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Fun Size Academic Writing for Serious Learning

Fun Size Academic Writing for Serious Learning Author Gretchen Bernabei
ISBN-10 9781483332093
Release 2013-08-05
Pages 264
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Sometimes a student’s best teacher is another student If ever there were a book to respond to the pressure to increase students’ test scores, this is it. You see, Gretchen Bernabei and Judi Reimer have had amazing success using mentor texts by students to teach writing well in any genre. Now, they “hand over their file drawers” and pair 101 student essays with one-page lessons on topics such as how to: Choose a structure across genres Extract thesis statement and main points Support points with details Use rhetorical devices and grammatical constructions Write from the point of view of a fictional character

Text Structures From the Masters

Text Structures From the Masters Author Gretchen Bernabei
ISBN-10 9781506332864
Release 2016-01-29
Pages 248
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Text Structures from the Masters provides 50 short texts written by famous Americans driven by what Peter Elbow described as “an itch” to say something. By examining the structure of these mentor texts, students see that they too have an “itch” and learn how to use the text structure of each document to express it. Each 4-page lesson includes: A planning sheet that shows the structure of the mentor text Brainstorming boxes A method for “kernelizing” (outlining) their own essay Student examples

Mentor Texts

Mentor Texts Author Lynne R. Dorfman
ISBN-10 9781625311313
Release 2017
Pages 368
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It's been a decade since Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli wrote the first edition of Mentor Texts and helped teachers across the country make the most of high-quality children's literature in their writing instruction. In the second edition of this important book Lynne and Rose show teachers how to help students become confident, accomplished writers by using literature as their foundation. The second edition includes brand-new "Your Turn Lessons," built around the gradual release of responsibility model, offering suggestions for demonstrations and shared or guided writing. Reflection is emphasized as a necessary component to understanding why mentor authors chose certain strategies, literary devices, sentence structures, and words. Lynne and Rose offer new children's book titles in each chapter and in a carefully curated and annotated Treasure Chest. At the end of each chapter a "Think About It--Talk About It--Write About It" section invites reflection and conversation with colleagues. The book is organized around the characteristics of good writing--focus, content, organization, style, and conventions. Rose and Lynne write in a friendly and conversational style, employing numerous anecdotes to help teachers visualize the process, and offer strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. This practical resource demonstrates the power of learning to read like writers.

Grammar Keepers

Grammar Keepers Author Gretchen Bernabei
ISBN-10 9781483390208
Release 2015-01-13
Pages 280
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Your best offense against the state assessments No matter what state you teach in, you can be certain that grammar is being tested . . . frequently and across the grades! The biggest issue? Most of our grades 4-12 students continue to make the same old errors year after year. Grammar Keepers to the rescue, with 101 lessons that help students internalize the conventions of correctness once and for all. Bernabei’s key ingredients include Daily journal writing to increase practice and provide an authentic context Minilessons and Interactive Dialogues that model how to make grammatical choices A “Keepers 101” sheet to track teaching and “Parts of Speech Sheet” for student reference

Text Structures From Nursery Rhymes

Text Structures From Nursery Rhymes Author Gretchen Bernabei
ISBN-10 9781506387949
Release 2017-09-14
Pages 280
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A Revolutionary Strategy for Teaching Writing to Children How can we shape young students, often just learning how to hold a pencil, into capable writers? This groundbreaking book offers the solution: a clear framework for guiding children to write in any style, from narrative to persuasive. The key lies in using familiar text structures to break down a story into its main components, immediately thrusting students into the role of the writer. Included are 53 lessons, each centered around a classic nursery rhyme, and all the tools you’ll need to lead your students in crafting their own story — in words, pictures, or both. Discover how text structures, already a success in later grades, can also have a profound impact on younger students’ progress.

Step By Step Strategies for Teaching Expository Writing

Step By Step Strategies for Teaching Expository Writing Author Barbara Mariconda
ISBN-10 0439260817
Release 2001
Pages 128
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Turn the challenge of teaching non fiction writing into a charmed success story! This resource provides logically ordered lessons that work. All aspects of expository writing covered.

The Narrative Writing Toolkit

The Narrative Writing Toolkit Author Sean Ruday
ISBN-10 9781317326397
Release 2016-03-31
Pages 160
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In order for students to write effective narratives, they need to read good narratives. In this practical book, you’ll find out how to use mentor texts to make narrative writing instruction more meaningful, authentic, and successful. Author Sean Ruday demonstrates how you can teach elementary and middle school students to analyze the qualities of effective narratives and then help them think of those qualities as tools to improve their own writing. You’ll learn how to: Introduce your students to the key features of a successful narrative, such as engaging the reader, organizing an event sequence, and crafting a strong conclusion. Assess students’ writing by evaluating the specific attributes of an effective narrative. Make narrative writing an interactive, student-driven exercise in which students pursue their own writing projects. Use mentor texts to help students learn the core concepts of narrative writing and apply those skills across the curriculum. Encourage students to incorporate technology and multimedia as they craft their narratives. The book is filled with examples and templates you can bring back to the classroom immediately, as well as an annotated bibliography with mentor text suggestions and links to the Common Core. You’ll also find a study guide that will help you use this book for professional development with colleagues. Bonus: Blank templates of the handouts are available as printable eResources on our website (

Reviving the Essay

Reviving the Essay Author Gretchen Bernabei
ISBN-10 1931492131
Release 2005-01-01
Pages 83
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If reading school essays puts you to sleep, Gretchen Bernabei's REVIVING THE ESSAY will wake up your students' writing in ways even they never dreamed of. This exciting new resource for students and teachers provides 30 delightful lessons and activities that will awaken all of the senses, challenging and cajoling, stirring and stimulating even the most reluctant writer. Chapter headings such as "Finding your Message," "Finding or Inventing your Structure," "Experimenting with Thick Description," and "Crafting the Essay for a Reader's Ears" quickly reveals the substance and scope of this inventive approach to teaching a form that dates back to Montaigne. Bernabei uses a number of examples, visual prompts and verbal generators to engage students in thinking about every side of a subject.

