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The 9 Rights of Every Writer: A Guide for Teachers Paperback – July 1, 2005

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  • Age Range: 5 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325007365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325007366
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vicki Spandel has been a writing teacher, journalist, technical writer, and award-winning video producer. In 1984, she coordinated the seventeen-member teacher team that developed the original, widely acclaimed 6-trait model for writing assessment and instruction, a model that has become the basis for her nationally recognized workshops for teachers K-12. Vicki is the author of numerous books and instructional materials for writing teachers and students, including Creating Writers, Fourth Edition (2005), Creating Young Writers (2004), and the Write Traits Classroom Kits for grades 1-8 as well as for advanced levels.

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In fact, there were parts where I wasn't merely nodding in agreement, I was shouting, "YES!"
Judy
The incredible thing about this book is, it backs up those unconventional thoughts and offers enough proof to convince even the most resistant minds.
Jeannie Henry
One must thoroughly understand the learning target, “good writer”, to speak or write informatively about how to bring students to mastery.
Rick Stiggins

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Anderson on August 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Often books come out that we ought to read. Less often books come out that we want to read. 9 Rights for Every Writer is one you HAVE to read. In this test-crazed world, Vicki Spandel brings us back to our writing-workshop center--to the joy that only comes from teaching writing well. Vicki takes us on a journey, reminding us how effective writing instruction teaches deep thinking and much more. It's essential that our writers have what they deserve. In a reader-friendly style, Vicki eloquently and gently reminds us why we became writing teachers for in the first place, giving us 9 principles to teach by. Did I say you HAD to read this book? You NEED to read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy on February 1, 2006
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Vicki Spandel's infectious faith in writing as thinking will leap into your classroom as you nod your way through this excellent text. In fact, there were parts where I wasn't merely nodding in agreement, I was shouting, "YES!" I love Spandel's encouragement and insights. I love following her advice and feeling her warm support as I work with my third grade writers. This is a wonderful text for new and veteran teachers of writing.
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The most unique feature of Vicki’s book is the idea that students might actually have “rights” when it comes to their learning. Entitlements. To paraphrase briefly, they must be given the opportunity to become personally involved in their writing—to think before and during writing as opposed to producing text like automatons; to write about things they understand and care about versus in response to inane prompts; to play with the writing process and write badly, learning as the grow. Revolutionary! And about time! One must thoroughly understand the learning target, “good writer”, to speak or write informatively about how to bring students to mastery. In her work over the years, Vicki may have developed the most focused and complete vision of this target ever advanced. Her vision is clearly depicted in the nine rights.
Having read her treatment of these academic entitlements, one is left to ask, whose responsibility is it to protect them. In the power structure of schools, students are ill-equipped to defend or demand them on their own. So that leaves their teachers and the communities who support them and their schools; that is, their teachers, parents, school leaders and local school boards. If these adult protectors are to fulfill that role, we must help them understand that good writers cannot be defined merely as masters of the semicolon. They must embrace the idea that good writers are reflective, personally involved, experimental, and able to learn from their mistakes—given the opportunity to learn from them. In short those who would protect students’ rights must understand and endorse them. Vicki’s book is an excellent source of that wisdom.

Rick Stiggins
Lake Oswego OR
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In her wonderfully-written book, Vicki Spandel introduces teachers to not only the nine rights of every writer but to the idea that our student writers have rights and that those rights are the very same rights that adult published authors have. Many of these rights are startling to teachers and open the door to provocative conversations about writing and about teaching which makes this book ideal for learning communities. Not only does Ms Spandel introduce the reader to student writers’ rights but also to authors, such as Gary Paulsen and Lauren Hillenbrand who share their writings and their views of writing, and experts in the field of writing, such as Donald Graves, Jim Burke, and Barry Lane. I have used this book for five years with teachers in my Writing Institutes to prompt discussions about the teaching of writing in K-12 classrooms and to introduce teachers to authorities in the field of writing. Whether readers implement all these strategies in their classrooms, this book is sure to create more writer-friendly classrooms.
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