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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

Add these innovative and proven strategies to your instructional toolbox!

Join Randi Stone as she visits the classrooms of award-winning teachers to observe their tried-and-tested best practices for teaching writing to diverse elementary, middle, and high school learners.

Linked to companion volumes for teaching mathematics and science, and presenting insightful methods for building student comprehension and confidence, this book:

  • Models techniques for improving achievement in literacy, vocabulary, student writing, and language arts
  • Demonstrates turning a classroom into a reading and writing oasis, teaching students to blend descriptive and narrative writing, and helping learners create persuasive cover letters
  • Illustrates techniques that utilize annotated bibliographies, "Punny Valentines," "Five Circles/Five Paragraphs," and much more

Packed with creative ideas and lessons that produce results, this resource will be used again and again by new and veteran teachers to expand their instructional repertoires and enrich students' writing experiences.

About the Author
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
Key features
  • 27 tried-and-tested best practices for teaching writing to elementary, middle school, and high school learners in inclusive classrooms
  • Award-winning classroom teachers model and explain their favorite instructional techniques
  • Featured strategies include 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
  • Companion volumes feature strategies for teaching Mathematics and Science