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The Art of Teaching Writing New Edition Edition
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Throughout the book, Calkins shows the need for meaning in writing and living our lives as writers, and demonstrating this to our students. Her ideas for the Writer's Notebook will allow the students a creative way of noticing the world around them as only a writer can. By giving the students an outlet to get out everything they want to say, they will begin to live the lives of writers.
Calkins stresses that students need to feel like authors to truly take ownership and be excited about their writing; she emphasizes the need for specific writing environments made to inspire and evoke emotion in the writer. These environments consist of cardboard desk separators decorated to each writer's own unique taste. Personal items and quotations may be used to cure any student of the dreaded writer's block.
Allowing the students to become the teachers is just another inventive way Calkins explains in order to allow them to flourish and grow as writers. She puts great importance on seeing and respecting every idea a students have. She realizes that teachers are students as well, and any idea, whether it comes from the teacher or the pupil, can be immensely inspiring.
These are just a few of her techniques, though she offers many more throughout the book.Read more ›
The beginning of Calkins' book gives background information along with her personal experience in the classroom. As the book continues, however, Calkins thoroughly explains the importance of writing and how to get students to write. In chapter three Calkins talks about the importance of students writing often, and to help this process she suggests students have writer's notebooks. These notebooks will include students' thoughts, and will help them jumpstart their writing. She explains that hopefully these notebooks will form "small threads and small stones" which the students can "declare them significant, and make something of them" which will really help the students as well as the teachers (21). By using Calkins' idea of a writer's notebook, students will have ideas in front of them before they start to write. This is also very helpful for teachers because they can look at what their students have been writing, and help them to come up with ideas and stories.
Throughout Calkins' book she stresses the importance of students writing constantly, revising their work, and piecing words and thoughts together to form a finished product. One of the chapters that I found the most helpful was chapter eleven, entitled "Establish a Predictable Workshop Environment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sure it was in good condition. I knew the basic content and it was just what I needed. ThanksPublished 11 months ago by JoAnn Stanley
This is an excellent book to guide in the creation and implementation of Writer's Workshop. I definitely recommend it to all educators.Published 13 months ago by kaitlin pitre
Excellent resource for ideas on starting a writing progeam in schools.Published 16 months ago by Debbie
Way too wordy. I was not impressed with all the stories she told-- and many of them had nothing to do with anything that could help us teach writing . Read morePublished 16 months ago by Salena Ashton
good book for class, it gives good pointers for teaching writing.Published 18 months ago by AngelGirl