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Best Practices for Teaching Writing

Best Practices for Teaching Writing
What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do

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March 2007 | 120 pages | Corwin
Join Randi Stone as she visits the classrooms of award-winning teachers to observe their tried-and-tested best practices for teaching writing to elementary, middle school, and high school learners in inclusive classrooms. Explore strategies for building student confidence and achievement in writing and language arts as Stone's teachers demonstrate how to use a reading and writing oasis; blend narrative and descriptive writing; create persuasive cover letters; use annotated bibliographies, autobiography, 'punny' valentines, five circles/five paragraphs; and much more. This book is packed with lessons that work and ideas that will expand the instructional repertoires of new and veteran teachers alike.
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About the Contributors
Burt Saxon, Connecticut
1. Anonymous Responses Enrich Learning
James W. D'Acosta, Connecticut
2. Historical Fiction Using Scenario Groups and Annotated Bibliographies
Christine Chaney, Delaware
3. Five Circles, Five Paragraphs
Linda K. Voelker, Kansas
4. Reading and Writing Oasis Classroom
Dara Feldman, Maryland
5. Teaching . . . Profession and Passion
Beverly R. Plein, New Jersey
6. Connecting Students to the World That Lies Ahead
Nancy Rushing, South Carolina
7. Writing Connections
Brenda Lynch, South Dakota
8. Verbs to Vocation: Using Spanish Verb Tenses to Create an Authentic Cover Letter
Micheline P. Plaskett, Virginia
9. Author's Purpose for Readers' Choice
Elizabeth F. Day, New York
10. Punny Valentines: Creativity and Teamwork
Ganna Maymind, New Jersey
11. Being a Writer: A Tool for Improving Student Writing
Pam Roller, Indiana
12. Published Poems and Stories Treasured Forever
Peter W. Riffle, Pennsylvania
13. What's It Like to Be LD?
Rosemary Fryer, Washington
14. Think--Talk--Write
Sharon Andrews, South Dakota
15. The "Art" of Merging Descriptive and Narrative Writing
Susan Okeson, Alaska
16. Writing the Wrongs: A Middle School Student Unravels the Knots of Her Life Through Writing
Stacy Gardner Dibble, Minnesota
17. Finding the Time to Write in Your Language Arts Curriculum
Carly Pumphrey, West Virginia
18. We Write, You Read, We All Win for Literacy!
Ganna Maymind, New Jersey
19. "Small Moment" Stories: A Way to Improve Student Writing
Carla Hurchalla, Maryland
20. Writing in the Palm of Your Hand
Eric Stemle, Wyoming
21. Walking the Introduction
Nikki Salvatico, Pennsylvania
22. Writing Tools for the First-Grade Classroom
Mary Merrill and Barbara Sabin, Maine
23. Revitalize Your Teaching Through Collaboration and Integration
Vicki Goldsmith, Iowa
24. Lifesaving Technique
C. Joyce Taylor, Arkansas
25. Teaching Writing With an Eclectic Approach Across the Curriculum
Diana W. McDougal, Wyoming
26. Using a Work of Art as a Stimulus for Writing
James Darrell Harris, Texas
27. Making a Move

"Ideas and lesson plans that produce clear results make for an excellent teachers' handbook and education library reference."

The Bookwatch, April 2008
Midwest Book Review

Accurate and research-based information on educational best practices. It provides real-life scenarios in which these practices must be implemented. Great resource!

Professor Fidel Tavara
Assessment and Education, Ana G. Mendez University System
August 29, 2012

Randi B. Sofman

Randi Stone is the author of nine Corwin Press books: Best Practices for Teaching Reading: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, Best Practices for Teaching Social Studies: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, Best Practices for Teaching Writing: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, Best Practices for Teaching Mathematics: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, and Best Practices for Teaching Science: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do. She is a graduate of Clark University, Boston University, and Salem State College. She completed her doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. More About Author