• Language Arts & Disciplines

Mechanically Inclined

Building Grammar, Usage, and Style Into Writer's Workshop
Author: Jeff Anderson
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571104127
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 200
View: 1526
Places grammar theory in context with practical instruction strategies, explains why students often don't understand or apply grammar correctly, and demonstrates how to create a workshop environment that supports grammar and mechanics concepts.

    • Education

Ten Things Every Writer Needs to Know


Author: Jeff Anderson
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571108106
Category: Education
Page: 287
View: 3394
Whether writing a blog entry or a high-stakes test essay, fiction or nonfiction, short story or argumentation, students need to know certain things in order to write effectively. In 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, Jeff Anderson focuses on developing the concepts and application of ten essential aspects of good writing--motion, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter. Throughout the book, Jeff provides dozens of model texts, both fiction and nonfiction, that bring alive the ten things every writer needs to know. By analyzing strong mentor texts, young writers learn what is possible and experiment with the strategies professional writers use. Students explore, discover, and apply what makes good writing work. Jeff dedicates a chapter to each of the ten things every writer needs to know and provides mini-lessons, mentor texts, writing process strategies, and classroom tips that will motivate students to confidently and competently take on any writing task. With standardized tests and Common Core Curriculum influencing classrooms nationwide, educators must stay true to what works in writing instruction. 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know keeps teachers on track--encouraging, discovering, inspiring, reminding, and improving writing through conversation, inquiry, and the support of good writing behaviors.

    • Education

Everyday Editing

Inviting Students to Develop Skill and Craft in Writer's Workshop
Author: Jeff Anderson
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571107096
Category: Education
Page: 164
View: 2831
Editing is often seen as one item on a list of steps in the writing process—usually put somewhere near the end, and often completely crowded out of writer's workshop. Too many times daily editing lessons happen in a vacuum, with no relationship to what students are writing. In Everyday Editing, Jeff Anderson asks teachers to reflect on what sort of message this approach sends to students. Does it tell them that editing and revision are meaningful parts of the writing process, or just a hunt for errors with a 50/50 chance of getting it right—comma or no comma? Instead of rehearsing errors and drilling students on what's wrong with a sentence, Jeff invites students to look carefully at their writing along with mentor texts, and to think about how punctuation, grammar, and style can be best used to hone and communicate meaning. Written in Jeff's characteristically witty style, this refreshing and practical guide offers an overview of his approach to editing within the writing workshop as well as ten detailed sets of lessons covering everything from apostrophes to serial commas. These lessons can be used throughout the year to replace Daily Oral Language or error-based editing strategies with a more effective method for improving student writing.

    • Education

Patterns of Power

Inviting Young Writers Into the Conventions of Language, Grades 1-5
Author: Jeff Anderson,Whitney La Rocca
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1625311850
Category: Education
Page: 446
View: 3726
Jeff Anderson and literacy coach Whitney La Rocca take you into primary and intermediate classrooms where students are curious about language, engage with the world around them, and notice and experiment with the conventions all writers use. Instead of chanting grammar rules or completing countless convention worksheets, we invite young writers to explore conventions as special effects devices that activate meaning. Our students study authentic texts and come to recognize these "patterns of power"--the essential grammar conventions that readers and writers require to make meaning. The first part of the book introduces a vibrant approach to grammar instruction and sets up what you need to immerse yourself in the Patterns of Power process, inviting students to experiment and play with language. The second part of the book offers over seventy practical, ready-to-use lessons, including: Extensive support materials Over 100 mentor sentences, curated for grades 1-5 Student work samples Tips and power notes to facilitate your own knowledge and learning Examples for application In Patterns of Power Jeff and Whitney suggest that taking just five minutes from your reading workshop and five minutes from your writing workshop to focus on how the conventions connect reading and writing will miraculously affect your students' understanding of how language works for readers and writers.

    • Education

When Writing Workshop Isn't Working

Answers to Ten Tough Questions, Grades 2-5
Author: Mark Overmeyer
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571104046
Category: Education
Page: 152
View: 9628
Provides practical advice for overcoming common problems associated with teaching writing to students, and offers help in developing vocabulary skills, preparing students for standardized tests, and much more.

