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Writing Reminders

Tools, Tips, and Techniques

By Jim Burke

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.

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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.

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What Teachers Must Do

I. Create a Community of Writers

  1. Write with Your Students
  2. Confer with Your Students
  3. Use Writing to Assess, Synthesize, and Extend
  4. Use Writing Across the Curriculum
  5. Be Patient, Consistent, Courageous, and Confident
  6. Provide Options
  7. Write About Subjects of Personal and Social Importance
  8. Write for Real Audiences
  9. Reinforce the Value of Good Writing
  10. Foster a Culture of Revision

II. Teach and Support Students

  1. Use Models
  2. Develop Independence
  3. Use Groups
  4. Provide Directions
  5. Use a Variety of Techniques
  6. Use Graphic Organizers
  7. Scaffold Instruction
  8. Provide Scoring Rubrics
  9. Ask Useful Questions
  10. Talk About Writing
  11. Use Minilessons
  12. Use a Writing Process
  13. Develop Writers' Capacity
  14. Make Yourself Available
  15. Integrate Language and Conventions
  16. Prepare Students to Write
  17. Support Struggling Writers
  18. Support Special Needs
  19. Teach Writing Under Different Circumstances
  20. Provide Feedback
  21. Provide Tools
  22. Use Computers

II. Evaluate Your Teaching and Students' Progress

  1. Monitor Progress
  2. Consult Standards
  3. Teach by Design
  4. Review, Reflect, and Revise
  5. Look for Patterns of Error and Progress
  6. Know the Terms, Principles, and Concepts
  7. Check for Understanding and Growth
  8. Compare Effective and Ineffective Writers
  9. Use Portfolios
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  11. Revisit the Six Features of Effective English Instruction
  12. Consider the Traits of Effective Literacy Instruction
  13. Manage the Paperload

What Students must be able to do

IV. Write in Many Genres

  1. Response to Literature
  2. Narrative
  3. Expository Essay
  4. Description
  5. Persuasive Essay
  6. Comparative Essay
  7. Reflective Essay
  8. Essay Exam
  9. Research Report
  10. Creative Fiction
  11. Speech
  12. Letter
  13. Précis or Summary
  14. Bibliography
  15. Poem
  16. Journal
  17. Infotexts
  18. Review
  19. College Application Essay
  20. Proposal
  21. Resume
  22. Web Site Appendixes: Six Traits · Helping Your Child Write Better


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