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About the Authors: Writing Workshop with Our Youngest Writers 1st Edition

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Between her passion for elementary writing instruction and a love of children's literature, Katie Wood Ray found herself asking, "What if children were introduced to key qualities of good writing in the context of illustrations?" This question led to the research behind In Pictures and In Words. The answer was simple yet powerful: "The thinking students do while reading picture books can help them see the connection between what words and illustrations do to make meaning." As an author of bestselling Heinemann books such as Already Ready, Study Driven, About the Authors, and What You Know By Heart and as a member of Heinemann Professional Development Services, Katie has always given teachers resources and PD that transform writing instruction and help children discover a lifelong love of writing. A former Associate Professor at Western Carolina University Katie is now a full time writer and researcher of the teaching of writing. With a particular focus on the study of writing craft, she leads teacher workshops and summer institutes across the nation related to the teaching of writing. Her professional background includes both elementary and middle school teaching experience and two years as a staff developer at The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, Columbia University. She was also the coeditor of the journal Primary Voices K-6, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English. Katie is also the author or coauthor of Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in the Whole Language Classrooms (1996, NCTE), Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom (1999, NCTE), and The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (And Theyre All Hard Parts) (2001, NCTE). A frequent speaker at conferences and summer institutes around the country, Katie also has extensive experience teaching teachers in workshop and demonstration settings. Katie Wood Ray is a Heinemann Professional Development presenter. EC0410

The 2002 recipient of the prestigious NCTE/Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing, Lisa B. Cleaveland is a first-grade teacher at Jonathan Valley Elementary School in Waynesville, North Carolina, where she conducts a writing workshop every morning at 9:00 am sharp.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (January 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325005117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325005119
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Wert on September 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
As indicated by the title, this book is about using writing workshops with students in kindergarten through second grade. Although writing is the point of these workshops, the students are not asked to just write anything. The workshops provide a specific goal for students: to make stuff, more specifically to make and write books. The authors thoroughly describe the hour long writing workshops, functions, and teaching opportunities that are typical of an average workshop. Rich examples of the authors' experiences, along with samples of students' work are used throughout each chapter to further develop the objectives of the writing workshops and provide inspirational ideas to readers. The chapters themselves are organized into three sections, adding structure for the many components of the workshop.
The first section, titled Building a Strong Foundation, describes why writing workshops are beneficial to the improvement of students' writing; their complex operations; and the importance of avoiding the isolation of writing to the workshops through daily integration. The explanations for utilizing such a writing program make perfect sense to anyone who has ever worked with young children. Making stuff is developmentally appropriate and helps students take ownership and invest themselves in their work. To take it further, making books helps students read and even live like writers. Then, when students are saturated with writing and learning about language all day long, during the elaborate functions of the writing workshop and through the integration of writing, they don't even notice because they have a purpose and are having fun. According to Katie and Lisa, all of this shows in their wonderful approximations that they call books.
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By teacher526 on September 25, 2007
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If you are at all doubtful or confused how to conduct writers workshop with
younger (K and 1) students this book is for you. It outlines how to get started and sustain successful writing throughout the year. Book layout is easy to read (plenty of space in the margins for notes) and there are pictures along the way to clarify and inspire new great ideas in any classroom. A must read if you are in K or 1 for the first time or want to implement a writers workshop.
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This is a great book to help k-2 teachers implement writing workshop in the classroom. It offers ideas on how to begin, units of study, and books to incorporate into your mini-lessons. I recommend this book to anyone venturing into the writing workshop approach to teaching writing to young children.
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Not only is this book chock full of sound advice, rationale, and examples (a good balance, too!), but Katie Wood Ray is a remarkable author herself and serves as a wonderful model as she writes about teaching writing. I read this book cover to cover during a pretty densely packed quarter at school and have gone back to it again and again as a rich resource.
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How do you begin implementing writing workshop when your students scribble, draw or only write one word, rather than sentences? You begin by having them make "stuff" or books. You also read About the Authors and implement Katie Wood Ray's suggestions. This book is the result of Katie Wood Ray's co-teaching experience with first grade teacher, Lisa Cleaveland as they worked together to set up writing workshop. It offers ideas for getting started as well as reflections of things that didn't go as planned and what the children AND authors learned in the process. A great summer read for primary teachers!
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I was disappointed with the packaging. My book had a tare on the spine and it looked liked someone had put two holes in the package. For $33.00 I should have received a book that did not have anything wrong with it. I did purchase this brand new.
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This is a well written book that enables readers to understand both the theory and the implementation of writing workshop. The authors provide examples of children's writing as well as detailed information about the components of writing workshop such as mini lessons.
It's an inspiring book that makes teachers eager to introduce writing workshop into their classrooms.
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This is another great book by Katie Wood Ray! I have been a fan since Wondrous Words and am never disappointed with her work. In this book she helps teachers find ways to reach younger writers. Anyone who works with primary students will find something here. Lots to love in this one!
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