    • Education

Teaching Adolescent Writers


Author: Kelly Gallagher
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571104224
Category: Education
Page: 200
View: 5770
"Describes strategies for teaching writing to adolescents, including teaching the reasons writing is important, meeting student needs in learning writing, modeling good writing by the teacher, using real-world models of writing, giving students choice, writing for authentic, real-world purposes, and assessing student writing"--Provided by publisher.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Teacher's Guide to Effective Sentence Writing


Author: Bruce Saddler
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1462506771
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 176
View: 6472
This practical book provides explicit instructions for teaching sentence-level skills to students who have difficulties in this area. The author explains the key role of sentence combining in the writing process and presents effective techniques for instruction and assessment. Numerous sample lessons, practice activities, planning tips, and grammatical pointers make it easy for teachers to incorporate sentence combining and construction into the writing curriculum at all grade levels (2-12). Accessible and engaging, the book helps teachers and students experiment with different ways to arrange thoughts and produce meaningful written work.

    • Education

Catching Up on Conventions

Grammar Lessons for Middle School Writers
Author: Chantal Francois,Elisa Zonana
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325012827
Category: Education
Page: 124
View: 6252
Chantal and Elisa show us the teaching and learning of conventions as part of a personal and collective striving toward proficiency, power, and independence. They help us conceive the daily work of learning language as part of more mythic work, which is that of becoming greater than we were. - Mary Ehrenworth Author of The Power of Grammar Are Chantal Francois and Elisa Zonana's students like yours? Economically, linguistically, and culturally diverse; excited to write; yet underprepared for the kinds of writing demanded in middle school and beyond? Don't be daunted. Francois and Zonana found a solution, and in Catching Up on Conventions they share lessons that help kids quickly master Standard English grammar. Catching Up on Conventions will make a difference in your writing workshop and in your middle schoolers' lives. With Catching Up on Conventions and its annotated lesson plans, you'll: make key grammatical rules explicit and scaffold learning through highly structured, tightly focused lessons strengthen students' narrative and expository writing give students specific tools for editing and revising support code-switching between the language students use outside the classroom and Standard English. Francois and Zonana designed Catching Up on Conventions to be easy for you to implement and highly effective. It raises students' awareness of Standard English grammar with: targeted lessons that slide into even the most packed curriculum. teaching based on widely recognized best practices that are proven to work. suggestions for instructional language and assessment practices that empower linguistic choice rather than "correct" or devalue the language skills students bring to school. For success in school, Standard English grammar isn't optional - it's an option every student must have. But it's not too late for underprepared students to find the power of choice and take their passion for writing to a whole new level. Not when they're Catching Up on Conventions.

    • Education

Revision Decisions

Talking Through Sentences and Beyond
Author: Jeff Anderson,Deborah Dean
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1625310064
Category: Education
Page: 192
View: 420
Revision is often a confusing and difficult process for students, but it's also the most important part of the writing process. If students leave our classrooms not knowing how to move a piece of writing forward, we've failed them. Revision Decisions will help teachers develop the skills students need in an ever-evolving writing, language, and reading world. Jeff Anderson and Deborah Dean have written a book that engages writers in the tinkering, playing, and thinking that are essential to clarify and elevate writing. Focusing on sentences, Jeff and Deborah use mentor texts to show the myriad possibilities that exist for revision. Essential to their process is the concept of classroom talk. Readers will be shown how revision lessons can be discussed in a generative way, and how each student can benefit from talking through the revision process as a group. Revision Decisions focuses on developing both the writing and the writer. The easy-to-follow lessons make clear and accessible the rigorous thinking and the challenging process of making writing work. Narratives, setup lessons, templates, and details about how to move students toward independence round out this essential book. Additionally, the authors weave the language, reading, and writing goals of the Common Core and other standards into an integrated and connected practice. The noted language arts teacher James Britton once said that good writing "floats on a sea of talk." Revision Decisions supports those genuine conversations we naturally have as readers and writers, leading the way to the essential goal of making meaning.

    • Education

Write Like this

Teaching Real-world Writing Through Modeling & Mentor Texts
Author: Kelly Gallagher
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571108963
Category: Education
Page: 264
View: 1043
Recognizing the importance that modeling plays in the learning process, high school English teacher Kelly Gallagher shares how he gets his students to stand next to and pay close attention to model writers, and how doing so elevates his students' writing abilities. --from publisher description.

