The Inside Guide to the Reading-Writing Classroom, Grades 3-6 by Leslie
The Inside Guide to the Reading-Writing Classroom, Grades 3-6
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The Inside Guide to the Reading-Writing Classroom, Grades 3-6

Strategies for Extraordinary Teaching

By Leslie Blauman
Foreword by Stephanie Harvey

Leslie shares tried-and-true teaching practices, lessons, and classroom management ideas  with dozens of foundational model lessons and a CD with lists of mentor texts, student writing samples, and templates of her reading/writing assessment tool.

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“These are the tried and true lessons I return to year after year. The lessons that students said made a difference in their writing and that will bring power and beauty to your students’ writing and to your writing classroom.” Leslie Blauman, author of The Inside Guide to the Reading-Writing Classroom

“What’s wrong with a little mentorship?” Leslie Blauman asks. Reap the benefits of her years as a Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) teacher with 31 of her best kid-tested and approved lessons that lead to great student writing. Not only are these research-based writing lessons kids’ self-proclaimed favorites, they incorporate mentor texts, support the Common Core State Standards, and are research-based.

Four lesson clusters reflect Leslie’s core beliefs for teaching:

  • writing narratives, informative texts, and opinion pieces/arguments
  • a love of language, word play, vocabulary, and poetry
  • writing fictional narratives
  • writing research-based nonfiction.

Use these generative lessons as a springboard—giving them your personal stamp—and watch as they lead to great writing for authentic purposes and in testing situations. 

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  1. "It’s 9:00 A.M. Do You Know Who Your Readers and Writers Are?”
  2. Reading and Writing Minilessons for the First Weeks of School
  3. Cultivating Students’ Identities as Readers and Writers
  4. The Book Lover’s Book: A Year of Thinking and Learning
  5. Raising the Bar: Strategies for Heightening Students’ Writing About Reading
  6. Making Every Minute Count
  7. Conferring: The Current of Talk That Holds the Workshop Together
  8. Demonstrate, Do It, Eavesdrop, Confer
  9. Book Clubs: Bringing Out Students’ Best Talk and Thinking

Appendix: Mentor Texts with Suggestions for Reading and Writing Minilessons

On the CD
Book Lover’s Book Templates
Beginning-of-Year Activities and Surveys
Student Writing Samples
Great Children’s Books for Mentor Text Lessons
Study Guide



“Leslie shares her secrets so that we too can be insiders. The strategies, techniques, routines, and rituals are a recipe for good instruction, quality learning, and purposeful interaction—giving us the tools to create classrooms that sing with energy, joy, and achievement.” Stephanie Harvey, coauthor of Comprehension & Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action

“This book is an epic love poem, showing over and over again Blauman’s love of teaching, children, challenge, and the value of education.” Susan Zimmermann, coauthor of 7 Keys to Comprehension