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This book speaks to many different aspects of teaching (or making) writing in clear, specific language that should appeal to new and veteran teachers. Angela highlights her own experiences in each section, identifies pushback, and, most importantly, details what you can do in your classroom tomorrow - you can start right away!
She also addresses Common Core in a calm and realistic manner and discusses how it applies to teaching writing. I may not love CC, but the reality of the situation is that it is very much a part of my daily life; I want to learn from somebody who has a healthy and overarching view of our current (and sometimes best) practices.
I put down this book feeling extremely satisfied; I'm now armed with some fantastic tools and ideas that I can utilize in my classroom to help my students with writing. I'm always looking for ways to bring a different approach in - I love the idea that you can make writing and that it is a physical activity!
I would also liked to have heard more strategies for supporting ESOL students and struggling learners who come to our writing classrooms with low vocabulary and background knowledge. I've personally used many of the strategies she described in the book way before I ever read this today, and while I find it has generated more interest, it hasn't consistently translated to engagement or improvement in writing products.
While there were some talking points and ideals I enjoyed/agree with, I felt this book was big on lofty ideals and short on realism for the average public school classroom.
In Angela's book, "Make Writing", she has deftly taken this unique and wonderful craft and made it so easy to learn, quick to digest, and simple to begin putting into action in your classroom. This guide is so well put together.,,with clear examples of how to get started, realistic and easy-to-implement ideas to create a Maker Space, and abundant lists of tools and items to fill your Space with as you go along. The very best part of this book are the wonderful true life stories of the children who became Makers when given the permission, the space, and the encouragement to do so. They were given all this by the author, who says it all in her acknowledgement page: "My deepest gratitude goes to the children who write beside me."
I am not a teacher, but I am a writer and I am a mother. I would love to see more classrooms that also act as Maker Spaces. I would love to see more teachers embrace these techniques and to give themselves the opportunity, as Angela continues to do, to ask their students questions...and then really listen when they answer. I encourage any teacher who wants to see amazing writing results in their students - and watch them having fun in the process! -- please read this book. Even if you only take one or two ideas from it --- your classroom, your students, and you as a teacher will all benefit!