- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Heinemann (January 27, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 032507822X
- ISBN-13: 978-0325078229
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Writing Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers
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About the Author
Jennifer Serravallo is the author of New York Times bestseller The Reading Strategies Book as well as other popular Heinemann titles, including Teaching Reading in Small Groups; Conferring with Readers; and The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K - 2 and Grades 3 - 6. Her newest book is The Writing Strategies Book. She is also the author of the Digital Campus Course Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Matching Methods to Purposes where you can watch dozens of videos of Jen teaching in real classrooms and engage with other educators in a self-guided course. Jen began her career in education as a teacher in Title I schools in NYC and later joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Through TCRWP and now as an independent consultant, she has spent over a decade helping teachers across the country to create literacy classrooms where students are joyfully engaged and the the instruction is meaningfully individualized to students' goals. Jen holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Teachers College, where she has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes on urban education reform and children's literature. Learn more about Jen and her work at www.jenniferserravallo.com, or connect with her at @jserravallo.
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But…not to be missed is the introduction section, Getting Started. It is filled with practical information that will help you or those you coach manage and produce a goal-driven, productive writers, no matter what type of program you use.
From novice teacher to very experienced teacher, from grandparent to home-school parent, from principal to curriculum director, from literacy coach to independent consultant, from special education teacher to gifted and talented teacher, you’ll find treasures in this book.
Some of my favorite treasures are: How the Strategies in This Book Might Fit into Your Classroom. (I'm buying the book for my daughter, a high school social studies teacher, because I think she will find it to be a missing link she needs to help her students write effectively in the content area.) It is perfect for me as a consultant, working with teachers who use a variety of approaches and programs. The strategies for Composing with Pictures….the most concise and easy to implement list of strategies I've seen for emergent and struggling writers.( I've been trying out strategies with my preschool-aged granddaughter.)There are hidden treasures that classroom teachers will love, such as the most concise, easy to use narrative, opinion and information progressions in the Organization and Structure chapter. You’ll want to carry the book with you as you confer with writers, with sections tabbed and highlighted. . The clarity in the beginning of each section, How do I know if this goal is right for my student? Is like having Jen by your side to coach you.
And just when you think a book couldn't be more complete, clear, and helpful…the writing teacher’s bible you dreamed of ….you find the appendix, just packed with the most complete list of easy-to-implement ideas for Publishing and Celebrating Writing!
If you teach writing, give yourself the gift of this book! If you know someone who works with children, buy it as gift for them. They'll be forever grateful.
Because if you are like me, you support students in multiple grade levels K-8 (and above), with multiple needs, in all genres and modes of writing but yet have a need to have all the BEST ideas in one handy dandy reference. That is exactly what Jennifer Serravallo has created in her blockbuster "The Writing Strategies Book: Your EVERYTHING GUIDE to Developing Skilled Writers". This book delivers on the promise of its title.
However, if you've not seen Jennifer's video introduction to this amazing book, you will definitely want to spend some time in the "Getting Started" section of this book where you will learn how to navigate the book, how to choose a goal, and how to find a strategy based on levels, genre, or process.
As a writing teacher, you will find absolutely EVERYTHING that you need in order to support the learners in your classroom. Use the grade level ranges cautiously for your students who are NOT confident in their own skills or have been in classrooms where writing was not a daily routine or emphasis. You might also find some tips that will help you improve your own writing models - making them more clear and with strategies visible for students to learn from.
My favorite quote (today) is this from page 61, "Can we support children in regarding themselves as writers, understanding their own distinct writing styles, and working in a way that feels joyful? I think yes." (Jennifer Serravallo)
Seriously, not yet convinced? The visual charts and tools in this book will help you understand "what you're learning from this book." (p. 23) And then these charts can be co-created by you and your students so that your children will be able to remember "what they're learning from you."(p. 23) And I love that there is a whole page on ellipses. The two sections on Conventions will provide perfect guidance for teachers and students.
This amazing book has 300 strategies that will answer questions that you didn't even know you had. You will LOVE it!!!