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ERIC Number: ED517895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 320
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-4706-1071-8
Writing Strategies for All Primary Students: Scaffolding Independent Writing with Differentiated Mini-Lessons, Grades K-3
Richards, Janet C.; Lassonde, Cynthia A.
Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
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. This book reveals helpful writing strategies, including making associations, planning, visualizing, accessing cues, using mnemonics, and more. It also offers ideas for helping students revise, check, and monitor their writing assignments. This book is divided into five sections. Section I, Developing Understandings About Writing Strategy Mini-Lessons, contains the following chapters: (1) Teaching Writing Strategies in the Classroom (Steve Graham); (2) Incorporating the SCAMPER Writing Strategy Mini-Lesson Model into Your Writing Program (Cindy Lassonde and Janet Richards); (3) Architecture of a Mini-Lesson (Anne Marie Juola-Rushton); (4) The Role of Teachers' Evaluations (Jane Hansen); and (5) Writing Strategy Instruction for Struggling Writers (Rochelle Matthews-Somerville and Eva Garin). Section II, Inventing Strategies, contains the following chapters: (6) Noun Charts (Cynthia B. Leung); (7) Growing a Poem with Interview Buddies (Cindy Lassonde); (8) Let's Tell a Story (Janet Richards); (9) Writing Rockets and Other Graphic Organizers (Todd Sundeen); and (10) Interest Charts (Susan Davis Lenski and Frances Ramos Verbruggen). Section III, Drafting Strategies, contains the following chapters: (11) Reread So You Know What to Write Next (Deborah G. Litt); (12) Where Have I Seen That Word Before? (Ilene Christian); (13) Storyteller Blocks (Joyce C. Fine); (14) Adding Information (Jane Hansen); (15) To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme? (Cindy Lassonde); and (16) Think, Draw, Write, and Share (TDWS) (Cynthia B. Leung). Section IV, Polishing Strategies, contains the following chapters: (17) Act It Out to Discover the Details (Joanne Durham); (18) Personal Editing Checklists (Janet Richards); (19) Adding Dialogue to Fiction and Nonfiction (Lori Czop Assaf); (20) Following Conventions for Writing Dialogue (Deborah Guidry and Neva Ann Medcalf); (21) Color-Coding Editing (Janet Richards); (22) Turning Up the Volume of Voice in Poetry (Cindy Lassonde); and (23) STEP into the Shoes of a Reader (Noreen S. Moore). Section V, Comprehensive Strategies, contains the following chapters: (24) Making Pictures (Gail Verdi and Susan Polirstok); (25) Comprehensive, Step-by-Step Composing for Nonfiction Writing (Janet Richards); (26) Mentoring Authors' Voices Through Readers' Theater (Timothy V. Rasinski and Chase J. Young); and (27) Think Back, Look Forward (Tracy L. Coskie and M. Michelle Hornof). Subject index and name index are also included. [Foreword by Susan B. Neuman]
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A