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A Teacher's Guide to Getting Started with Beginning Writers

Classroom Essentials

By Katie Wood Ray, Lisa B Cleaveland

A Teacher’s Guide to Getting Started with Beginning Writers will help you establish a routine for writing in your classroom and help your youngest students become writers.

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How can I help my youngest students become writers?

How can I establish a routine for writing in my classroom?

Why is making books developmentally appropriate?

In Lisa Cleaveland’s classroom, writing workshop is a time every day when her students make books. Katie Wood Ray guides you through the first days in Lisa’s classroom, offering ideas, information, strategies, and tips to show you step by step how you can launch primary writing workshop with beginning writers.

If you’re a new teacher or new to writing workshop, A Teacher’s Guide to Getting Started with Beginning Writers will show you in clear and simple terms what to do to establish a routine for writing in your classroom, offering you vision, insight, and practical support. If you’re an experienced workshop teacher, Katie and Lisa will help you imagine new possibilities.

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Watch Lisa and her students on Day One of book making
 

Contents

Welcome: A PLACE FOR CHILDREN TO MAKE BOOKS

Why Make Books? 

What Writers Need to Get Started 

  • Time
  • Space 
  • Blank Books
  • Writing Tools 
  • An Image of Bookmaking

Learning Through Language, Learning About Language 

Beliefs Guide Actions 

Day 1: INVITE CHILDREN TO GET STARTED

Helping Children Understand Time That's Governed by Purpose

The Difference Between Writing as Process and Writing as Procedure

Questions to Help Children Think About People Who Make Books

Picturing Writers at Work

Planting Seeds of Teaching as you Share Children's Finished Books

Deciding Who Will Share at the End of Writing Workshop

Telling Stories of Process

Big Ideas and Teaching Possibilities

Day 2: NAME CHILDREN'S ACTIONS AS PROCESS

Questions That Believe Children Into Being

Understanding What it Means to Be Finished

Three Key Reading Strategies for Beginning Writers

Valuing Children's Long, Slow Work on a Book

Recognizing Children's Actions as Writing Process

Big Ideas and Teaching Possibilities

DAY 3: SET EXPECTATIONS FOR PICTURES AND WORDS

Positioning Children So They’re Willing to Try Writing Words 

Narrating Your Actions to Show Children How Written Language Works

Composing with Words Involves a Lot More Than Just Spelling 

Embedding Teaching Points in Your Authentic Talk with Children 

  • Embedding Big Ideas About Texts 
  • Embedding Big Ideas About Process 
  • Embedding Big Ideas About What it Means to Be a Writer 

Resisting the Urge to Overteach

Maintaining Children’s Confidence Once They Start Writing Words 

A Problem with Dictation 

Big Ideas and Teaching Possibilities

DAY 4: OFFER CHILDREN STRATEGIES FOR WORD MAKING

The Typical Range of Word-Making Development 

Expanding the Definition of Reading (To Make Sense of Beginning Writing)

The Usefulness of Alphabet Charts

Strategies for Word Making

The Importance of Noticing and Naming – And What to Notice

Why Young Children Need to Talk During Writing Workshop

Editing Possibilities for Beginning Writers

Big Ideas and Teaching Possibilities

DAY 5: SHOW CHILDREN HOW TO MANAGE BOOK MAKING OVER TIME

What Happens When Writers Reread

Pictures First or Words First?

Deciding When a Book is Finished

Teaching Children to Read Their Books

Learning About the Writing Process in the Context of Illustrations

Typical Development as Children Learn to Keep Their Meanings Consistent

Big Ideas and Teaching Possibilities

DAYS AFTER: SUPPORT CHILDREN IN THE EARLY WEEKS OF SCHOOL

Sharing Finished bOoks

Encouraging Fearless Spelling

Embracing Different Writers' Processes

Illustrating with Intention

Managing Ongoing Work

Celebrating Growth Over Time

When the Camera Shuts Off

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