Writing Circles Kids Revolutionize Workshop

ISBN-10: 0325017468

ISBN-13: 9780325017464

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jim Vopat

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If literature circles work with your readers, Jim Vopat has exciting news: peer-led small groups are just as effective with writers.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 8/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Writing Circles is Jim Vopat's latest book with Heinemann and the latest innovation in his career-long pursuit of powerful writing instruction and powerful collaboration for students and their teachers. At the core of Jim's work are his beliefs that every student is a writer, and that every teacher is a teacher of writing. To this end, he founded and codirects the Milwaukee Writing Project, serves as a faculty member of the Walloon Institute, and is Professor Emeritus of English at Carroll University. His previous books include the Heinemann title Micro Lessons in Writing as well as More than Bake Sales, The Parent Project, and What Makes Writing Good. Jim was a Fulbright Senior Serial Scholar to Sri Lanka from 1993-1996.

Contributing Teachers
The Tao of Writing Circles
Writing Circles?
Why Writing Circles?
The Basics
Thirteen Steps to Quality Writing
Getting Started
Up to Speed
Caution: Process Ahead!
What's the Teacher Doing?
How About the Kids?
Building Community
Drawing the Circle: Community-Building Strategies
Writeable Moments
Low-Risk Writing Activities
Identifying Genres
The Writing Circle Notebook
The Notebook as Accountability and Management Tool
The Notebook as Writing History
Thinking Back on Writing Circles
The Notebook Conference
Used Not Stored
Writing Circle Minilessons
Writing Topics, Skills, and Craft
Management and Group Dynamics
Positive Response
General Principles
Types of Low-Risk Responses
Classroom Examples
Documenting Response
Enjoyable Ways Kids Can Share Writing with the Whole Class
Ways of Inviting Whole-Class Sharing
Publishing Circles
Publishing Roles
Role Descriptions and Forms
Publication and Celebration
Smooth Operators: Assessment, Evaluation, and Management
Self-Assessment Portfolios
Exit Slips
Comment Boards
Update Letters
Good-Faith Grades
Anecdotal Records
Group Process Self-Evaluations
Reality Check
Red Plastic Cup
Writing Circle Variations
Content-Area Writing Circles
Teacher Writing Circles
Epilogue: The End Is Also the Beginning
Book Study Suggestions
Thanks and Works Cited
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