    • Education

Real Revision

Authors' Strategies to Share with Student Writers
Author: Kate Messner
Publisher: Stenhouse Pub
ISBN: 9781571108562
Category: Education
Page: 268
View: 9255
How do you show students that revision is more than a classroom exercise to please the teacher? Take them into the real world of writing for publication. In Real Revision, award-winning author and teacher Kate Messner demystifies the revision process for teachers and students alike and provides tried-and-true revision strategies, field tested by students' favorite authors. Kate takes us on a behind-the-scenes look at how more than thirty-five authors--including Julie Berry, Watt Key, Loree Griffin Burns , Jane Yolen, Lisa Schroeder, Suzanne Selfors, Eric Luper, Danette Haworth, and Kathi Appelt--revise their works, often many times over, before they appear on library and bookstore shelves. Using successful strategies from her own classroom, Kate teaches how authors use research, brainstorming, and planning as revision tools; how they revise to add detail and make characters stronger; and how students can use those same techniques for all kinds of writing in the classroom. Real Revision features dozens of reproducible "mentor author" pages, with quotes from the authors about their revision processes, and includes related classroom-ready activities. For any teacher who wants to produce strong real-world writers, Real Revision will infuse the classroom with new energy as students use mentor authors as models for their own revision and writing.

    • Education

Infusing Grammar Into the Writer's Workshop

A Guide for K-6 Teachers
Author: Amy Benjamin,Barbara Golub
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317566270
Category: Education
Page: 110
View: 1822
Help your students improve their language skills and become stronger readers and writers. In this timely book, literacy experts Amy Benjamin and Barbara Golub offer best practices for fortifying the writer’s workshop model with meaningful, relevant instruction in grammar. The book answers questions such as... What does a writer’s workshop look like and how does it fit into balanced literacy models? How does grammar fit into a writer’s workshop? How can you use natural language acquisition to transition children from non-Standard to Standard English patterns? How can you teach students to identify a complete sentence? What are effective ways to teach parts of speech? How can you build on nouns and verbs to teach adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, and dependent clauses? In each chapter, you’ll find out exactly what teaching the targeted concept looks like in a workshop classroom. Examples are provided for different grade levels and can be adapted as necessary to meet your needs. This book is a No-Worksheet Zone. You’ll learnhow to present grammar using authentic text and talk, leading to more durable learning.

    • Education

Writing on Demand

Best Practices and Strategies for Success
Author: Anne Ruggles Gere,Leila Christenbury,Kelly Sassi
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325007281
Category: Education
Page: 253
View: 7317
Grades 7-12 InWriting on Demand, you'll discover how to help your students gain the valuable skills they need to succeed on the essay portions of the SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement, and other exams and to help them develop as writers. Anne Ruggles Gere, Leila Christenbury, and Kelly Sassi take you through the entire testing process, offering insights on several key strategies for on-demand writing, including how to: quickly decode writing prompts to uncover the goals and expectations of the assignment organize thoughts swiftly and use the allotted time efficiently understand how tests are scored approach the scorers as an audience Most importantly, they show you how integrate these strategies into a program of best practices instead of mere test prep.

    • Education

Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Writing


Author: Constance Weaver,Jonathan Bush
Publisher: Heinemann
ISBN: 9780325007588
Category: Education
Page: 299
View: 4143
Provides teaching ideas and lessons plans for teachers on grammar instruction for middle and secondary school students to improve their writing skills.

    • Education

The Teacher-Writer

Creating Writing Groups for Personal and Professional Growth
Author: Christine M. Dawson
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 080777510X
Category: Education
Page: N.A
View: 2150
The Teacher-Writer shows how teachers can pursue and sustain personally and professionally worthwhile writing practices, even amidst the many demands associated with teaching. It meets teachers wherever they are—as novice teachers just beginning to pursue writing, as teachers emerging from a professional development experience, or as accomplished writers seeking to further their craft. Chapter by chapter, the book provides strategies to help teachers get started on projects, build energy for writing, overcome obstacles of limited time, create support systems using online technologies, and develop coherence across their writing lives. The text includes useful writing group routines, questions for framing collaborative inquiry, methods for adapting writing communities to online settings, and rich examples of conversations and texts shared in actual teacher writing group meetings. Book Features: Focuses on teacher-writers and their actual experiences working together in a writing group, including benefits and challenges. Includes vignettes taken from writing group meetings that demonstrate the variety of ways teachers may participate and engage in writing. Offers practical suggestions for teachers seeking to form writing groups, including plans for online groups. Shares strategies to help teacher-writers expand their concepts of writing to include everything from exploratory texts to professional and academic writing. “An extremely important read for every teacher of writing, this book focuses on the development of ideas and the exploration of language and structure instead of formulaic routines. Here we see how teachers can locate (or reawaken) themselves as writers bringing fresh language, literacy excitement, and expertise into their classrooms.” —Judith A. Langer, distinguished research professor, University at Albany “Readers of Christine Dawson’s new book might be surprised to find themselves in a novelistic world where the literary characters are women who, through talk and writing, act in and on their complex lives. They are teachers, yes, but they are also thoughtful mothers and daughters, wives and friends, and ready companions. This is a newly liberated notion of a writing group—of women who teach—and a practical guide to those readers inspired to start their own group.” —Anne Haas Dyson, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

