- Age Range: 5 - 17 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (July 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0325007365
- ISBN-13: 978-0325007366
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The 9 Rights of Every Writer: A Guide for Teachers 1st Edition
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About the Author
Vicki Spandel has spent her professional life working with students and teachers of writing - as a classroom instructor, online writing coach, journalist, editor, technical writer, and curriculum developer. She is the author of multiple books on writing, including Creating Writers, Creating Young Writers, and The 9 Rights of Every Writer. Visit Vicki online at http://sixtraitgurus.wordpress.com to see writing lessons based on contemporary literature.
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In the classroom, writing is usually taught in a very formulaic manner, with the expectation that students must meet the mark for every prompt and every genre with their first attempt. However, Spandel urges us to develop a more realistic expectation for our students, understanding that they practice writing in order to learn how to write. Spandel advises teachers with how to help students become engaged and invested in what they can express through writing, and how to create a classroom environment that encourages students to take risks with the new skills that we are teaching them.
Spandel presents novel ideas regarding how teachers should approach writing instruction in their classrooms, like letting students have “the right to write badly,” but the author convinces readers through the inclusion of her own experiences and research throughout each chapter. With this book, teachers will gain insights regarding ways to support students in the writing process so that each student can find their voice, and have the skills and courage necessary to use that voice in our classroom and beyond.
In this book by Vicki Spandel, teachers are introduced to the 9 basic rights of every writer. The 9 rights outlined in the book take what many consider non-traditional elements of writing and construe them as fundamental elements to successful writing. For each right discussed in the book, Spandel does a nice job at laying out practical suggestions that teachers can implement into their classroom. Some of these insights include encouraging students to know that failure is okay because it is the first attempt in learning, there is no way to cheat in writing, and that teachers should model writing as means to push students out of their comfort zone and match the discomfort students may experience.
With this straightforward and easy-to-understand book, you will find yourself ready to engage in the writing process—both as a writer and as a teacher of writing. After reading this book, there is no doubt that you will feel a newfound sense of energy, passion, and thrill about writing.
I'd recommend "The 9 Rights of Every Writer" to any teacher who plans to do writing instruction in their classroom. The author gives a lot of advice on the topic, from letting students choose their own topic, to providing them with specific feedback. While these suggestions are simple, they are things that many teachers forget to- or don’t think to- implement.
As someone who likes to write for fun, I also thought the book had some good insights on the process. The part that really sold me on it was the fifth chapter, “The Right To Write Badly.” Nobody writes perfectly their first time, and some pieces simply won't be good. So letting students choose the pieces to include in their portfolios that really reflect who they are as writers, and how they've improved, is brilliant. It gives them a chance to take risks, and sometimes fail, without their grades suffering.
Overall, I’d highly recommend this book to any educator.
Most textbooks for teachers focus on the teaching of writing, this book helps remind teachers of the whole writing process. The author focuses on and encourages teaching to students that “writing badly” is okay and the need for students to develop writing skills by learning from their mistakes. Students should enjoy the process of writing and practice often to develop and grow, and this book helps illustrate to teachers how to achieve this with their students.
After reading this book I began to rethink how I would teach writing in my future classroom, as more teachers focus on the content and quality than the writing process itself. This book is a great read for future teachers and current teachers alike.
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