Acts of Teaching

Acts of Teaching Author Joyce Armstrong Carroll
ISBN-10 1591585171
Release 2008
Pages 501
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Presents guidance on writing, composing, crafting, and inquiry by having students grapple with words and experiences to make meaning, while also providing practical strategies for the writing process and assessment.


Crunchtime Author Gretchen S. Bernabei
ISBN-10 0325026734
Release 2009
Pages 166
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The authors made it their mission to craft writing lessons that are healthy for kids, promote lifelong literacy, and help students with state test scores. Organized around the writing process-selecting topics, crafting drafts, and polishing finished pieces, explicit lessons engage student writers while shoring up the gaps between learning and testing.--[book cover]

High Impact Writing Clinics

High Impact Writing Clinics Author Sara Holbrook
ISBN-10 9781452286853
Release 2013-10-21
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Next-generation lessons for today’s student writers These 20 high-energy projectable lessons for grades 4-8 harness the brevity and potency of poetry for teaching the intricate skills behind writing well in any subject.

What Every Middle School Teacher Needs to Know about Reading Tests from Someone who Has Written Them

What Every Middle School Teacher Needs to Know about Reading Tests  from Someone who Has Written Them Author Charles Fuhrken
ISBN-10 9781571108852
Release 2011-12
Pages 237
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Tests require a special kind of savvy, a kind of critical thinking and knowledge application that is not always a part of classroom reading experiences. Who better to teach you how to prepare your students for reading tests than someone who has written them? Charles Fuhrken has spent years working with several major testing companies and contributing to the reading assessments of various testing programs. What he's learned about testing can help teachers who are interested in teaching effective reading strategies as well as preparing students for reading tests. What Every Middle School Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests (From Someone Who Has Written Them) offers extensive, practical strategies to help students perform well on test day. This ready-to-use, easy-to-understand resource provides a wealth of information about reading tests, including high-quality preparation materials, samples of the most frequently assessed reading standards, and engaging core-reading activities. Charles takes the mystery out of reading tests; he explains how students can learn the language of tests and apply their knowledge of reading to standardized tests. In addition to providing information about reading tests that will help students feel prepared and confident on test day, What Every Middle School Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests provides a wealth of resources that can be incorporated into a teacher's everyday reading work, including vocabulary development, literary techniques, interpretation, comprehension, and more.

I Meant to Tell You

I Meant to Tell You Author James Stevenson
ISBN-10 0688141781
Release 1996
Pages 22
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The author remembers special times that he and his daughter shared as she was growing up.

Writing Extraordinary Essays

Writing Extraordinary Essays Author David Lee Finkle
ISBN-10 0545058988
Release 2008
Pages 160
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How do you turn unmotivated students into eager and accomplished essay writers? In this powerful resource, a master teacher gives you the tools you need to make this happen. Using his own original comic strips to engage students, the author demonstrates a variety of ways to teach students how to organize an essay, create vivid details, make effective word choices, and revise and proofread effectively. He provides rubrics to set clear expectations as well as samples essays that serve as models for students. For use with Grades 5 & Up.

Crafting Expository Argument

Crafting Expository Argument Author Michael Degen
ISBN-10 0985384905
Release 2012-08-01
Pages 266
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Crafting Expository Argument has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Crafting Expository Argument also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Crafting Expository Argument book for free.

Ten Things Every Writer Needs to Know

Ten Things Every Writer Needs to Know Author Jeff Anderson
ISBN-10 9781571108104
Release 2011
Pages 287
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Whether writing a blog entry or a high-stakes test essay, fiction or nonfiction, short story or argumentation, students need to know certain things in order to write effectively. In 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, Jeff Anderson focuses on developing the concepts and application of ten essential aspects of good writing--motion, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter. Throughout the book, Jeff provides dozens of model texts, both fiction and nonfiction, that bring alive the ten things every writer needs to know. By analyzing strong mentor texts, young writers learn what is possible and experiment with the strategies professional writers use. Students explore, discover, and apply what makes good writing work. Jeff dedicates a chapter to each of the ten things every writer needs to know and provides mini-lessons, mentor texts, writing process strategies, and classroom tips that will motivate students to confidently and competently take on any writing task. With standardized tests and Common Core Curriculum influencing classrooms nationwide, educators must stay true to what works in writing instruction. 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know keeps teachers on track--encouraging, discovering, inspiring, reminding, and improving writing through conversation, inquiry, and the support of good writing behaviors.

The Story of My Thinking

The Story of My Thinking Author Gretchen S. Bernabei
ISBN-10 032504239X
Release 2012
Pages 180
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Offers thirteen writing activities that help bridge the gap between narrative and informative writing and encourage students to write nonfiction with voice and conviction.