Teachers are always looking for activities that not only enhance the mechanics of writing--grammar, spelling, and syntax--but also allow students to express themselves in creative and personal ways. Creating Strong Kids Through Writing is the perfect resource for teachers seeking quick, ready-to-use writing lessons that encourage social and emotional growth, personal development, introspection, and innovative thinking in students. Each of the 20 lessons has been classroom-tested with students of all ability levels in grades 4-8, and each lesson contains one or more samples of student work to help guide and inspire student writers. "Creating Strong Kids Through Writing" is a resource teachers will turn to again and again when they seek writing lessons that, although short in duration, are lasting in their personal impact on student growth.
Improve proficiency in core language arts concepts with 24 classroom-ready activities that align with Common Core State Standards. By engaging students in meaningful language arts activities that relate to their lives, teachers can promote authentic writing in which students explore their personal thoughts and beliefs, resulting in richer work. Complete with step-by-step directions and student examples—and developed and tested in public and private classrooms with students of varying abilities—Building Strong Writers in Middle School helps students understand themselves and one another more deeply, contemplate how their writing can affect the larger world, and express themselves in literary forms. With writing now being required across the curriculum, teaching language arts at the middle school level is more important than ever. Digital content includes reproducible handouts.
Writing is all about making meaning. The prospect of teaching writing to a classroom full of students—some who speak English and some who don't, can be overwhelming. When students learning English are at different levels, the task is even more challenging. Juli Kendall and Outey Khuon experimented with Ellin Keene's “Thinking Strategies Used by Proficient Learners” and found that by integrating writing and reading instruction their English language learners become stronger writers. Writing Sense outlines the classroom conditions necessary for successful writing instruction with English language learners, whether in writing workshop and/or small-group instruction. It includes 68 classroom-tested lessons for grades K–8 that show kids at all levels of language acquisition how to make connections, ask questions, visualize (make mental images), infer, determine importance, synthesize, monitor meaning and comprehension, and use fix-up strategies. Like the authors' earlier book, Making Sense, the five main sections are geared to the stages of language proficiency, and lessons are divided into “younger” and “older” students, spanning kindergarten through to grade eight. There are extensive lists of suggested books for mentor texts as well as lists of mentor authors to facilitate teachers' planning and instruction.
Unlock hidden writing skills in all learners through UDL! The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for writing are promising but are challenging to implement, especially for struggling students. Sally A. Spencer demonstrates the promise of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework for making the CCSS writing and language standards accessible to all kids. Educators who utilize these strategies will know: How to leverage the strengths of students to optimize writing instruction and overcome their weaknesses The ways UDL can minimize the roadblocks in CCSS implementation How to - and how not to - use technology to teach writing and language conventions
How are children's picturebook proposals chosen for publication? What characteristics of picturebooks promise success? How much input do the artist-authors have once their proposals have been accepted by a publisher? The dynamic process of producing picturebooks is charmingly revealed through interviews with those directly involved from start to finish (including two galleries devoted to displaying the art). In the United States, picturebooks have accounted for $2 billion in sales in a recent year. Compiled from interviews with editors, art directors, and production managers from both British (e.g., Anderson Press, Victor Gollancz, and Walker Books) and American publishers (e.g., Farrar, Straus, and Giroux; Houghton Mifflin, Candlewick Press, and Random House), this book reveals how the creative process works within the business of publishing. The interviews with reviewers and booksellers help provide a well-rounded perspective.
Making the connection between writing and visual art can activate what William Burroughs called "The Third Mind"--from the confluence of the two art forms, something new, or other, emerges. This new anthology of essays about the challenges and rewards of uniting art and writing not only demonstrates how visual art can spark wonderful student writing, but goes much further, offering novel insights into the creative process. The result, editors Foster and Prevallet demonstrate, produces a new spirit of collaboration, one which in turn opens up dramatic possibilities for teachers, students, and the classroom dynamic. The 20 essays in Third Mind--by teachers, poets, writers, artists, and museum educators from across the country--offer ideas on a diverse array of artistic disciplines, among them, quilt-making, Chinese calligraphy, abstract painting, and photographic portraiture. Third Mind also features 20 pages of gorgeous color plates, as well as an inspiring bibliography of works on visual art and creative writing.
Guiding students to think of themselves and believe in themselves as writers is a goal that every teacher hopes to reach. Providing clear guidelines on helping students draft, assess, and revise their writing, the third edition of Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction presents a highly adaptable assessment model for identifying the attributes of good writing. The focus is on assessing and revising, and this book gives explicit criteria to show students precisely what they must do to succeed. Numerous writing samples demonstrate the evolution of the writing process from draft to final version.
Unlock your child’s potential by helping them build their strengths. As a strengths-based scientist for more than 20 years, Dr Lea Waters has witnessed first-hand how focusing on our children’s strengths, rather than correcting their weaknesses, can help build resilience and optimism, and offer protection from depression and anxiety. In this game-changing book, she argues that by throwing the ‘strength switch’ parents can encourage creativity, develop their children’s self-esteem and energy, and enhance achievement — and she offers easy-to-follow steps to teach parents how. With specific tips for interacting with your kids and your teens, The Strength Switch offers all the tools parents need to discover talents in their children, use positive emotions as a resource, build strong brains, and deal with problem behaviours and difficult emotions. This essential book will show parents how a small shift can yield enormous results.
Covers writers who have made significant contributions to British, Irish, and Commonwealth literature from the fourteenth century to the present day. Includes in-depth critical and biographical analysis.