    • Reference

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style


Author: Laurie Rozakis
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781592571154
Category: Reference
Page: 404
View: 9920
Provides information on grammatical rules and how to use them, with advice on adding variety to writing, and examples of the right and wrong way to say things.

    • Education

The Inside Guide to the Reading-Writing Classroom, Grades 3-6

Strategies for Extraordinary Teaching
Author: Leslie Blauman
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325098258
Category: Education
Page: 288
View: 6434
"These are the tried and true lessons I return to year after year. The lessons that students said made a difference in their writing and that will bring power and beauty to your students' writing and to your writing classroom." -Leslie Blauman "What's wrong with a little mentorship?" Leslie Blauman asks. Reap the benefits of her years as a Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) teacher with 31 of her best kid-tested and approved lessons that lead to great student writing. Not only are these research-based writing lessons kids' self-proclaimed favorites, they incorporate mentor texts, support the Common Core State Standards, and are research-based. Four lesson clusters reflect Leslie's core beliefs for teaching: writing narratives, informative texts, and opinion pieces/arguments a love of language, word play, vocabulary, and poetry writing fictional narratives writing research-based nonfiction. Use these generative lessons as a springboard-giving them your personal stamp-and watch as they lead to great writing for authentic purposes and in testing situations.

    • Education

When Writers Drive the Workshop

Honoring Young Voices and Bold Choices
Author: Brian Kissel
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1625310730
Category: Education
Page: 186
View: 5712
In this practical, engaging book, former elementary school teacher and university professor Brian Kissel asks teachers to go back to the roots of writing workshop. What happens when students, not planned teaching points, lead writing conferences? What happens when students, not tests, determine what they learned through reflection and self-evaluation? Writing instruction has shifted in recent years to more accountability, taking the focus away from the writer. This book explores what happens when empowered writers direct the writing workshop. Through stories from real classrooms, Brian reveals that no matter where children come from, they all have the powerful, shared need to be heard. And when children choose their writing topics, their lives unfold onto the page and teachers are educated by the young voices and bold choices of these writers. Written in an engaging, teacher-to-teacher style, this book focuses on four key components of writing workshop, with an eye on what happens when teachers step back and allow students to drive the instruction: Conferring sessions where students lead and teachers listen Author's Chair where students set the agenda and ask for feedback Reflection time and structures for students to set goals and expectations for themselves Mini-lessons that allow for detours based on students' needs, not teacher or curricular goals Each of the chapters includes practical ideas, a section of Guiding Beliefs, a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and some Digital Diversions to help teachers see the digital possibilities in their classrooms.

    • Education

Writing Circles

Kids Revolutionize Workshop
Author: Jim Vopat,James Vopat
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325017464
Category: Education
Page: 199
View: 2215
"If literature circles work with your readers, Jim Vopat has exciting news: peer-led small groups are just as effective with writers. Read Writing Circles and find out how they: lead students from practice to progress as they write, respond, and lead one another toward better writing ; motivate and engage everyone through choice--including struggling writers and English learners ; develop voice and encourage risk-taking across genres ; rehabilitate the writing wounded and nurture growth through peer response--not critique ; make teaching more efficient by reducing the need for one-on-one conferring. Vopat helps you get started with circles and shows how they can help you achieve instructional goals. He includes step-by-step guidance for implementation and assessment, activities that make management smooth, and minilessons that scaffold growth in skills, topic selection, and craft. Writing Circles are a revolution, not an evolution, in writing workshop--the missing link between independent student writing and whole-group instruction. Try them with your students; give kids the space, safety, and support they need; and see why circles are as powerful for writers as they are for readers."--Publisher's website.

    • Education

Getting It Right

Fresh Approaches to Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Correctness
Author: Michael William Smith,Jeffrey D. Wilhelm
Publisher: Teaching Resources
ISBN: 9780439669337
Category: Education
Page: 181
View: 8644
Describes the principals and methods of teaching English language grammar and usage.