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Blueprint for Exceptional Writing Paperback – June 23, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0205571741 ISBN-10: 0205571743 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (June 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205571743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205571741
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Thank you so much for…Blueprint for Exceptional Writing!!!!  What an outstanding resource for teachers!  It's so full of practical tools, tips and strategies that are clearly based on research and best practice.  I hope it reaches many teachers.”  –Marcia Leone, K-12 Education Outreach Specialist, East Lansing, MI


"As a principal and former English teacher, I can see that Jennifer Fontenot’s Blueprint for Exceptional Writing is powerful. This is the system to teach the building blocks of great writing in a coherent and intuitive manner. Blueprint allows a student's understanding to grow through the elements that make up great writing. This is how writing should be taught!" --Alex McNeece, Principal, Douglas Elementary, MI


"The presentation [was] clear, organized, and fun: my teachers left this presentation with a powerful blueprint for teaching writing!" --Alex McNeece, Principal, Douglas Elementary, MI on the Blueprint for Exceptional Writing Workshop   



From the Back Cover

Jennifer Fontenot - Karen Carney

Blueprint for Exceptional Writing, 1/e


As writing courses and workshops for K-8 teachers place a greater emphasis on instructing students to demonstrate content power in compositions, educators need an exciting, research-validated plan to teach good writing. Celebrated educators Jennifer Fontenot and Karen Carney have devised a unique framework—a Blueprint—to coach every learner toward exceptional writing. Their multi-sensory Master Plan uses an interactive model that motivates proficient or challenged students to think, plan, and write essays that are expressive and focused. Comprehensive and diverse, this resource includes various proficient and non-proficient student work samples from across the four genres, giving teachers a wide selection of examples to help them put the Blueprint into effect in their classrooms. Perfect for book club study groups, this book is packaged with a DVD that teachers can watch, learn and model along with the author. Learn to build writing skills that support success from year to year with the Blueprint framework!


“This book…is exactly what classroom teachers need. It is reachable, doable, and practical.”  —Auleen Jarrett, Henry Ruff Elementary, Garden City, Michigan


“Educators today are burdened with meeting all the requirements of national standards; Blueprint for Exceptional Writing has done it for them!”  —Dr. Debra Christian, speech & language pathologist and ESL trainer, Plymouth, Michigan


Jennifer Fontenot is a 30-year veteran teacher consultant in public education and an adjunct faculty member in special education at Eastern Michigan University. Jennifer was honored as Teacher Educator of the Year in 2007, from the Michigan Reading Association, and Teacher of the Year in 2006, from the American Legion Association.


Karen Carney is an associate professor in the special education department at Eastern Michigan University. Karen’s career in education extends over 30 years, as a teacher and consultant for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, a primary teacher, an elementary principal, and a special education director. She has worked in public schools in Connecticut, in Wyoming, and outside of Sydney, Australia.

More About the Author

Jennifer Fontenot is a teacher consultant in public education where she has taught for nearly 30 years. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Michigan University in the department of special education. She has also been an assistant professor of special education at Marywood College. She received her doctorate from Wayne State University where she focused on developing special education programs. Jennifer has been honored as Teacher Educator of the Year in 2007 from the Michigan Reading Association and Teacher of the Year in 2006 from the American Legion Association.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Gajda on July 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I was a kid back in grade school writing was assigned not taught. We hated writing more than any other assignment type. The first (and biggest) stumbling block was usually, "What should I write about?" Typically, the assignment wasn't started until the night before it was due and, as you can imagine, the quality of the finished product was pretty poor.

Blueprint for Exceptional Writing provides a set of strategies that enable a teacher to actually TEACH writing in an organized and structured manner. A writing assignment is completed in the classroom in a step by step process with the students and teacher interacting throughout each step. Time is set aside on a day-by-day basis for two to three weeks for each writing assignment. At the end of that time period each student - including those with special needs - completes a writing piece he or she can be proud of. Then each student assignment is celebrated by being PUBLISHED using one of dozens of publishing suggestions provided by the authors.

Each step in the process works because it has been validated by research. Although the phases and steps in the Blueprint process are general in nature, the authors show how they can be applied to the most commonly required genres in state high-stakes tests. The book also includes a DVD showing one of the authors in an actual classroom environment teaching each phase of the Blueprint process.

The bottom line is that students produce quality written work and enjoy the process from beginning to end. Sure wish writing was taught this way when I was a kid.
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