Cracking Open the Author's Craft Teaching the Art of Writing

ISBN-10: 0439919649
ISBN-13: 9780439919647
Edition: 2007
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Description: Award-winning children's author and acclaimed educator Lester Laminack invites you and your students to join him as he peels back the layers of his picture book Saturdays and Teacakes to make the writing moves visible. With Lester as guide on the  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Scholastic, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Award-winning children's author and acclaimed educator Lester Laminack invites you and your students to join him as he peels back the layers of his picture book Saturdays and Teacakes to make the writing moves visible. With Lester as guide on the enclosed DVD, your young writers will observe and explore what he did, how he did it, and why he did it that way. As Lester demonstrates how to read with a writer's eyes and ears, your students will gain increasing control over their own narrative writing.

Lester L. Laminack is Professor Emeritus in the department of Birth-Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle Grades Education at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina where he received two awards for excellence in teaching [the Botner Superior Teaching Award and the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award]. Lester is now a full-time writer and consultant working with schools throughout the United States. He is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English and served three years as co-editor of the NCTE journal Primary Voices and as editor of the Children's Book Review Department of the NCTE journal Language Arts (2003-2006). He also served as a teaching editor for the magazine Teaching K-8 and wrote the "Parent Connection" column (2000-2002). He is a former member of the Whole Language Umbrella Governing Board, a former member of the Governing Board and Secretary of the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children, and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking. He served as the Basic Reading Consultant to Literacy Volunteers of America from 1987 through 2001. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Our Children's Place. His academic publications include several books including Learning with Zachary (Scholastic), Spelling in Use (NCTE), Volunteers Working with Young Readers (NCTE), and his contributions to The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (NCTE), Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature (Heinemann), Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum (Heinemann), Bullying Hurts (Heinemann), and two books from Scholastic Cracking Open the Author's Craft (2007) and Unwrapping the Read Aloud (2009) from Scholastic. In addition he has several articles published in journals such as The Reading Teacher, Science and Children, Language Arts, Primary Voices, and Young Children. Lester is also the author of six children's books: The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins, Trevor's Wiggly-Wobbly Tooth, Saturdays and Tea Cakes, Jake's 100th Day of School, Snow Day! and, Three Hens and a Peacock (2012 Children's Choice K-2 Book of the Year Award) all from Peachtree Publishers.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Who Should Read This Book?
Welcome, Readers
Toward a Working Definition of Author's Craft
Craft According to Lester
Audible Craft and Visual Craft
Lessons for Leading Writers Forward
The Lesson Framework
Getting Ready for Craft Study: Reading Like a Writer
Audible Craft Lessons From Saturdays and Teacakes
Visual Craft Lessons From Saturdays and Teacakes
So, Now What? Moving Beyond This Study
Craft Study
Craft Across Genres and Topics
What Do We Hope For?
Examining Craft in Student Writing
A Workshop to Grow Your Knowledge Base
Defining Craft
Digging Into Children's Literature
Moving From Curriculum to Selection of Books
Looking Closely at Student Writing
A Closing Word From Lester-A Plea for Common Sense
Anchor Texts to Support Audible and Visual Craft Study
References
Web Links

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