Novel Perspectives by Shelley Harwayne. Writing Minilessons Inspired
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Novel Perspectives

Writing Minilessons Inspired by the Children in Adult Fiction

By Shelley Harwayne

For the first time, Shelley Harwayne shares her own writing minilessons with you. Combining her passion for reading adult literature with her commitment to supporting students' efforts to produce powerful and effective writing, Harwayne presents fifty-seven lessons for upper elementary and middle school that take teaching with exemplar texts in a dynamic new direction.

Each minilesson includes passages from carefully chosen novels, all of which feature children as main characters. You'll find lessons built around passages from such famed writers as Toni Morrison, Dorothy Allison, Sandra Cisneros,...

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For the first time, Shelley Harwayne shares her own writing minilessons with you. Combining her passion for reading adult literature with her commitment to supporting students' efforts to produce powerful and effective writing, Harwayne presents fifty-seven lessons for upper elementary and middle school that take teaching with exemplar texts in a dynamic new direction.

Each minilesson includes passages from carefully chosen novels, all of which feature children as main characters. You'll find lessons built around passages from such famed writers as Toni Morrison, Dorothy Allison, Sandra Cisneros, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Pete Hamill, Elizabeth Berg, Rebecca Wells, Philip Roth, Ann Beattie, Ursula Hegi, and Jamaica Kincaid, lessons that will inspire students to be as inquisitive, observant, and reflective as their fictional counterparts.

The minilessons in Novel Perspectives contain the actual words Harwayne uses in sharing these lessons with students and are divided into five categories:
  • discovering topics
  • marveling at the world
  • revising writing
  • loving language
  • learning from fictional characters who take their reading and writing seriously.
Each minilesson promotes engagement with text as a way into successful writing but also stimulates classroom conversation, builds community, fights passivity, and gives students a chance to reinforce the notion that their lives are worth writing about.

Novel Perspectives will inspire you to make time for your own reading and to begin merging your passion for books with your passion for teaching. Keep it next to your stack of must-reads, and as you discover passages perfect for your classroom, consult it for the best way to energize your writing workshop.

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part 1 On Discovering Topics
Lesson # 1 Using a Writer's Notebook
Lesson # 2 Keeping Lists
Lesson # 3 Recording Childhood Pastimes
Lesson # 4 Recording Childhood Memories
Lesson # 5 Noting "Aha" Moments
Lesson # 6 Letting Objects Spark Thinking
Lesson # 7 Being Inspired at Home
Lesson # 8 Capturing Ordinary Moments
Lesson # 9 Letting Thoughts Flow
Lesson # 10 Noting Views Out the Window
Lesson # 11 Responding to Street Scenes
Lesson # 12 Learning from Personal Treasures
Lesson # 13 Overhearing Bits of Conversation
Lesson # 14 Savoring Texts
Lesson # 15 Jotting Secrets
Lesson # 16 Capturing Visual "Feasts"
Lesson # 17 Recalling Family Stories
Lesson # 18 Eavesdropping on Stories
Lesson # 19 Writing in Response to Photographs
Lesson # 20 Remembering the Songs of Our lives

Part 2 On Marveling at the World
Lesson # 21 Savoring Moments
Lesson # 22 Using Your Senses
Lesson # 23 Learning to Look
Lesson # 24 Finding the World Fascinating
Lesson # 25 Asking Questions
Lesson # 26 Having Areas of Expertise
Lesson # 27 Paying Close Attention to People
Lesson # 28 Figuring Out How Things Work
Lesson # 29 Learning from Alert Mentors
Lesson # 30 Appreciating Stories
Lesson # 31 Solving Mysteries

Part 3 On Revising Writing
Lesson # 32 Thinking New Thoughts
Lesson # 33 Enriching Narratives
Lesson # 34 Strengthening Letters
Lesson # 35 Learning from Feedback
Lesson # 36 Learning to Pause and Rewind
Lesson # 37 Adding Believability
Lesson # 38 Observing and Reflecting
Lesson # 39 Imagining Our Lives in a Book
Lesson # 40 Relying on Metaphors and Similes
Lesson # 41 Making Reading/Writing Connections
Lesson # 42 Presenting Ordinary Life

Part 4 On Loving Language
Lesson # 43 Caring about and Learning New Words
Lesson # 44 Using Precise Language
Lesson # 45 Playing with Language
Lesson # 46 Browsing the Dictionary

Part 5 On Learning from Fictional Readers and Writers
Lesson # 47 Making a Place for Reading
Lesson # 48 Rereading Favorite Texts
Lesson # 49 Becoming Well-Read in One Genre
Lesson # 50 Taking Notes on Reading
Lesson # 51 Reading for Information
Lesson # 52 Thinking about Book Reviews
Lesson # 53 Thinking about Writing Fiction
Lesson # 54 Feeling Too Close to a Topic
Lesson # 55 Composing in Your Mind
Lesson # 56 Being Passionate about Poetry
Lesson # 57 Writing for Real-world Reasons
Reading List of Novels

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