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Writing Workshop Survival Kitby Gary Robert Muschla
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Writing Workshop Survival Kit
The second edition of the Writing Workshop Survival Kit offers English teachers and writing teachers in grades 5-12 a thoroughly updated and revised guide to teaching the writing process. This comprehensive, step-by-step resource is an invaluable aid for teachers who are conducting a writing workshop or managing a writing workshop in the classroom. The book includes activities, numerous reproducibles, and 100 mini-lessons that concentrate on various types of writing, writing techniques, and the mechanics of writing. In addition, the second edition contains new material on timely topics such as Enlisting Support for Your Writing Workshop, Using Search Engines to Find Information on the Internet, The Use of Computers in Revision, and How to Establish a Web Site to Display Student Writing.
The new edition is designed for easy use and the lay-flat format makes photocopying the book's reproducibles a snap. Each activity and mini-lesson can stand alone, allowing teachers to use the materials in a manner that best suits their classroom environments and their students' abilities.
Part I: THE DYNAMICS OF THE WRITING WORKSHOP
AN OVERVIEW OF THE WRITING WORKSHOP presents topics such as the teacher's role, a model of the typical workshop, scheduling, and promoting the writing workshop.
MANAGING YOUR WRITING WORKSHOP contains information on creating and maintaining a successful writing environment, time management, discipline, evaluation, and monitoring students' progress.
Part II: THE STAGES OF THE WRITING PROCESS
PREWRITING includes topics such as freewriting, brainstorming, idea lists, writing journals, using search engines, and exploring writing topics.
DRAFTING provides strategies for writing drafts.
REVISION offers information including tips for teaching revision, pitfalls to avoid, using computers in revision, and writing conference strategies.
EDITING includes strategies for teaching editing skills; using a dictionary, thesaurus, or author's stylebook; and working with editing partners.
PUBLISHING provides information on various ways to publish and share student writing, e-mail etiquette for writers, tips for producing class magazines, and Web sites that publish the writing of students.
Part III: USING MINI-LESSONS IN THE WRITING WORKSHOP
MINI-LESSONS FOR TYPES OF WRITING includes 16 mini-lessons on topics such as narratives, essays, articles, fiction, movie reviews, advertising, rhyming poems, and strategies for taking writing tests.
MINI-LESSONS FOR THE ART OF WRITING offers 29 mini-lessons on topics such as effective leads, developing imagery, managing point of view, transitions, cutting clutter, avoiding clichés, and more.
MINI-LESSONS FOR THE MECHANICS OF WRITING contains 55 mini-lessons that cover topics such as subject-verb agreement, paragraphing, varying sentences, using confusing words correctly, and much more.
"Gary Muschla's Writing Workshop Survival Kit provides many effective strategies that will make the writing process a more enjoyable, efficient, and productive experience for your students. They will become more confident writers who will both look forward to and benefit from these valuable classroom-tested activities. Muschla leaves no stone unturned in this comprehensive and insightful journey through the writing process. Writing Workshop Survival Kit should be a part of every writing teacher's library!"
—Jack Umstatter, English teacher and author,Cold Spring Harbor School District, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
Book News Annotation:
This resource guide, which includes pedagogy, lessons, theory, and practical advice intends to give teachers in grades five through 12 the tools to set up, operate, promote and evaluate writing workshops within classrooms. It explains the various roles of those involved (including teachers, students and parents) and gives practical advice on managing the workshop, including ways to use the reproducible promotional materials, handouts, lists of rules, logs, analysis sheets and checklists provided. It then works through the basic topics within the workshop, including "pre-writing," drafting, revising, editing and publishing with over 100 mini-lessons on types of writing, the art of writing, and mechanics. This edition also includes new material on how to make effective use of technology.
Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The second edition of the Writing Workshop Survival Kit offers English teachers and writing teachers in grades 5-12 a thoroughly updated and revised guide to teaching the writing process. This comprehensive, step-by-step resource is an invaluable aid for teachers who are conducting a writing workshop or managing a writing workshop in the classroom. Gary Robert Muschla explains the stages of the writing process and shows how to engage students in the dynamics of writing. The book includes activities, numerous reproducibles, and 100 mini-lessons that concentrate on various types of writing, writing techniques, and the mechanics of writing. In addition, the second edition contains new material on timely topics such as Enlisting Support for Your Writing Workshop, Using Search Engines to Find Information on the Internet, The Use of Computers in Revision, and How to Establish a Web Site to Display Student Writing.
Timesaving information and activities that every writing teacher needs
Like the original book, this Second Edition of the Writing Workshop Survival Kit is designed for easy implementation. Ideal for middle and high school use, each activity and mini-lesson can stand alone or be taught sequentially. Along with updated and refreshed lists, new material for this edition focuses on technology computers, the Internet, high-speed copiers, digital cameras, and electronic sources of information and their use in the writing workshop. New reproducibles include such topics as " Tips for Using Search Engines" and " E-mail Etiquette for Writers." This completely revised and enhanced edition moves writing skills to the forefront, just as revised college testing spotlights a specific need.
Gary Robert Muschla (East Brunswick, NJ), the author of numerous practical resource books for teachers, taught reading and writing for over 20 years at Appleby School in Spotswood, New Jersey.
About the Author
Gary Robert Muschla, prolific author and classroom teacher, taught reading and writing for more than twenty-five years in Spotswood, New Jersey. He is the author of many books including Reading Workshop Survival Kit, Ready-to-Use Reading Proficiency Lessons & Activities, and The Writing Teacher's Book of Lists with Ready-to-Use Activities and Worksheets, all from Jossey-Bass.
Table of Contents
About This Book.
How to Use This Book.
About the Author.
Part One: The Dynamics of the Writing Workshop.
Section 1: An Overview of the Writing Workshop.
Section 2: Managing Your Writing Workshop.
Part Two: The Stages of the Writing Process.
Section 3: Prewriting.
Section 4: Drafting.
Section 5: Revision.
Section 6: Editing.
Section 7: Publishing.
Part Three: Using Mini-Lessons in the Writing Workshop.
Section 8: Mini-Lessons for Types of Writing.
Section 9: Mini-Lessons for the Art of Writing.
Section 10: Mini-Lessons for the Mechanics of Writing.
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