Lessons That Change Writers Lessons with 3-Ring Binder

ISBN-10: 0867095067
ISBN-13: 9780867095067
Edition: 2002
Authors: Nancie Atwell
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Description: In Lessons That Change Writers, Nancie has narrowed and deepened her conversation with teachers, to focus on the minilesson as a vehicle for helping students improve their writing. She shares over a hundred of these writing lessons which are  More...

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List price: $97.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 9/26/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 10.50" wide x 11.25" long x 2.75" tall
Weight: 5.456
Language: English

In Lessons That Change Writers, Nancie has narrowed and deepened her conversation with teachers, to focus on the minilesson as a vehicle for helping students improve their writing. She shares over a hundred of these writing lessons which are described by her students as “the best of the best.” The lessons fall into the following four categories that provide the structure for this book: Lessons about Topics: ways to develop ideas for pieces of writing that will matter to writers and to their readers Lessons about Principles of Writing: ways to think and write deliberately to create literature Lessons about Genre: in which we observe and name the ways that good free verse poems, formatted poetry, essays, short stories, memoirs, thank-you letters, profiles, parodies, and book reviews work and Lessons about Conventions: what readers' eyes and minds have been trained to expect, and how marks and forms function to give writing more voice and power and to make reading predictable and easy. Learn more about Lessons That Change Writers by visiting

Nancie Atwell is the author of several books for teachers including Coming to Know: Writing to Learn in the Intermediate Grades; In the Middle: New Understandings About Writing, Reading, and Learning; and Side by Side: Essays on Teaching to Learn. In these books, Atwell provides practical tips for teaching presented with humor, eagerness, and a love for students. Teachers throughout the country have accepted her theories and implemented them with great success. Parents interested in their children's education can also greatly benefit from her expertise. Atwell learned and perfected her techniques as a teacher of eighth graders for twelve years. She is now the director of Writing to Learn in the Elementary School, part of the Bread Loaf School of English Project.

Introduction Mini-lesson Basics
Lessons About Topics Writing Territories
Launching the Writing Workshop Questions for Memoirists
Heart Mapping Where Poetry Hides Problems to Explore in Fiction
Twenty Actions Itches to Scratch in Essays
Lessons About Principles What is Writing?
The Rule of So What? Thoughts and Feelings
The Rule of Write about a Pebble Narrative Leads
Good Titles Polishing Final Copies
What Readers Need Thinking on Paper
Planning Sheets Can a Reader See It, Hear It, Feel It?
A Movie behind Your Eyelids
How a Thesaurus Can Help Troubleshooting
Surefire Ways to Weaken Your Writing
The Really Bad Words Too-Long and Too-Short Paragraphs
The Missing I Passive Sentences Exclamation Points
Hopefully Stories That End "The End"
Hopefully Stories That End "The End"
Lessons About Genres Ineffective and Effective Memoirs
A Course of Study: Fiction What's Easy about Writing Bad Fiction?
What's Hard about Writing Good Fiction?
The Main Character Questionnaire Considerations in Creating a Character
Short Story Structure Ways to Develop a Character
A Course of Study: How Free-Verse Poetry Works
The Power of I Beware the Participle Leads
Begin Inside Conclusions
End Strongly Breaking Lines and Stanzas and Punctuating Cut to the Bone
Use Repetition Two Things at Once Troubleshooting
Some Poetic Forms Sestinas and Tritinas Irregular Odes
Haiku Thirteen-Ways Poems Memoir Poems Gifts of Writing Effective Book Reviews
A Course of Study: Essays Effective Essays
Teasing Out Criteria How Do I Scratch the Itch?
Write with Information Order the Information Leads for an Essay
Experiment with Essay Conclusions Ted L. Nancy
Letters and Other Genres for Humorists Test Writing as a Genre
Lessons About Conventions
The Individual Proofreading List
Busines Letter Format and Addressing an Envelope
A Brief History of the English Language Troubleshooting
Spelling Essentials Weekly Word Studies
Personal Survival Words Proofreading for Spelling
The Truth about I before E Some Foreign Words
Used in English Texts Root Words and Prefixes Suffixes
To Double or Not? Other Suffix Rules That Mostly Work
A Brief History of Some Common Punctuation Marks
Essential Punctuation Information Troubleshooting: Convention Confusions
How to Correct Coma Splices How to Punctuate Dialogue Homonyms
Four Capitlization Confusions Writing Numbers
Indicating Titles Me or I?
Appendixes
Student Memoirs
Student Short Fiction
Student Essays
Student Book Reviews
Resources for Writing Mini-lessons

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