Writing Reminders Tools, Tips, and Techniques

ISBN-10: 0867095210

ISBN-13: 9780867095210

Edition: 2003

Authors: Jim Burke

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Like Reading Reminders, its best-selling companion, Writing Remindersis designed to be read on the runbetween periods, while planning, even while teachingto make every minute count in your classroom, to help you work smarter and more effectively. And like Reading Reminders, it features Jim Burke's best techniques, this time for teaching writing, complete with tools and tips on how to implement them. Every reminder is a result of his daily effort to solve the problems he faces in his classroom. And each one shows how it is possible to teach all students, as long as they make a genuine effort, to write clear, cohesive prose. Look at the table of contents and in thirty seconds get an idea that will help you. Each reminder clearly states a technique in its title and includes: A Rationalea brief explanation of what the reminder means and why it's important What to Doquestions to ask, activities to try, strategies to use Classroom Connectionsample assignments and student examples At a Glancegoals for writing in many genres Recommended Readingsound investments for continued teaching of good writing. Writing Remindersdirectly addresses standards-based instruction, too, providing techniques and assignments to hone students' skills in key areas and prepare them to succeed on important state tests. Built on a foundation of recent research into effective literacy teaching, the book offers a wealth of useful resources and processes that result in greater engagement and higher-level performance without "teaching to the test." Regardless of the grade, the ability level, or even the subject you teach, you can find no better way to easily and quickly improve your writing instruction than to use Writing Reminders. And pair it with Reading Remindersfor a complete reading and writing curriculum with ready-to-use techniques for effective teaching.
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List price: $46.88
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 8/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

Nancy Steineke consults nationally as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and literacy coach for middle and high school teachers. She specializes in content-area literacy, nonfiction writing, purposeful close reading, literature circles, and student engagement. Nancy keeps the focus on manageable teaching strategies that best benefit students. A published author and accomplished teacher, Nancy has been featured in classroom videos for Best Practice and Comprehension and Collaboration. Her groundbreaking work with book clubs and student led discussion groups is captured in her books Assessment Live! and Reading and Writing Together. A frequent collaborator with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, they have co-authored Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles; Texts and Lessons for Content Area Reading; and Texts and Lessons for Literature. Nancy presents annually at the National Council of Teachers of English, International Reading Association, and various state conferences. She is also an Illinois Writing Project leader. Along with Harvey Daniels, Nancy has organized and led over 50 multi-day residential institutes for teachers in locations around the United States.Jim Burke is the author of numerous bestselling Heinemann titles, including the English Teacher's Companion, Fourth Edition and What's the Big Idea? The question he's always tried to answer is "How can we teach our students better?" He seeks these answers daily through his work in his own classroom at Burlingame High School in California where he still teaches after twenty years. Facing the same constraints and challenges as every other teacher, Jim shares his creative solutions in bestselling professional titles with Heinemann such as Reading Reminders and Writing Reminders as well as through Heinemann Professional Development Services. As part of his commitment to helping teachers and learning how to use the latest technologies, he founded the English Companion Ning, described by Education Week as "the world's largest English department" and winner of several Edublog Awards for Best Social Network for Education. In addition to the EC Ning, Jim offers a steady stream of recommended resources through his website (www.englishcompanion.com) and Twitter (@englishcomp) where he is ranked in the top 100 educators to follow at the top within the online English teacher community. Jim serves on several national commissions related to adolescent literacy and standards, including the Advanced Placement English Literature and Language Course and Exam Review Commission with the College Board and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) where he serves on the Content Technical Working Group, which advises PARCC on the national assessments being developed for the Common Core State Standards. In addition, he is a senior author on the Holt McDougal Harcourt Literature series. Jim has received numerous awards, including the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award, the NCTE Conference on English Leadership Award, and the California Reading Association Hall of Fame Award. He served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Committee on Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts Standards. Through his work in the class and on such commissions, Jim Burke seeks not only to clarify but reimagine what English should be, honoring the past even as he works with others to create the future of the discipline he loves so much. Visit his website (www.englishcompanion.com) for more information.

What Teachers Must Do
Create a Community of Writers
Write with Your Students
Confer with Your Students
Use Writing to Assess, Synthesize, and Extend
Use Writing Across the Curriculum
Be Patient, Consistent, Courageous, and Confident
Provide Options
Write About Subjects of Personal and Social Importance
Write for Real Audiences
Reinforce the Value of Good Writing
Foster a Culture of Revision
Teach and Support Students
Use Models
Develop Independence
Use Groups
Provide Directions
Use a Variety of Techniques
Use Graphic Organizers Scaffold Instruction
Provide Scoring Rubrics
Ask Useful Questions
Talk About Writing
Use Minilessons
Use a Writing Process Develop Writers' Capacity
Make Yourself Available
Integrate Language and Conventions Prepare Students to Write
Support Struggling Writers
Support Special Needs
Teach Writing Under Different Circumstances
Provide Feedback
Provide Tools
Use Computers
Evaluate Your Teaching and Students' Progress
Monitor Progress
Consult Standards Teach by Design Review, Reflect, and Revise
Look for Patterns of Error and Progress Know the Terms, Principles, and Concepts
Check for Understanding and Growth
Compare Effective and Ineffective Writers
Use Portfolios 4 Revisit the Six Features of Effective English Instruction
Consider the Traits of Effective Literacy Instruction
Manage the Paperload
What Students must be able to do
Write in Many Genres
Response to Literature
Narrative Expository Essay
Description Persuasive Essay
Comparative Essay
Reflective Essay
Essay Exam
Research Report
Creative Fiction Speech Letter Preacute;cis or Summary
Journal Infotexts
College Application
Essay Proposal Resume
Web Site
Appendixes: Six Traits middot
Helping Your Child Write Better
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