Cracking Open the Author's Craft (Revised): Teaching the Art of Writing

Cracking Open the Author's Craft (Revised): Teaching the Art of Writing

by Lester Laminack, Lester L. Laminack


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By observing the deep study of one book, teachers will learn how to explore any text with a greater appreciation for and understanding of author's craft, which they can use to support students' development as writers. Fifteen ready-to-use mini-lessons introduce students to techniques and literary elements they can use to craft their own writing. The companion website features videos of best-selling author, Lester L. Laminack, demonstrating how writers can work with both audible and visual craft. The companion site also includes downloadable forms and guidelines teachers can use with their students to explore writer's craft.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338134520
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/29/2016
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,247,803
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

Lester L. Laminack is Professor Emeritus from department of Birth-Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle Grades Education, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina where he received two awards for excellence in teaching. He is now a full-time writer and consultant working with schools throughout the United States. Lester is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English and served as co-editor of Primary Voices and the children’s book review column of Language Arts. He also served as a teaching editor for the magazine Teaching K-8 and wrote the Parent Connection column. He is a former member of the Whole Language Umbrella Governing Board, the Governing Board and Secretary of the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Board of Directors for the Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking. Lester served as the Basic Reading Consultant to Literacy Volunteers of America from 1987 through 2001 and as a member of the Board of Directors of Our Children’s Place [www.ourchildrensplace. com]. He is the current column editor for The Writing Department of the ILA journal, The Reading Teacher.

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