Lessons from a Writer's Life by Judith Ortiz Cofer. Readings and Resources
Lessons from a Writer's Life
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Lessons from a Writer's Life

Readings and Resources for Teachers and Students

By Judith Ortiz Cofer

Judith will inspire your writers with stories and poems drawn from her self-invention as an American writer and teacher, speaking to the craft of writing and sharing the tools she has forged to generate ideas and help her writing speak the truth more strongly and clearly.

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There is much in this book to inspire any writer to seek more in his or her own writing: to pay attention to sounds, smells, people, and dialogue. Because Judith’s voice is strong, offering such a real and rich invitation, my students will listen.

Penny Kittle, author of Write Beside Them
 

Young-adult novelist Judith Ortiz Cofer will inspire your high school writers with stories and poems drawn from her childhood in Puerto Rico and her self-invention as an American writer and teacher. And, in a practical Resource section a the back of the book, Judith speaks to the craft of writing and shares the tools she has forged to generate ideas and help her writing speak the truth more strongly and clearly—tools you and your students will use again and again.

BONUS: Teaching Tips by Harvey “Smokey” Daniels, Carol Jago, and Penny Kittle

Contents

What I Know
Writers Begin in Memory
Writers Begin in Images, Dreams, and Poetry
Writers Begin in the Words of Others

Resources
The Craft of Writing and Why It Matters
Judith Ortiz Cofer’s Writing Tools for Students and Teachers
How I Use Judith Ortiz Cofer’s Work in the Classroom

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Reviews

“This is the kind of writing I want to put in front of students and in the districts around the country where I teach as a guest.”

Harvey “Smokey” Daniels, coauthor of Comprehension & Collaboration

Lessons from a Writer’s Life can be a vehicle for students making their personal journey to full literacy. So much more is at stake than test scores. We want students to discover the power of language to transform their lives.”

Carol Jago, author of Come to Class: Lessons for High School Writers