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A very teacher-useful book...finally!
on October 1, 2000
After suffering through Lucy Calkins's huge book of little use and Donald Graves's dry meditations, I finally found a book that is worth saving after that graduate writing course is over. Tompkins devotes a good deal of time discussing the many types of expository writing and many genre studies, above and beyond the theories and ideas about setting up a writing workshop. The activities and examples are clear and useful, the diagrams terrific. Tompkins really knows how to write and, I assume, to teach. I will be using this book to teach graduate students of education and add its wonderful contents to my own repetoire of teaching tools in my 4th gr. classroom.