- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (July 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160844645X
- ISBN-13: 978-1608446452
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Compose Yourself!: A Guide to Critical Thinking and Analytical Writing in Secondary School
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What I love about the text: It clearly breaks down the steps of writing in different modes (that is, writing for different purposes - to evaluate, to argue, to explain, etc). There are charts and lists that help students understand what they need to do in each stage and how to get to the goal of the essay. Very good stuff.
Teachers who fear that logical, structured writing stifles creativity will discover the opposite is true: students will achieve a level of expression that goes far beyond formulaic narrative, the kind of writing taught in elementary schools. Invariably, the most enduring works of fiction are built on a strong, though subtle and nuanced, underlying structure.
Disciplined thinking and disciplined writing should be required in every subject, including math and science. Giving students the tools to express themselves coherently and with ease is the best gift a teacher or parent could possibly give them. I wish my early mentors had been handed a copy of Stempel's guidebook.
I would like to add that a visit to Stempel's Web site (lightbulblearning.net) is well worth the time spent perusing her thoughts on education.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good starting point for younger students. I was looking more for a text for a student with difficulty writing for college courses.Published on September 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
As I paged through Compose Yourself, I gasped in amazement at how concepts of writing and language that I had always taken for granted were so clearly organized and articulated. Read morePublished on December 26, 2010 by htrev
Stempel had done the legwork of identifying and organizing the different ways by which to categorize analytical writing. So I chose one. Read morePublished on November 16, 2010 by Nandini Bedi
Author Amy Stempel's "voice" in Compose Yourself! is so compelling, concise and clear that it could only be improved if she were actually sitting across the table rather than, as... Read morePublished on September 28, 2010 by MLC
I love this book. It's full of clear examples, for one thing, so that the instruction about writing comes to life. Read morePublished on September 24, 2010 by Mimi
"Compose Yourself" is an incredibly functional and practical tool which breaks the analytical writing process into manageable, concise thinking and writing exercises. Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by A. Shisler