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Kid-Tested Writing Lessons for Grades 3-6: Daily Workshop Practices That Support the Common Core State Standards

Kid-Tested Writing Lessons for Grades 3-6: Daily Workshop Practices That Support the Common Core State Standards


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"These are the tried and true lessons I return to year after year. The lessons that students said made a difference in their writing and that will bring power and beauty to your students' writing and to your writing classroom." Leslie Blauman, author of The Inside Guide to the Reading-Writing Classroom

"What's wrong with a little mentorship?" Leslie Blauman asks. Reap the benefits of her years as a Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) teacher with 31 of her best kid-tested and approved lessons that lead to great student writing. Not only are these research-based writing lessons kids' self-proclaimed favorites, they incorporate mentor texts, support the Common Core State Standards, and are research-based.

Four lesson clusters reflect Leslie's core beliefs for teaching:

  • writing narratives, informative texts, and opinion pieces/arguments
  • a love of language, word play, vocabulary, and poetry
  • writing fictional narratives
  • writing research-based nonfiction.

Use these generative lessons as a springboard-giving them your personal stamp-and watch as they lead to great writing for authentic purposes and in testing situations.

Click here to save 15% when you buy Leslie's Kid-Tested Writing Lessons and her Inside Guide to the Reading/Writing Classroom together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325041667
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 03/07/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

A Colorado teacher for more than 25 years, Leslie Blauman's classroom is a model site for staff development in reading, writing, and thinking through the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC). She is a state and national literacy consultant; has presented at IRA, NCTE, and CCIRA. Leslie is coauthor of the Heinemann title Comprehension Going Forward and the author of Kid-Tested Writing Lessons for Grades 3-6 and The Inside Guide to the Reading-Writing Classroom, Grades 3-6.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

Lesson Cluster 1 Writing Narratives, Informative Texts, and Opinion Pieces: In Pursuit of Paragraphs 1

1 Envisioning, Planning, and Note Taking: Immersing Ourselves in Our Topic 7

2 Drafting: Shaping Our Ideas 14

3 Revising: Looking at Our Work with New Eyes 27

4 Editing: Polishing Our Writing 35

5 Finalizing: Taking Our Work Public 42

Lesson Cluster 2 Instilling a Love of Language, Word Play, Vocabulary, and Poetry 52

6 Discovering New Words in the Context of Beautiful Language 56

7 Letting Poetry Teach Kids 66

8 Lifting Lines from Mentor Texts 74

9 Writing Poetry 82

Lesson Cluster 3 Writing Fictional Narratives 95

10 Gathering Texts and Setting the Stage: Immersion 100

11 Envisioning Stories 106

12 Creating Characters 112

13 Sketching the Setting 118

14 Plotting Promising Problems 123

15 Leading Off 129

16 Writing Under the Influence: Drafting, Revising, and Editing 137

17 Wrapping It Up: Endings in Narratives 142

18 Finalizing, Reflecting, Going Public, and Celebrating! 147

Lesson Cluster 4 Writing Nonfiction: Getting Beyond the Five-Paragraph Theme 156

19 Gathering Texts 160

20 Launching an inquiry Study 169

21 Making Expectations Explicit 174

22 Becoming Experts 180

23 Asking Questions to Guide Research 184

24 Determining Importance of Ideas in Text 189

25 Developing Voice While Taking Notes 195

26 Envisioning Text 200

27 Using Paragraphs Effectively 204

28 Writing Leads 207

29 Organizing Ideas 210

30 Drafting, Editing, and Revising 214

31 Presenting and Sharing Students' Texts and Knowledge 220

Afterword 226

Appendix A Editing Timeline 227

Appendix B Revision Timeline 231

Appendix C Record Sheets 235

Works Cited 239

Index 241

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