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Study Driven: A Framework for Planning Units of Study in the Writing Workshop Paperback – June 19, 2006
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1. Texts should be used to mentor students to write real things in the ways real writers write.
2. Writing needs to be `studied' and not `taught.'
3. Teachers need to be writers and gatherers of mentor texts, but curriculum can not be determined before the students begin to study.
For teachers who want their students to write well, this is a text that lays out options for letting this happen. You'll want to spend a summer reading it and thinking, so that when you return, you'll be ready for superior kind pedagogy. It is rare for a book to speak so compellingly to all teachers, Kindergarten to College, but I believe that Study Driven is the wonderful exception.
This is all good practice. I was just thrown a bit by the number of bulleted "possibilities" that Ray included. In fact, much of the book seemed to be given over to these "possibilities," none of which are explained in any great depth. I would have preferred more of Ray's personal experiences and greater depth in her case studies.
Nevertheless, if you teach workshop, you might want to check this from the library and take a "survey course" of sorts on the possibilities of study before you, thanks to Ray.
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This is a great textbook! I'd recommend it to any professor to use to help teach their college class. I was actually able to read it without being bored out of my mind. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tami
I bought this for an education class and loved it. Very helpful information, well presented. Katie Wood Ray has a passion for writing workshop and it shows in this book.Published on April 28, 2011 by Cindy Lou Who
Not a very good textbook. I was not impressed. Not many good ideas and just all around not good.Published on June 18, 2009 by S. Clark