From Library Journal
Fletcher, a freelance writer, visits classrooms in the New York City schools to teach writing. Here, he describes his activities. Inspired by Lucy Calkins of the Columbia University Writing Project, he draws teachers into a new approach to writing. Fletcher's early encounters often prove frustrating, and his description of a typical uncooperative teacher as a "snarling lump of inertia" will make educators uncomfortable. At the end, Fletcher reveals that not only have the students and teachers learned, but he too has acquired a wisdom that he lacked in the beginning. This easy-to-read book joins the ranks of others, like Nancie Atwell's In the Middle (Heinemann, 1987), that report on the teaching of writing in the classroom. For informed laypersons and specialists.-Nancy E. Zuwiyya, Binghamton City Sch. Dist . , N.Y.
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About the Author
Ralph Fletcher has been a mentor to teachers and young writers everywhere. Ralph's latest Heinemann books continue this tradition. What a Writer Needs, Second Edition mentors teachers and writers in the elements and craft of writing. Mentor Author, Mentor Texts brings inspiration to teachers and students by sharing Ralph's own writing across numerous genres plus writer's notes that reveal his thinking. Ralph frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the U.S. and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Ralph is the beloved author of many bestselling teacher professional books including Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide; Craft Lessons; and Breathing In, Breathing Out as well as the author of firsthand classroom materials such as Teaching the Qualities of Writing and Lessons for the Writer's Notebook. Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Fig Pudding, Twilight Comes Twice, The Writer's Notebook,and Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid. Ralph Fletcher online » Read Ralph's latest thoughts at his blog: Living the Writing Life. » Listen to an interview with Ralph Fletcher on Education Talk Radio - 1/10/2012 (38:29) » Learn more about Ralph at his website www.ralphfletcher.com and on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Fletcher..