The Unstoppable Writing Teacher

The Unstoppable Writing Teacher Author Maria Colleen Cruz
ISBN-10 032506248X
Year 2015-05-14
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Heinemann Educational Books
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Veteran teacher and author Colleen Cruz has seen it all and done it all in the writing classroom-and she's got something to admit: this is hard work. Real hard. In The Unstoppable Writing Teacher she takes on the common concerns, struggles, and roadblocks that we all face in writing instruction and helps us engage in the process of problem solving each one. From dealing with writing workshop skeptics to working with students both gifted and challenged, and of course combating that eternal barrier-lack of time-Colleen offers tried-and-true strategies to address and overcome obstacles. For the struggles unique to you, she includes a "Name Your Monster" section that helps you identify your own individual roadblocks and even offers sustainable support through her blog, colleencruz.com. "We can't solve all the problems we're faced with in writing instruction," Colleen promises, "but we can choose how to respond to them. And our responses will make all the difference." What makes you unstoppable, or what's stopping you? Connect with Colleen on her blog at www.colleencruz.com/blog.htm or on Twitter, #unstoppablewritingteacher.

Independent Writing

Independent Writing Author Maria Colleen Cruz
ISBN-10 0325005400
Year 2004
Pages 182
Language en
Publisher Heinemann Educational Books
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Presents teacher's notes, examples, and advice for a year of writing instruction.

A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers K 5

A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers  K 5 Author Maria Colleen Cruz
ISBN-10 0325025959
Year 2008
Pages 81
Language en
Publisher Firsthand Books
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In A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers Colleen Cruz shows how to stop struggling with writers who struggle. You'll find effective support for students who say: I'm not a good writer; My hand hurts; I don't know how to spell; I don't have anything to write about; I never get to write anything I want to write; I'm done. A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers is part of the Workshop Help Desk series. About the Workshop Help Desk series The Workshop Help Desk series is designed for teachers who believe in workshop teaching and who have already rolled up their sleeves enough to have encountered the predictable challenges. If you've struggled to get around quickly enough to help all your writers, if you've wondered how to tweak your teaching to make it more effective and lasting, if you've needed to adapt your teaching for English learners, if you've struggled to teach grammar or nonfiction writing or test prep...if you've faced these and other specific, pressing challenges, then this series is for you. Provided in a compact 5" x 7" format, the Workshop Help Desk series offers pocket-sized professional development. For a comprehensive overview of the Units of Study for Teaching Writing series, including sample minilessons, sample videos, curricular calendars, overview presentations, frequently asked questions, and information on the companion principal's guide and the Workshop Help Desk series visit unitsofstudy.com.

The Writing Thief

The Writing Thief Author Ruth Culham
ISBN-10 9781625311412
Year 2016-08-22
Pages
Language en
Publisher Stenhouse Publishers
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It's been said that good writers borrow while great writers steal. Writing thieves read widely, dive deeply into texts, and steal bits and pieces from great texts as models for their own writing. Ruth Culham admits to being a writing thief--and she wants you and your students to become writing thieves, too! A major part of good writing instruction is finding the right mentor texts to share with students. Within this book, you'll discover more than 90 excellent mentor texts, along with straight-forward activities that incorporate the traits of writing across informational, narrative, and argument modes. Chapters also include brief essays from beloved writing thieves such as Lester Laminack, David L. Harrison, Lisa Yee, Nicola Davies, Ralph Fletcher, Toni Buzzeo, Lola Schaefer, and Kate Messner, detailing the reading that has influenced their own writing. Ruth's renowned easy-going style and friendly tone make this a book you'll turn to again and again as you guide your students to reach their full potential as deep, thoughtful readers and great writers. There's a writing thief in each of us when we learn how to read with a writer's eye!

Boy Writers

Boy Writers Author Ralph J. Fletcher
ISBN-10 9781571104250
Year 2006-01-01
Pages 190
Language en
Publisher Stenhouse Publishers
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Suggests ways to create writing classrooms that are boy friendly and offers techniques to engage boys in the writing process.

Unstoppable Me

Unstoppable Me Author Wayne W. Dyer
ISBN-10 9781401919368
Year 2006-11-01
Pages
Language en
Publisher Hay House, Inc
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Presents ten lessons for children that foster confidence and self-esteem, with advice on overcoming worry, dealing with change, making choices, keeping healthy, and being creative.

Day by Day

Day by Day Author Ruth Ayres
ISBN-10 1571108092
Year 2010
Pages 310
Language en
Publisher Stenhouse Publishers
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This book is a collaborative, not isolated, approach to teaching writing. The book is organized around six fundamental components of writing workshop. Each component is broken down into ten-day sections so you can explore the topic in depth. The authors provide daily encouragement, support, practical strategies, tips, advice, and everything you need to run an effective writing workshop.--[book cover]

Emergent Literacy and Language Development

Emergent Literacy and Language Development Author Paula M. Rhyner
ISBN-10 9781606233658
Year 2009-06-18
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Guilford Press
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This concise, accessible book explores the connection between language acquisition and emergent literacy skills, and how this sets the stage for later literacy development. Chapters address formative early experiences such as speaking and listening, being read to, and talking about print concepts and the alphabet. Written for early childhood professionals, reading specialists, and speech–language pathologists, the book describes effective assessment and instructional approaches for fostering language learning and emergent literacy in typically developing children and those at risk for language delays. Vivid case examples illustrate specific ways to collaborate with parents to give all children a strong foundation for school readiness and success.

