Strategeic Writing Conferences: Smart Conversations That Move Young Writers Forward

Strategeic Writing Conferences: Smart Conversations That Move Young Writers Forward

by Carl Anderson




Although conferences appear to be informal conversations, they are in fact highly principled teaching interactions designed to move writers along learning pathways. Used strategically, conferences can be powerful interventions that address individual writing needs. Carl Anderson's Strategic Writing Conferences is a curriculum resource and diagnostic guide for writing teachers looking to use conferences to move young writers another step forward. These conferences will enhance your current writing curriculum and help you confer with greater purpose and effectiveness.


* The Teacher's Guide outlines the principles that shape Carl's approach to conferring and provides tools for diagnosing common writing problems.

* Three conference books present over one hundred conferences organized around three stages of writing - identifying topics, crafting drafts, and polishing finished projects. Each book opens with a diagnostic guide that helps you locate a conference that addresses a student's particular area of need.

* Two Carl on Camera DVDs provide video-based professional development support.

1 On Introducing Strategic Writing Conferences Carl explains the elements of an effective conference, conferring concepts, and ways to assess young writers.

2 On Modeling Strategic Writing Conferences eleven full length conferences let you eaves drop on Carl as he confers with students at various stages of the writing process.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325026299
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 11/01/2008

About the Author

Carl Anderson is one of the nation's leading experts on teaching writing to students in grades K-12. Carl was first an elementary and then a middle school teacher. He taught students of diverse backgrounds in city, rural, and suburban schools in New York City, Bardstown, Kentucky, and Northbrook, Illinois. In 1994, Carl joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, which was founded and is directed by Lucy Calkins. As a Project staff developer for eight years, Carl worked side-by-side with teachers in elementary and middle school classrooms in New York City and in its surrounding suburbs, showing them how to establish writing workshops for their students. While at the Project, Carl began an intensive study of writing conferences. This study led to his first book, How's It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers (2000), and later to his second book, Assessing Writers (2004) and his series Strategic Writing Conferences: Smart Conversations that Move Young Writers Forward Grades 3-6 (2009). Today, Carl works as a consultant in schools across the United States. He continues to spend most of his days in classrooms with teachers and students, where he concentrates on helping teachers learn to have effective writing conferences that change students' lives as writers.

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