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How Writing Works: Imposing Organizational Structure Within the Writing Process [Paperback]

Gloria Houston
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October 19, 2003 0205366767 978-0205366767 1

Written by award winning, critically acclaimed author, Gloria Houston, this long-awaited text uses a totally new concept in teaching writing by focusing onlearning to write in the real world, not the world of literary writing, using content materials from the entire curriculum. Groundbreaking in the teaching of writing, this text provides instruction in the use of visual organizers to understand how each piece of writing works, supporting its effectiveness with research data and theory from a wide array of fields.


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Houston, How Writing Works, 1e

Written by award winning, critically acclaimed author, Gloria Houston, this long-awaited text uses a totally new concept in teaching writing by focusing on learning to write in the real world, not the world of literary writing, using content materials from the entire curriculum. Groundbreaking in the teaching of writing, this text provides instruction in the use of visual organizers to understand how each piece of writing works, supporting its effectiveness with research data and theory from a wide array of fields.

“(Houston's) approach is fresh, innovative, and based on Houston's own substantial work as a writer, a writing teacher, and a teacher educator.“
Professor Nancy Padak, Kent State University

“As a teacher, I am very excited that this material will...be placed in the hands of a large number of future teachers.“
Professor Marsha M. Lewis, State Coordinator, North Carolina Reading Association

“As I read through (How Writing Works), I found myself wishing I had a classroom of children again.“
Professor Clare E. Hite, University of South Florida

“From the beginning...I thought the book was EXCELLENT. I LOVED it! The profession needs this book...”
Professor Laurie Stowell, Cal State San Marcos

Author Bio

Gloria Houston is best known as an award winning, critically acclaimed author of books for young readers. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree (Dial, 1988) and My Great Aunt Arizona (Harper, 1991) and other books for young readers are perennial best sellers. An internationally recognized educator and writing consultant, she is an IRA Distinguished Educator and winner of the national Excellence in Literacy Education award for an IBM writing curriculum. With k-12 as well as university teaching experience, she is listed in Who's Who in Education and Who's Who in America


Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (October 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205366767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205366767
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a college instructor, I found this textbook invaluable for teaching preservice teachers how to teach narrative, expository, descriptive and persuasive writing.

The explanations, personal examples and models of each genre were extremely practical and easy to understand. It is obvious that the author used and perfected these strategies as she provided inservice to hundreds of teachers and students in her workshops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference manual and self-teaching tool January 14, 2004
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How Writing Works: Imposing Organizational Structure Within The Writing Process by Gloria Houston is an excellent reference manual and self-teaching tool for developing concrete writing skills directly applicable to real-life needs and careers. From a straightforward discussion of narrative and descriptive structures; to cosmetic touches that optimize readability; to assessing one's own skill, and so much more, How Writing Works is thoroughly recommended for all aspiring or practicing writers striving to improve their craft.
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