Best Practices in Writing Instruction

Best Practices in Writing Instruction Author Steve Graham
ISBN-10 9781606237564
Year 2007-02-24
Pages 340
Language en
Publisher Guilford Press
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Highly practical and accessible, this indispensable book provides clear-cut strategies for improving K-12 writing instruction. The contributors are leading authorities who demonstrate proven ways to teach different aspects of writing, with chapters on planning, revision, sentence construction, handwriting, spelling, and motivation. The use of the Internet in instruction is addressed, and exemplary approaches to teaching English-language learners and students with special needs are discussed. The book also offers best-practice guidelines for designing an effective writing program. Focusing on everyday applications of current scientific research, the book features many illustrative case examples and vignettes.

Teaching Writing that Matters

Teaching Writing that Matters Author Chris W. Gallagher
ISBN-10 0545054052
Year 2008
Pages 178
Language en
Publisher Scholastic Teaching Resources
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A new framework for teaching adolescent writing encourages student growth through reflection on writing, purposeful and audience-aware projects, and the support of a writing community. Includes innovative "project toolboxes" that show teachers how to motivate students to write with confidence and skill from their own experiences, the texts they read, and the research they conduct. Features classroom-tested projects that focus on major kinds of school writing. Supports professional learning communities, study groups interested in increasing and improving writing school-wide.

Writing Strategies for All Primary Students

Writing Strategies for All Primary Students Author Janet C. Richards
ISBN-10 0470937203
Year 2011-02-08
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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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.

Border Crossing

Border Crossing Author Maria Colleen Cruz
ISBN-10 1558856455
Year 2003
Pages 130
Language en
Publisher Arte Publico Press
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Eleven-year-old Cesi knows all about her mother's Cherokee and Irish family but little about her father's Mexican heritage, and when she finds no answers at home in California, she sets out on alone for Tijuana.

The Reading Strategies Book

The Reading Strategies Book Author Jennifer Serravallo
ISBN-10 032507433X
Year 2015-06-11
Pages 400
Language en
Publisher Heinemann Educational Books
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With hit books that support strategic reading through conferring, small groups, and assessment, Jen Serravallo gets emails almost daily asking, "Isn't there a book of the strategies themselves?" Now there is. "Strategies make the often invisible work of reading actionable and visible," Jen writes. In The Reading Strategies Book, she collects 300 strategies to share with readers in support of thirteen goals-everything from fluency to literary analysis. Each strategy is cross-linked to skills, genres, and Fountas & Pinnell reading levels to give you just-right teaching, just in time. With Jen's help you'll: develop goals for every reader give students step-by-step strategies for skilled reading guide readers with prompts aligned to the strategies adjust instruction to meet individual needs with Jen's Teaching Tips craft demonstrations and explanations with her Lesson Language learn more with Hat Tips to the work of influential teacher-authors. Whether you use readers workshop, Daily 5/CAFE, guided reading, balanced reading, a core reading program, whole-class novels, or any other approach, The Reading Strategies Book will complement and extend your teaching. Rely on it to plan and implement goal-directed, differentiated instruction for individuals, small groups, and whole classes. "We offer strategies to readers to put the work in doable terms for those who are still practicing," writes Jen Serravallo. "The goal is not that they can do the steps of the strategy but that they become more comfortable and competent with a new skill." With The Reading Strategies Book, you'll have ways to help your readers make progress every day. Visit heinemann.com/readingstrategiesbook/ where you'll find blog posts, videos from Jen Serravallo, community features, and more information on The Reading Strategies Book.

Learning from Classmates

Learning from Classmates Author Lisa Eickholdt
ISBN-10 0325050910
Year 2015-04-09
Pages 112
Language en
Publisher Heinemann Educational Books
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"When we value kids' writing enough to use it to teach other kids, all kids grow into stronger writers. Thanks, Lisa, for writing this important book. I needed it, teachers need it, and the field needs it." -Stephanie Harvey "If students know we believe in them, that the content of their writing matters, more kids will take a risk and try some new things-even if they don't know how to spell all the words or punctuate all the sentences correctly." -Lisa Eickholt Let's face it: Mentor texts are fantastic, but children's literature is the perfect product of adult authors. When we work students' writing into the mentor-text mix, amazing things happen-especially for struggling writers. "I have spent my career working with kids who hate to write," writes Lisa Eickholdt, "when we use our students' writing as a mentor text, we are helping them identify themselves as someone who writes." In Learning from Classmates, Lisa shows you how this simple but powerful idea can help you: deepen your students' engagement during writing time build their writing identities give them the willingness to take the risks necessary for making progress. "Time and again," Lisa writes, "I've watched reluctant and unenthusiastic writers become more eager and willing after their writing was used as a model for other students." The need is great, so her book helps you integrate student writing as mentor texts right away with suggestions for how to: select student writing to share with the class assess your writers and match student writing to individual, small-group, and whole-class needs use student work in writing conferences and minilessons plan power-teaching moves that target writers' needs and build their writing identities. Read Learning from Classmates to discover how your writers grow when they see what their peers can do and say, "I can do that, too!"

Catching Up on Conventions

Catching Up on Conventions Author Chantal Francois
ISBN-10 0325012822
Year 2009-01-01
Pages 124
Language en
Publisher Heinemann Educational Books
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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.