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Writing Essentials: Raising Expectations and Results While Simplifying Teaching / Edition 1

Writing Essentials: Raising Expectations and Results While Simplifying Teaching / Edition 1

by Regie Routman


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ISBN-13: 9780325006017
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/26/2004
Edition description: BK & DVD
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 270,306
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range: 5 - 11 Years

About the Author

Regie Routman has more than forty-five years of experience working in diverse, underperforming schools across the U.S. and Canada as an educational leader, mentor teacher, literacy coach, classroom teacher, and teacher of students with learning differences. Her current work involves on-site demonstrations of highly effective literacy and leadership practices and side-by-side mentoring and coaching of principals and lead teachers in order to improve reading and writing engagement, achievement, and enjoyment for all learners. Her many research-based books and resources have supported hundreds of thousands of teachers, principals, and educators at all levels to create and sustain trusting, intellectual school cultures where hearing all the voices and ongoing, professional learning are priorities. Regie's books include her Essentials series - Reading Essentials, Writing Essentials, and Teaching Essentials, published by Heinemann, and Literacy Essentials. Regie expertly developed and delivers online professional learning through her Transforming Our Teaching video-based literacy series. Regie also presents two popular Heinemann on-demand courses: Transforming Our Teaching Through Reading to Understand, Grades K - 6; and, Transforming Our Teaching Through Reading-Writing Connections, Grades K-1. Browse all of Regie's Heinemann Online PD offerings alongside her correlating Professional Development Notebooks on Heinemann's Regie Routman Series page. For full information on Regie's publications including her Transforming Our Teaching video-based, literacy series, and on-demand courses, PD offerings, and blogs, see

Table of Contents

One: The Essential Writing Life Simplify the Teaching of Writing

Why Writing Essentials?

Teach What's Essential

12 Writing Essentials for All Grades

Start with Celebration

Change the Status of Kids in the Classroom

Start with a Story

See What Writers Do Well

Make Enjoyment Central to Teaching Writing-Let the Fun Begin

Share Your Writing Life

Bond as a Staff by Writing Together

Examine Your Life as a Writer

Find Your Own Voice

Two: Teaching Essentials Raise Your Expectations

Change the School Culture of Low Expectations

Nurture and Nudge

Rely on an Optimal Learning Model

Focus on the Writer First

Do More Shared Writing

Apply Principles of Instruction and Learning

Implement Shared Writing

A Framework for a Shared Writing Lesson

Teaching Tips to Go Along with Shared Writing

Use Shared Writing to Do Important Word Work

Observe Shared Writing in Action

Tried and True Ideas for Shared Writing

Capitalize on the Reading-Writing Connection

Link Writing with Reading

Ensure Students Read Quality Materials

Examine Written Responses to Reading

Use Writing to Improve Comprehension

Lesson Snapshot: Summary Writing

Three: The Essential Writing Day Be Efficient and Integrate Basic Skills

Start with Meaning and Keep It Whole

Include Audience in All Writing

Teach Explicitly and Tell Students Why

Take Advantage of the "Efficiency of Context"


Teach Useful Minilessons

A Sampling of Common Minilessons

Teach Students to Care About Revision

Focus on Editing After Students Can Produce Quality Writing

Teach Spelling Well

Use Word Walls and Other Resources Effectively

Provide High-Quality Instruction to Writers Who Struggle

Proven Strategies for Writers Who Struggle-and All Writers

Organize for Daily Writing

Broaden Your Definition ofWriting Workshop

Find Time for Daily Writing

Set Up the Environment for Success

Provide More Choice Within Meaningful Structure

Teach Sensible Planning Strategies

Make Excellent Management a Priority

Put Genre Study in Perspective

A Framework for Teaching Writing Genres

Write and Publish More Short Pieces

Do More Publishing

Conference with Students

Know What a Writing Conference Is

Depend on Whole-Class Share

Tips for Successful Whole-Class Shares and Conferences

Use a Variety of Other Conferences

Simplify Writing Conferences

Put the Writer First

Begin with Content Conferences

What to Focus on in a Content Conference

End with Editing Conferences

What to Focus on in an Editing Conference

Hand Over More Responsibility to Students

Use Language that Signals Students to Take More Responsibility

Make Assessment Count

Become More Knowledgeable About Assessment

Put Rubrics in Perspective

Put High-Stakes Testing in Perspective

Put a Schoolwide Assessment Policy into Practice

Work Toward Student Self-Assessment

Four: Advocacy is Also Essential Build on Best Practice and Research

Advocate for Excellence

Be Knowledgeable About Relevant Research

Some Key Research Findings

Take Responsibility for Becoming an Effective Writing Teacher

Adopt Practices of Highly Effective Teachers

Develop a Schoolwide Vision

Teach Kids to Be Courageous as Writers

Use High Achievement to Promote Best Practice Teaching

Make Every Minute Count

Connect Your Home and School Lives

Secrets of Good Writers

Conserve Your Energy

Important Timesavers

My Best Advice

Live Your Life

Conclusion: Write Your Own Ending

Five: Teaching in Action: Lesson Essentials Five-Day Lesson Plans

Secrets of Second Graders-Narrative Writing Lesson

Heart Poems-Poetry Writing Lesson

Procedural Writing-Informational Writing Lesson

Hero Writing-Lesson

Persuasive Writing-Lesson

Teaching Points: Conference Video Clips

Appendices Examining Beliefs AboutWriting

Communications to Parents Letter to Parents About Raising Expectations (Grade 1) Suggestions for Parents

Writing Forms Understanding Nonfiction Writing History Poetry Writing Rubric Word Work Sentence Worksheet Writing Strengths/Next Steps Writing Rubric

Editing Expectations Grade 2, Editing Expectations Grade 4, Editing Expectations

Genre Characteristics Favorite Poetry Books Weekly Professional Conversation Guidelines

Brief Definitions of Terms




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mrsarey on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This is the handbook to successfully teaching writing in today's classrooms. Regie gives first hand accounts of what writing and its instruction should look like in the classroom, and it's not a boring activity. I can't tell you how many ideas I got just from reading this book.