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Writing Reminders: Tools, Tips, and Techniques / Edition 1

Writing Reminders: Tools, Tips, and Techniques / Edition 1

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Like Reading Reminders, its best-selling companion, Writing Reminders is designed to be read on the run-between periods, while planning, even while teaching-to make every minute count in your classroom, to help you work smarter and more effectively. And like Reading Reminders, it features Jim Burke's best techniques, this time for teaching writing, complete with tools and tips on how to implement them. Every reminder is a result of his daily effort to solve the problems he faces in his classroom. And each one shows how it is possible to teach all students, as long as they make a genuine effort, to write clear, cohesive prose.

Look at the table of contents and in thirty seconds get an idea that will help you. Each reminder clearly states a technique in its title and includes:

  • A Rationale-a brief explanation of what the reminder means and why it's important
  • What to Do-questions to ask, activities to try, strategies to use
  • Classroom Connection-sample assignments and student examples
  • At a Glance-goals for writing in many genres
  • Recommended Reading-sound investments for continued teaching of good writing.
Writing Reminders directly addresses standards-based instruction, too, providing techniques and assignments to hone students' skills in key areas and prepare them to succeed on important state tests. Built on a foundation of recent research into effective literacy teaching, the book offers a wealth of useful resources and processes that result in greater engagement and higher-level performance without "teaching to the test."

Regardless of the grade, the ability level, or even the subject you teach, you can find no better way to easily and quickly improve your writing instruction than to use Writing Reminders. And pair it with Reading Reminders for a complete reading and writing curriculum with ready-to-use techniques for effective teaching.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780867095210
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 08/04/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jim Burke is the author of numerous bestselling Heinemann titles, including the English Teacher's Companion, Fourth Edition and What's the Big Idea? The question he's always tried to answer is "How can we teach our students better?" He seeks these answers daily through his work in his own classroom at Burlingame High School in California where he still teaches after twenty years. Facing the same constraints and challenges as every other teacher, Jim shares his creative solutions in bestselling professional titles with Heinemann such as Reading Reminders and Writing Reminders as well as through Heinemann Professional Development Services. As part of his commitment to helping teachers and learning how to use the latest technologies, he founded the English Companion Ning, described by Education Week as "the world's largest English department" and winner of several Edublog Awards for Best Social Network for Education. In addition to the EC Ning, Jim offers a steady stream of recommended resources through his website ( and Twitter (@englishcomp) where he is ranked in the top 100 educators to follow at the top within the online English teacher community. Jim serves on several national commissions related to adolescent literacy and standards, including the Advanced Placement English Literature and Language Course and Exam Review Commission with the College Board and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) where he serves on the Content Technical Working Group, which advises PARCC on the national assessments being developed for the Common Core State Standards. In addition, he is a senior author on the Holt McDougal Harcourt Literature series. Jim has received numerous awards, including the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award, the NCTE Conference on English Leadership Award, and the California Reading Association Hall of Fame Award. He served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Committee on Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts Standards. Through his work in the class and on such commissions, Jim Burke seeks not only to clarify but reimagine what English should be, honoring the past even as he works with others to create the future of the discipline he loves so much. Visit his website ( for more information.

Table of Contents

What Teachers Must Do

I. Create a Community of Writers Write with Your Students Confer with Your Students Use Writing to Assess, Synthesize, and Extend Use Writing Across the Curriculum Be Patient, Consistent, Courageous, and Confident Provide Options Write About Subjects of Personal and Social Importance Write for Real Audiences Reinforce the Value of Good Writing Foster a Culture of Revision

II. Teach and Support Students Use Models Develop Independence Use Groups Provide Directions Use a Variety of Techniques Use Graphic Organizers Scaffold Instruction Provide Scoring Rubrics Ask Useful Questions Talk About Writing Use Minilessons Use a Writing Process Develop Writers' Capacity Make Yourself Available Integrate Language and Conventions Prepare Students to Write Support Struggling Writers Support Special Needs Teach Writing Under Different Circumstances Provide Feedback Provide Tools Use Computers

II. Evaluate Your Teaching and Students' Progress Monitor Progress Consult Standards Teach by Design Review, Reflect, and Revise Look for Patterns of Error and Progress Know the Terms, Principles, and Concepts Check for Understanding and Growth Compare Effective and Ineffective Writers Use Portfolios 4 Revisit the Six Features of Effective English Instruction Consider the Traits of Effective Literacy Instruction Manage the Paperload

What Students must be able to do

IV. Write in Many Genres Response to Literature Narrative Expository Essay Description Persuasive Essay Comparative Essay Reflective Essay Essay Exam Research Report Creative Fiction Speech Letter Precis or Summary Bibliography Poem Journal Infotexts Review College Application Essay Proposal Resume Web Site Appendixes: Six Traits Helping Your Child Write Better

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