Ralph Fletcher is bringing joy back to writing
Nothing helps writers grow like practice. But not just any kind of practice will do. You've got to bring the joy! In Joy Write, beloved writer and teacher Ralph Fletcher shows you how.
How do writers really grow?
"A writer needs wide latitude so she can bring all her intelligence to the task," Ralph observes. "Assigning a particular format-a hamburger essay, for instance-would curtail this play, if not eliminate it entirely." That's why, instead of teacher-driven assignments, Joy Write shares the whys and the how of giving students time and autonomy for the playful, low-stakes writing that leads to surprising, high-level growth.
Five ideas for authentic, choice-driven writing
First Ralph makes the case for carving out classroom time for low-stakes writing, despite pressure to focus on persuasive essays and test prep. Then he shares five big ideas for choice-driven, authentic, informal writing-deeply engaging work that kids want to do. He also provides numerous suggestions for helping students build and flex their writing muscles, increase their stamina, and develop passion for expressing themselves with the written word.
"We don't teach students to write," Ralph Fletcher advises, "so much as create a safe space where they can teach themselves by doing." Trust Ralph and find out how to bring the joy to your writers.
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About the Author
Ralph Fletcher has been a mentor to teachers and young writers everywhere. Ralph's latest Heinemann books continue this tradition. His newest book, Joy Write, shares the whys and the how of giving students time and autonomy for the playful, low-stakes writing that leads to surprising, high-level growth. What a Writer Needs, Second Edition mentors teachers and writers in the elements and craft of writing. Mentor Author, Mentor Texts brings inspiration to teachers and students by sharing Ralph's own writing across numerous genres plus writer's notes that reveal his thinking. Ralph frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the U.S. and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Ralph is the beloved author of many bestselling teacher professional books including Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide; Craft Lessons; and Breathing In, Breathing Out as well as the author of firsthand classroom materials such as Teaching the Qualities of Writing and Lessons for the Writer's Notebook. Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Fig Pudding, Twilight Comes Twice, The Writer's Notebook, and Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid. Ralph Fletcher online Listen to a recent Heinemann podcast where Ralph talks about Joy Write (17:31). Read Ralph's latest thoughts at his blog: Living the Writing Life. Listen to an interview with Ralph on Education Talk Radio (38:29). Learn more about Ralph at his website RalphFletcher.com and follow him on Twitter @FletcherRalph.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Personal Note xi
The Big Chill
1 My Beautiful Balloon 3
2 Trouble in Writing Paradise 9
3 Faulty Assumptions 17
4 The Play Imperative 25
A Writing Greenbelt
5 Greenbelt Writing 37
6 The Slice of Life Challenge 43
7 A Classroom Notebook 51
8 Feral Writing 61
9 I'm-Trying-to-Figure-This-Out Writing 73
10 The Reluctant Writer 79
11 The Big Picture 89
12 Ralph on Ralph: A Self-Interview 91