Inside Writing by Donald H Graves, Penny Kittle. How to Teach the
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Inside Writing

How to Teach the Details of Craft

By Donald H Graves, Penny Kittle

Inside Writing is a practical, flexible program that provides new insights about high-quality writing instruction. Graves and Kittle show you the power behind an apprenticeship approach to writing instruction where you mentor students using your own writing-even if you don't consider yourself a writer.

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Learn more about the Heinemann Seminar based on this book: Inside the Teaching of Writing

Your curriculum is packed, and you have barely enough instructional time to teach students essential writing skills, let alone how to combine those skills to form cohesive, compelling work. Fortunately, there is a solution to the time crunch, a quicker, more effective way to help children understand the complexities of writing, and Don Graves and Penny Kittle are ready to share it with you.

In Inside Writing, Graves and Kittle show you the power behind an apprenticeship approach to writing instruction where you mentor students using your own writing-even if you don't consider yourself a writer. Inside Writing is a practical, flexible three-part program that gives you numerous entryways for learning how to model the central elements of the craft:

  • topic choice
  • rereading
  • details
  • response
  • conventions
  • the writing life.

Begin with any aspect of Inside Writing, and you'll discover new insights about high-quality writing instruction.

The DVD: go inside real classrooms to watch as teachers from grades 2-6 demonstrate their writing process for students, and hear teachers and students share what a difference this teaching technique makes; hear commentary tracks from Graves and Kittle that underscore important instructional moments; listen in as the authors discuss their own writing processes; and print seventy-eight quick-writes prompts form your computer's DVD drive.

The book: read about the voluminous research that supports the efficacy of the apprenticeship method for teaching children to write; strengthen the link between instructional theory and your own day-to-day classroom-teaching practices; and gain a new understanding of the role of writing in both your students' lives and yours.

My Quick Writes notebook: Use Graves' favorite Quick Write topics to practice your own writing and reflect on it; find prompts for in-class quick writes with children that prepare them for timed testing situations without giving over your writing workshop to mere test prep; and make connections between your writing process and your students'.

Sharpen your writing instruction by learning to trust your own writing. Then teach your students in a powerful, lasting way that will help them to not only understand the elements of writing, but also to combine them into better finished products. Apprentice yourself to Donald Graves and Penny Kittle and go Inside Writing.

Click here for a brief walkthrough of the book, notebook and DVD.

Contents

Part I: The Teacher as Writer

Part II: Learning How to Reread Your Writing
Rereading Techniques
Point of View
Poetry
Letters into Essays
Fiction

Part III: Bringing Teacher Writing Into the Classroom
Choosing a Topic
Rereading a Text
Using Details
Conferring: Being an Audience
Writing with Teachers
Five Years Later: The Group Remains
Using Conventions
In Conclusion

Appendices:

  1. Ten Frequently Asked Questions About Quick Writes
  2. Templates for Taking Notes During Writing Conferences
  3. Sample Teacher Notes on Conferences
  4. Developing a Quick Write into a Personal Narrative

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