An essential "how-to" primer, this book examines the process of learning to write and shares evidence-based instructional strategies for the primary grades. With an emphasis on explicit instruction and scaffolding students' learning, the authors explain when and how to teach handwriting, spelling, foundational skills such as sentence formation and editing, and composition in specific genres. They present clear-cut techniques for assessment, differentiation, and supporting struggling writers. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Writing are used as a framework for setting instructional goals. Reproducible assessment forms, checklists, and rubrics are provided; purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 596 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 20 mm
"This easy-to-read, easy-to-apply, and logical book is supported by research and theory. Guiding questions, sample teacher language, reproducible materials, and student work samples all come together to produce a handbook for instructing and assessing young writers. New teachers and those already in the trenches who recognize the challenge of connecting core curriculum to writing instruction will find this book helpful. The strategies in this book could stand alone or support a curriculum already in place."--Jo Anne Pryor Deshon, EdD, retired teacher, Christina School District, Newark, Delaware
"Primary-grade teachers who wish to deliver their best and most effective writing instruction will appreciate this thoughtful and practical book. The chapters on handwriting, spelling, and sentence writing instruction alone are treasured gold (with excellent conceptual guides and teaching examples), but there's so much more, from the three basic genres in the CCSS to specific adaptations in multi-tiered systems of support for at-risk students and students with disabilities. The practical aspects of the book--teaching examples, concrete descriptions, and real-world writing examples--make it stand out as a go-to resource for teachers and teacher educators. It would be a great addition to the reading list of an undergraduate or graduate introductory writing methods course."--Gary A. Troia, PhD, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University