Responding to Student Writers

ISBN-10: 1457619342
ISBN-13: 9781457619342
Edition: N/A
Authors: Nancy Sommers
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Description: Written from one teacher to another, Nancy Sommers’Responding to Student Writersoffers a model for thinking about response as a dialogue between students and teachers — and for thinking about the benefits of responding towritersas well as to their  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 8/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 64
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Written from one teacher to another, Nancy Sommers’Responding to Student Writersoffers a model for thinking about response as a dialogue between students and teachers — and for thinking about the benefits of responding towritersas well as to their writing. Braddock Award–winning Nancy Sommers has taught composition and run composition programs for more than three decades; she currently teaches writing and mentors future teachers in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. In this resource, which is based on her research and her travels to two- and four-year colleges and universities, she focuses on the roles that teacher feedback plays in writers’ development and offers strategies for moving away from responding as correcting.This is a free resource for instructors.

Note to Fellow Teachers
Introduction
Why comments matter
Considering a writer's development
Seeing comments through students' eyes
The call-and-response of commenting
Setting the scene for responding
Offering one lesson at a time
Understanding the purpose of comments
The dangers of overcommenting
Responding to rough versus final drafts
Finding the right tone
Developing a common language
Creating a link between classroom and comments
Engaging students in a dialogue about their writing
Establishing a role for students in the dialogue
Revising with comments
The Dear Reader letter
Making the most of comments
Writing marginal comments
Marginalia
Less is sometimes more
Developing a scale of concerns
Writing end comments
End comments on early drafts
End comments on final drafts
Taking students seriously
Managing the paper load
Focusing on student learning
Varying the purpose of comments
Varying the style of comments
Mentoring students to become thoughtful readers
Resisting the urge to correct grammar and punctuation errors
Finding a role for grading rubrics
A case study: One reader reading
Reading Lena's draft
Brief Bibliography
Responding to Student Writers: Best Practices
Index

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