The Art of Teaching Writing by Lucy Mccormick CalkinsThe Art of Teaching Writing by Lucy Mccormick Calkins

The Art of Teaching Writing

byLucy Mccormick Calkins

Paperback | March 7, 1994

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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."

Title:The Art of Teaching WritingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:540 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 1.25 inPublished:March 7, 1994Publisher:Pearson Education

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ISBN - 10:0435088092

ISBN - 13:9780435088095

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Table of Contents

    I. The Essentials of Writing
    1. Making Meaning on the Page and in Our Lives

    2. Tap the Energy for Writing

    3. Rehearsal: Living the Writerly Life

    4. Drafting and Revision: Letting Our Worlds Instruct and Surprise Us


    II. Let Children Show Us How to Teach
    5. Lessons from Children

    6. The Foundation of Literacy: Writing in the Home, the Nursery School, and the Kindergarten

    7. Growing Up Writing: Grades K, l, and 2 8. In the Middle: Second and Third Grades

    9. Grades Four-Six

    1 0. Adolescence: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times


    III. Ongoing Structures in the Writing Workshop
    11. Establish a Predictable Workshop Environment

    12. Don't Be Afraid to Teach: Tools to Help Us Create Mini-Lessons

    13. Conferring: Writing Becomes a Tool for Thought

    14. Learning to Confer

    15. Peer Conferring, Response Groups, Share Sessions

    16. Writing Literature Under the Influence of Literature

    17. Publication: The Beginning of the Writerly Life

    18. Apprenticeships in the Writing Workshop: Learning from Authors

    19. Editing: Learning the Conventions of Written Language

    20. Assessment: A Minds-On Approach to Teaching


    IV. The Changing Curriculum in a Writing Workshop
    21. A Curriculum Within the Writing Workshop

    22. Genre Studies

    23. Poetry: It Begins in Delight and Ends in Wisdom

    24. Making Memoir out of the Pieces of Our Lives

    25. Literary Nonfiction

    26. Thematic Studies: Reading the World, Reading the Word


    V. Writing Workshop Teaching in a Larger Context
    27. Writing to Learn Throughout the Day

    28. Workshop Teaching Throughout the Day

    29. The Home/School Connection: Composing Literate Lives in Homes and Neighborhoods

    30. Teaching Matters

Editorial Reviews

?An outstanding publication on the latest developments in writing instruction.?-Language Arts