A Teacher's Guide to Organizational Strategies for Thinking and Writing - Wrinkles in Teaching: A Series of Guidebooks for Teachers (Paperback)Billie F. Birnie (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 60
Weight: 104 g
Dimensions: 227 x 153 x 6 mm
Billie Birnie's Guide to Organizational Strategies for Thinking and Writing helps students to understand the different ways in which good writing is organized. Students often learn by emulating, and the mentor texts found in this book provide students with rich practice. A great addition to any writing teacher's toolbox. -- Kelly Gallagher, teacher of English at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, and author of Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts
What a gem! Written with clarity, precision and perceptiveness, A Teacher's Guide to Organizational Strategies for Thinking and Writing presents ten exquisitely crafted teaching strategies for teaching writing, set in a framework for understanding how clear thinking and skillful writing are developed and nurtured! In her guide, Dr. Billie Birnie reveals the power of structure and models for helping students become mature writers and thinkers. At the same time, her guidance artfully balances direct instruction with reminders to teachers to honor student preferences and individual needs so that one never forgets who "owns the writing." A Teacher's Guide to Organizational Strategies for Thinking and Writing is a must-have book for anyone serious about teaching thinking and writing while honing the craft of teaching. -- Stephanie King, 2000 Florida Teacher of the Year
Dr. Billie Birnie's book is the perfect blend of theory and practice for elementary, middle, high school, and adult education teachers. Divided into three sections, the book provides an outline of the fundamentals of writing; followed by a list of critical steps to follow for writing success; and organizational strategies to writing. The third section describes how to write in ten different ways, and highly engaging passages are included as examples for writers at each educational level. In addition to the narrative descriptions, Dr. Birnie compiles the organizational strategies into a chart for easy reference. This book makes the teaching of writing approachable with outstanding models to follow. Her book as a smorgasboard of ideas for teachers to use to motivate and empower student writers. I highly recommend this book! -- Jeanne Qvarnstrom, EdD, assistant professor of Education, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas
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