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Thinking Through Genre: Units of Study in Reading and Writing Workshops Grades 4-12 [Paperback]

by Heather Lattimer
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Book Description

January 1, 2003 157110352X 978-1571103529

Being able to read and write in a variety of genres is a common requirement for today's students. Thinking Through Genre supports English teachers who seek to engage their students in genre studies in the reading and writing workshop. The book profiles six different units of study: memoir, feature article, editorial, short story, fairy tale, and response to literature. Each study is set in an individual fifth- through tenth-grade classroom and is described from its theoretical foundations, through the planning for the specific needs of the students, to the teaching, and finally evaluation.

Each chapter features:

  • An exemplary model of the genre. Written by professional authors who are masters of their craft, these models provide readers with a rich foundation in the specific genre.
  • Unit planning guides. The planning guides provide an outline of learning objectives and their progression in both reading and writing workshops.
  • Sample lessons. Practical sample lessons in both reading and writing workshop are woven into the descriptions of each unit.
  • Examples of student work. Examples of student reading responses and written work provide models that can be used in the classroom.
  • Assessment measures. Evaluation suggestions are included in every chapter. An appendix provides examples of rubrics used for specific genres.
  • Lists of resources. Helpful books and periodicals are listed at the end of each chapter to assist teachers in gathering materials for genre studies in their own classrooms.

The classroom-focused nature of this book brings each study to life while simultaneously encouraging readers to borrow, adapt, and change the ideas for their own classrooms. Whether teaching one of the genres profiled here or applying principles to a different unit of study, this book offers clear, research-based, pedagogically sound models that will be appreciated by teachers incorporating genre studies into their reading and writing workshops.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157110352X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571103529
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classroom resource... December 29, 2005
I use this book whenever I sit down to plan a new unit. The thought process Lattimer and the teachers she works with went through for their own planning always inspires me. The tables of questions to consider with students while studying each genre help a lot.

I love the way the chapters describe the way real teachers use Lattimer's guiding questions. I've replicated many of the sample lessons with great success because she describes them so clearly. I've also loaned it to the new teachers I mentor and they find it helpful as well.

Thinking Through Genre presents such a realistic approach to teaching a reading and writing workshop because the teachers in the book work in mostly urban schools and face the same challenges I do. I show the samples of student writing to my students and then they always want to try to write something even better.

The title really has a double meaning because it's about teachers and students thinking through the features of a genre and it is also about using genre studies to teach critical thinking.

I highly recommend this book to all English and Language Arts teachers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing resource! March 21, 2008
By Jen
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I have been teaching at the elementary level for over 10 years. This book deepened my understanding of how to use genre studies to engage students in an inquiry approach that deeply impacts (and improves) their reading and writing even though it was written for use with older students. The opening chapters are easy to read, engaging, and so incredilby informative. The sample lesson plans helped me make concrete connections to how to actually do this approach with kids. It truly deepened how I approach teaching genres to student, and how I am able to make connections for kids between reading and writing in a genre. It's a great and practical resource!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Pedagogy March 24, 2013
I appreciate Lattimer's theoretical approach to genre conventions and the integration of reading and writing. I especially appreciate her chapters on writing responses to literature.
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