WHAT I KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK: This book and the model of teaching has been adopted by the Darien School District #61, among many others nationwide.
Though I have not yet read this book, I own it and have heard that the lessons re designed to engage students in all types of writing that fit today’s curriculum, as well as giving teachers a tool to assess student writing.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Begins with tips for the teacher: how to set up and conduct the “workshop” method of teaching, including dealing with discipline issues, feedback rules and conferencing one-on-one for grading, revising.
Tear out sheets available as handouts with Lesson plans from Fiction Writing to Essays, Narratives, Persuasive Writing, etc.
Which are your favorite writing books, especially designed for young writers?
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I quickly realized that although I was a true “write by the seat of my pants” kinda gal, that style didn’t bode well for inspiring young writers to approach the blank page.
Through trial and error, I discovered a few books and games I keep coming back to, because they break down specific writing techniques with ease, or they encourage using different parts of a child’s creativity to craft amazing stories.
“Each chapter begins with a thorough discussion of a topic and ends in a highly practical section titled ‘What can I do I my classroom?
’”WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS GAME: Contained in a neat little box the size of a heavy novel, are hundreds of possibilities for writing games/prompts with “Six-Sense” cards, Wheels with multiple choices for Protagonist, Goals, Obstacles and Action, as well as sticks with written prompts for First Sentence, Last Straw (create an arc, helpful for those who avoid conflict) an Non-Sequitur (employs the element of change.) *Some prompts unsuitable for children Of course there are more resources I use, but these are my favorites.