Study Driven by Katie Wood Ray. A Framework for Planning Units of Study in the Writing Workshop - Heinemann Publishing
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Study Driven

A Framework for Planning Units of Study in the Writing Workshop

No matter what grade you teach, what state your school is in, and what level of diversity is present in your classroom, students have the right to be shown real-world examples of the kinds of writing they’re asked to produce. For Katie Wood Ray, this foundational idea is also the beginning of an important way of approaching rigorous writing instruction.

In Study Driven Ray shows you that encouraging students to read closely can improve the effectiveness of your writing instruction. Detailing her own method for utilizing the popular mentor-texts approach, Ray helps you immerse children...

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No matter what grade you teach, what state your school is in, and what level of diversity is present in your classroom, students have the right to be shown real-world examples of the kinds of writing they’re asked to produce. For Katie Wood Ray, this foundational idea is also the beginning of an important way of approaching rigorous writing instruction.

In Study Driven Ray shows you that encouraging students to read closely can improve the effectiveness of your writing instruction. Detailing her own method for utilizing the popular mentor-texts approach, Ray helps you immerse children in a close study of published texts that supports their learning, leads them to a better understanding of the traits of good writing, and motivates them to become more accomplished writers.

Ray shows you how to set up your writing workshop to facilitate close study. From grounded understandings to informed practice to supportive resources, she demonstrates:

  • how to find a rich variety of texts that give students a clear vision of the writing you want them to do
  • how to strategically select texts to support whole-class learning as well as individual choice
  • how your teaching language gives structure to curriculum development and student learning
  • how good planning turns curricular standards and objectives into sensible units of study
  • why depth can be a more practical and effective curricular goal than breadth in writing instruction

Study Driven also gives you the ideas and resources for thirty units of study, ranging from genres to punctuation and appropriate across grade levels.

Get students into the habit of studying what they read to help them plan their writing. Give them examples of real-world texts as well as the structure, the space, the time, and the guidance to change and grow as writers. Give yourself Study Driven and find out how.

Contents

Section I: Grounded Understandings
1. Two Snapshots of Studies in Action
2. Making a Case for Study
3. Before Revision, Vision: What Have You Read That Is Like What You’re Trying to Write?
4. Understanding the Difference Between Mode and Genre
5. The World is Full of Writing: Finding Texts for Teaching
6. Deciding What to Study From a World of Possibilities
7. Selecting Texts to Anchor Close Study
Section II: Informed Practice
8. Setting the Stage
9. Reading Immersion and Close Study
10. Turning Talk Into Text: The Language of Specific Curriculum
11. Writing Under the Influence in All Phases of Study
12. The Predictable Rhythm of Process Studies in Writing Workshop
13. The Tension of Time, the Promise of Depth
Section III: Resource Sections: Study Possibilities
Appendix A
Works Cited
Index

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Reviews

“Katie's new book, Study Driven: A Framework for Planning Units of Study in the Writing Workshop (Heinemann 2006), already is claiming its place as the definitive guide to designing writing units of study on many teachers' bookshelves. Warm, wise, and witty, the book honors teachers by challenging them to trust their own knowledge and instincts when it comes to writing curriculum design. For all the practical resources Katie has provided to teachers, it could be her uniquely respectful voice that is her greatest gift to our profession. She helps us all envision more for ourselves as teachers, our students, and our writing curriculum.”
Brenda Power, ChoiceLiteracy.com

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