Writing Strategies for All Primary Students: Scaffolding Independent Writing with Differentiated Mini-Lessons, Grades K-3 / Edition 1

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A guide for teaching all your students the skills they need to be successful writers

The 25 mini-lessons provided in this book are designed to develop students’ self-regulated writing behaviors and enhance their self-perceived writing abilities. These foundational writing strategies are applicable and adaptable to all primary students: emergent, advanced, English Language Learners, and struggling writers. Following the SCAMPER (Screen and assess, Confer, Assemble materials, Model, Practice, Execute, Reflect) mini-lesson model devised by the authors,  the activities show teachers how to scaffold the writing strategies that students need in order to take control of their independent writing.

·         Reveals helpful writing strategies, including making associations, planning, visualizing, accessing cues, using mnemonics, and more

·         Offers ideas for helping students revise, check, and monitor their writing assignments

·         Explains the author’s proven SCAMPER model that is appropriate for students in grades K-3

Let Richards and Lassonde—two experts in the field of childhood education—guide you through these proven strategies for enhancing young children’s writing skills.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470610718
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,023,860
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword (Susan B. Neuman).


Section One: Developing Understandings About Writing Strategy Mini-Lessons.

Chapter 1 Teaching Writing Strategies in the Classroom (Steve Graham).

Chapter 2 Incorporating the SCAMPER Writing Strategy Mini-Lesson Model into Your Writing Program (Cindy Lassonde and Janet Richards).

Chapter 3 Architecture of a Mini-Lesson (Anne Marie Juola-Rushton).

Chapter 4 The Role of Teachers' Evaluations (Jane Hansen).

Chapter 5 Writing Strategy Instruction for Struggling Writers (Rochelle Matthews-Somerville and Eva Garin).

Section Two: Inventing Strategies.

Chapter 6 Noun Charts (Cynthia B. Leung).

Chapter 7 Growing a Poem with Interview Buddies (Cindy Lassonde).

Chapter 8 Let's Tell a Story (Janet Richards).

Chapter 9 Writing Rockets and Other Graphic Organizers (Todd Sundeen).

Chapter 10 Interest Charts (Susan Davis Lenski and Frances Ramos Verbruggen).

Section Three: Drafting Strategies.

Chapter 11 Reread So You Know What to Write Next (Deborah G. Litt).

Chapter 12 Where Have I Seen That Word Before? (Ilene Christian).

Chapter 13 Storyteller Blocks (Joyce C. Fine).

Chapter 14 Adding Information (Jane Hansen).

Chapter 15 To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme? (Cindy Lassonde).

Chapter 16 Think, Draw, Write, and Share (TDWS) (Cynthia B. Leung).

Section Four: Polishing Strategies.

Chapter 17 Act It Out to Discover the Details (Joanne Durham).

Chapter 18 Personal Editing Checklists (Janet Richards).

Chapter 19 Adding Dialogue to Fiction and Nonfiction (Lori Czop Assaf).

Chapter 20 Following Conventions for Writing Dialogue (Deborah Guidry and Neva Ann Medcalf).

Chapter 21 Color-Coding Editing (Janet Richards).

Chapter 22 Turning Up the Volume of Voice in Poetry (Cindy Lassonde).

Chapter 23 STEP into the Shoes of a Reader (Noreen S. Moore).

Section Five: Comprehensive Strategies.

Chapter 24 Making Pictures (Gail Verdi and Susan Polirstok).

Chapter 25 Comprehensive, Step-by-Step Composing for Nonfiction Writing (Janet Richards).

Chapter 26 Mentoring Authors’ Voices Through Readers’ Theater (Timothy V. Rasinski and Chase J. Young).

Chapter 27 Think Back, Look Forward (Tracy L. Coskie and M. Michelle Hornof).

About the Authors.

About the Contributors.



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