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Teaching Students to Write Effective Essays: Meaningful, Step-by-Step Lessons That Get Students Ready for Writing Assessments Paperback – April 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0439746588 ISBN-10: 0439746582

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439746582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439746588
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marilyn Pryle has taught writing, English literature and ESL for over sixteen. She has lived and taught in Philadelphia, Scranton, and Boston, and began her career in Kathmandu, Nepal, as a Jesuit International Volunteer. In Boston, Marilyn created and taught a full-time eighth-grade writing workshop; this experience served as the springboard for both Teaching Students to Write Effective Essays and Purposeful Conferences, Powerful Writing. Marilyn has also published poems and essays. She currently lives in Clarks Green, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Tim, and sons, Gavin and Tiernan.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MaryBeth Booth on May 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Teaching Students to Write Effective Essays provides an easy to use system to prepare students for writing assessments. It contains detailed lessons on everything from the persuasive essay to poem analysis and AUTHENTIC student examples. In Chapter 10, titled "Arts Review" Ms. Pryle includes a step-by-step approach to writing reviews of cds, movies, plays, and concerts. Her pre-writing questions are very detailed. "Did the scenery[at the concert] add to the music or detract? Did the lead singer connect with the crowd? How?" Mini- lessons or even whole chapters are ready to be photocopied and presented to the class with little or no adjusting. I believe what makes this book unique is its inclusion of reproducible REAL student examples from Ms. Pryle's classes. Students seem more receptive to a new assignment when they see examples of other students that have successfully completed that very same assignment. Finally, not only is the book a great tool to breathe a little creativity into one's lessons, it's so detailed that the assignments would be ideal lesson plans to copy for substitutes, especially in an emergency or extended teacher absence. What a great tool!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Mckenna on May 15, 2007
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This book is fantastic! I have been using the lessons with my middle school students. Ms. Pryle discusses writing and what works with middle school students. She is a former middle school writing teacher and has clearly used these ideas and lessons herself. So many times I read a book that has great ideas and theories, but do not have the time to extract those ideas and create lessons, plans etc. This book have a perfect blend of both clear ideas, step by step instructions, and ready to use resources. Ms. Pryle explains each assignment, and then provides the teacher with reproducable checklists for the kids, mini-lessons, and student examples of the finished product.

This book would also work well in all subject areas, not just language arts. The book has instructions for a "Process (how to) Essay" (great for science or pracical arts!) a "Compare and Contrast Essay, "a "Persuasive Essay," an "Arts Review," and a "Letter for Social Change," among others. These types of assignments would be great for social studies, science, and many other subject areas. I highly recommend this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kortney on August 2, 2010
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I am a middle school Language Arts teacher and attended a conference last year where I wanted to learn more about writing workshop for my students. Marilyn Pryle was a session leader and after the session, I immediately went to the bookstore to purchase this book! It was exactly what I was looking for to use in my classroom. It has made teaching much easier, and my students appreciate the organization that is provided. I also purchased the other two books Marilyn has wrote. The setup of the books make it easy to follow and provide great lessons that I have been looking for. If there is an assignemnt that I create myself, I follow the same setup as the assignments provided in the books. My students really grew after introducing this writing workshop process. Thanks Marilyn!!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lola on February 12, 2013
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... completely inappropriate for high school use. I was really disappointed to discover that. I was hoping to find something a bit more structured and easily used for a quick lesson plan or two.
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