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on June 17, 2009
This book is WONDERFUL. It clearly lays out mini-lessons in a way that makes you feel like you are watching them in action. It lists trade books to use as examples to tie into workshop. The format of the book is very reader-friendly and is not overly technical. I love that it is centered on kindergarten writers, although it is certainly useful for other primary grades as well. There are also some good ideas about setting up workshop, strategies, management and assessing/monitoring writers.
The book teaches you how to help Kindergarteners find their voices, to be true authors and illustrators of their stories. It gave my class ownership and pride in their drawing, writing and most importantly their message.
I can't wait to start the year off with the book, the writing my class did improved dramatically in the short time I used the book this year.