Synopses & Reviews
When Lucy Calkins wrote the first edition of The Art of Teaching Writing
, the writing workshop was a fledgling idea, piloted by a few brave innovators. Now, as she brings us this new edition, the writing workshop is at the foundation of language arts education throughout the English-speaking world. This new edition, then, could easily have been a restatement, in grander, more confident tones, of the original classic. Instead, it is an almost entirely new book.
Clearly, during the time in which Calkins's original ideas have spread like wildfire, her focus has not been on articulating and defending those ideas, but on developing and rethinking them. Respecting and responding to the questions which have arisen as thousands of teachers establish writing workshops in their classrooms, and drawing upon the latest knowledge in the field and her own intimate understanding of classroom life, Calkins has re-thought every line and every facet of her original text.
In this new edition, Lucy has major new chapters on assessment, thematic studies, writing throughout the day, reading/writing relationships, publication, curriculum development, nonfiction writing and home/school connections. More than this, she has deepened her understanding of the writing process itself:
"When I wrote the first edition, I saw writing as a process of choosing a topic, turning the topic into the best possible draft, sharing the draft with friends, then revising it. But I've come to think that it's very important that writing is a process not only of recording, but also of developing a story or an idea. Now, in this new edition, I describe writing episodes that do not begin with a topic and a draft but instead with something noticed or something wondered about. When writing begins with something that has not yet found its significance, it is more apt to become a process of growing meaning."
Paper Edition. The Art of Teaching Writing, New Edition, has major new chapters on assessment, thematic studies, writing throughout the day, reading/writing relationships, publication, curriculum development, nonfiction writing and home/school connections.
About the Author
Lucy Calkins is the author of the popular firsthand classroom materials Units of Study for Teaching Writing series and the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades 3-5 series. Most recently, Lucy has published a common core workshop curriculum, Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grades K - 5. In addition, Lucy is the author or coauthor of numerous foundational professional texts with Heinemann, including Pathways to the Common Core;The Art of Teaching Writing; and One to One. She is also the author of The Art of Teaching Reading. She is the Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University's Teachers College. For more than twenty-five years, the Project has been both a think tank - developing state of the art teaching methods - and a provider of professional development. In these capacities, the Project has supported hundreds of thousands of educators. As the leader of this world renowned organization, Lucy works closely with policy-makers, superintendents, district leaders and school principals to instigate and sustain school-wide and system-wide educational reforms. But above all, Lucy works closely with teachers and with their classrooms full of wise and wonderful children. Lucy is also the Richard Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College, where she leads the Literacy Specialist program. Lucy and her husband John are the parents of two sons, Miles and Evan.
Table of Contents
The Essentials of Writing
Making Meaning on the Page and in Our Lives
Tap the Energy for Writing
Rehearsal: Living the Writerly Life
Drafting and Revision: Letting Our Worlds Instruct and Surprise Us
Let Children Show Us How to Teach
Lessons from Children
The Foundation of Literacy: Writing in the Home, the Nursery School, and the Kindergarten
Growing Up Writing: Grades K, l, and 2
In the Middle: Second and Third Grades
Adolescence: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
Ongoing Structures in the Writing Workshop
Establish a Predictable Workshop Environment
Don't Be Afraid to Teach: Tools to Help Us Create Mini-Lessons
Conferring: Writing Becomes a Tool for Thought
Learning to Confer
Peer Conferring, Response Groups, Share Sessions
Writing Literature Under the Influence of Literature
Publication: The Beginning of the Writerly Life
Apprenticeships in the Writing Workshop: Learning from Authors
Editing: Learning the Conventions of Written Language
Assessment: A Minds-On Approach to Teaching
The Changing Curriculum in a Writing Workshop
A Curriculum Within the Writing Workshop
Poetry: It Begins in Delight and Ends in Wisdom
Making Memoir out of the Pieces of Our Lives
Thematic Studies: Reading the World, Reading the Word
Writing Workshop Teaching in a Larger Context
Writing to Learn Throughout the Day
Workshop Teaching Throughout the Day
The Home/School Connection: Composing Literate Lives in Homes and Neighborhoods