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About the Author

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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 8
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (June 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325007500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325007502
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why isn't this book more widely read? Wood-Ray offers excellent direction to teachers - at all grade levels - who are seeking to improve the instruction of writing. Her central ideas are:
1. Texts should be used to mentor students to write real things in the ways real writers write.
2. Writing needs to be `studied' and not `taught.'
3. Teachers need to be writers and gatherers of mentor texts, but curriculum can not be determined before the students begin to study.
For teachers who want their students to write well, this is a text that lays out options for letting this happen. You'll want to spend a summer reading it and thinking, so that when you return, you'll be ready for superior kind pedagogy. It is rare for a book to speak so compellingly to all teachers, Kindergarten to College, but I believe that Study Driven is the wonderful exception.
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This book is one of the most inspiring professional books I have found for teaching writing. Katie Wood Ray continues to grow her theme of teaching writing in a holistic, authentic manner. She helps the teacher find ways to use mentor texts and authors and inquiry of such to give children examples of how to write. In doing so she guides us to make our classroom a true workshop of writers inspiring and helping each other. Her reference lists of potential resources for a variety of writing is wonderful. She also helps us frame our teaching of dry titled writing styles into more realistically named writing. Pursuasive writing becomes commentary and advice writing. Narative text becomes memoir. In doing so writing topics come alive for students and purposeful in real world context. This book has become my primary resource to guide my writing curriculum this year. The book is useful for all grades. Fantastic book!
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I heartily endorse the premise of Katie Wood Ray's STUDY DRIVEN. She thinks kids should only write what's written in the real world (good-bye 5-paragraph essay, which makes its home in the "unreal world" known as "schools everywhere"). She thinks teachers and kids should study genres together, using the techniques as a guide to their own writing. And she thinks teachers should "write a mile in their shoes" by writing everything they assign, then using their experiences to teach the "process" to the kids (or using the KIDS' experiences to teach the "process" to the kids).

This is all good practice. I was just thrown a bit by the number of bulleted "possibilities" that Ray included. In fact, much of the book seemed to be given over to these "possibilities," none of which are explained in any great depth. I would have preferred more of Ray's personal experiences and greater depth in her case studies.

Nevertheless, if you teach workshop, you might want to check this from the library and take a "survey course" of sorts on the possibilities of study before you, thanks to Ray.
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By JessicaK on December 24, 2010
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Katie Wood Ray truly is an inspiring author. I loved the approach she takes to writing workshop through genre studies in this book. Ray advocates for authentic writing instruction, in which students read and create authentic texts, rather than just responding to prompts. The only reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 is because I wish she could have been more clear about the logisics: planning and implementing genre studies. However, it is still a must read for every writing teacher!
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Excellent, practical, "how-to" to enhance any teacher's writing program. Katie Wood Ray continues where she left off in "Wondrous Words" and expands on the technique of giving students concrete examples of writing styles to emulate and improve their writing skills. We will be using the text for a faculty book group in the fall.
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Excellent Book for Passionate Teachers of Writing, but it's not a great book for an ordinary teacher who might not be good at writing---let alone teach writing. K.W.R.'s book suggests that teachers, in their spare and professional time, cut out or copy articles that they might find appropriate to include in their classroom Writing Workshop from which children learn. This book is not for those teachers who are looking to get started in the Writer's Workshop.
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