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No More "How Long Does it Have to Be?": Fostering Independent Writers in Grades 3-8

by Jennifer Jacobson

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Overview

In this eagerly awaited sequel to No More “I’m Done!” grade 3-8 teachers will find the inspiration and tools to shift from a teacher-directed writing program to a student-propelled workshop model.
 
Drawing on a wealth of Writer’s Workshop experience in upper elementary and middle school classrooms, Jennifer Jacobson provides strategies to help you engage and support writers as they discover their voices and take charge of their own learning.
 
Jacobson shares tips on how to establish the spaces, routines, and tone to run a highly productive writing time: 
  • Building classroom spaces conducive to practicing thoughtful, engaging writing
  • Rolling out a streamlined sequence of varied writing activities
  • Leading creative explorations of mentor texts
  • Integrating the riches of mini-lessons, conferring, sharing, and publishing
  • Building a workshop curriculum that aligns with your goals and rubrics
As she clarifies misconceptions about writing and workshops, she serves up an immensely readable blend of activities, anecdotes, and advice that will energize and inspire your students.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625311542
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 02/15/2019
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jennifer Richard Jacobson is a writer and long-time literacy consultant providing instruction in Writer’s Workshop for school districts across the country. She is the author of No More “I’m Done!” Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades and many children’s books including the award-winning Small as an Elephant and Paper Things. Jennifer received her B.S. in early childhood education from Lesley College and her M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. To learn more about her and her work, visit her website at www.jenniferjacobson.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Planning for Independence 5

Chapter 2 Routines to Support Independent Writers: Part 1. Mini lessons and Building Stamina 21

Chapter 3 Routines to Support Independent Writers: Part 2. Conferring and Author's Chair 49

Chapter 4 Launching a Narrative Unit 65

Chapter 5 Launching an Informative Unit 81

Chapter 6 Launching a Unit on Persuasive Writing or Argument 97

Chapter 7 These Are Not Endings: Assessment, Standardized Testing, and Publication 105

Final word 121

Appendix 123

Recommended Reading and Resources 135

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