Feedback Provide Tools Use Computers
II. Evaluate Your Teaching and Students' Progress Monitor Progress Consult Standards Teach by Design Review, Reflect, and Revise Look for Patterns of Error and Progress Know the Terms, Principles, and Concepts Check for Understanding and Growth Compare Effective and Ineffective Writers Use Portfolios 4 Revisit the Six Features of Effective English Instruction Consider the Traits of Effective Literacy Instruction Manage the Paperload
What Students must be able to do
IV. Write in Many Genres Response to Literature Narrative Expository Essay Description Persuasive Essay Comparative Essay Reflective Essay Essay Exam Research Report Creative Fiction Speech Letter Precis or Summary Bibliography Poem Journal Infotexts Review College Application Essay Proposal Resume Web Site Appendixes: Six Traits Helping Your Child Write Better
Posted May 30, 2014
Jim Burke provides useful tips on how to take writing instruction to the next level. If you are a new teacher struggling as to how to break down the craft for your students or an old teacher needing to freshen your game, this is the book to get. I'll use his ideas in both my 9th grade LA as well as my AP Language and Composition course. Jim Burke is fabulous!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.