Fun-Size Academic Writing for Serious Learning
This practical and easy to use teacher resource focuses on the main writing types outlined in CC standards (narrative, opinion/argument, and informative/explanatory). Help students develop their writing skills by explaining what writers do and then showing how real students flesh out that skill. Each condensed--fun sized--lesson provides a description of a rhetorical device or grammar construction (varied in scope) such as foreshadowing, writing observations, using quotations, combining action, back story, etc., with 101 lessons altogether. Then, the student mentor text provides analysis opportunities using provided activities. Finally, your students are given a writing challenge for their own writing practice. You'll use the provided text structures (key points) to analyze your students' completion of the assignment. No traditional grading help is provided. A companion website provides online versions of all student essays and text structures. Student samples can be identified by topic, text structures (with explanations of the 63 key structures), writing trait, and difficulty level. 244 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth
Sometimes a students best teacher is another student
Just as the pressure for students to perform well on state assessments escalates ever higher, and the call to raise students achievement in narrative, opinion/argument , and informative/explanatory writing grows louder, Gretchen Bernabei and Judi Reimer publish Fun-Size Academic Writing for Serious Learning. If ever there were a book to answer every need, this is it.
You see, Gretchen and Judi have been concerned about adolescents writing for years, and they have had amazing success using mentor texts by students to teach the ins and outs of writing in any genre. So with this book, they hand over their file drawers and provide you with 101 essays written by students with one-page companion lessons that address text structure, imagery, dialogue, rhetorical devices, grammatical structures, textual blends--all the different tools that writers use.
Organized into three major sections that align with the Common Core, STAAR, and other major state assessments, Fun-Size Academic Writing delivers succinct, powerhouse instruction on topics such as:
How to choose a structure for argument, informational, or narrative writing
How to read a piece and extract thesis statement and main points
How to layer a wide range of details to support points
How to use rhetorical devices and grammatical constructions for effect
How to write from the point of view of a fictional character
The essaysalso available in reproducible form on the companion website--demonstrate something striking, something imitable, something concrete. They give students a bank of choices to call upon as they write. The lessons are short, practical, and full of variety. Collectively, these essays and lessons have the potential to move the needle on American students writing achievement once and for all. They show what has been done by studentsand they reveal to you how your own students can do it, too.
These materials contain both instruction and writing assignments but are not as broad in scope (types of writing) as the comprehensive programs.