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10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know

Jeff Anderson

Whether writing a blog entry or a high-stakes test essay, fiction or nonfiction, short story or argumentation, students need to know certain things in order to write effectively. In 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, Jeff Anderson focuses on developing the concepts and application of ten essential aspects of good writing—motion, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter.

Throughout the book, Jeff provides dozens of model texts, both fiction and nonfiction, that bring alive the ten things every writer needs to know.


 

Product Details

  • Author: Jeff Anderson
  • ISBN: 978-157110-810-4
  • Year:2011
  • Media: 304 pp/paper
  • Grade Range: 3-9
  • Item No: WEB-0810


Whether writing a blog entry or a high-stakes test essay, fiction or nonfiction, short story or argumentation, students need to know certain things in order to write effectively. In 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, Jeff Anderson focuses on developing the concepts and application of ten essential aspects of good writing—motion, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter.

Throughout the book, Jeff provides dozens of model texts, both fiction and nonfiction, that bring alive the ten things every writer needs to know. By analyzing strong mentor texts, young writers learn what is possible and experiment with the strategies professional writers use. Students explore, discover, and apply what makes good writing work. Jeff dedicates a chapter to each of the ten things every writer needs to know and provides mini-lessons, mentor texts, writing process strategies, and classroom tips that will motivate students to confidently and competently take on any writing task.

With standardized tests and Common Core Curriculum influencing classrooms nationwide, educators must stay true to what works in writing instruction. 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know keeps teachers on track—encouraging, discovering, inspiring, reminding, and improving writing through conversation, inquiry, and the support of good writing behaviors.

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Prologue: What Writing Instruction Is and Isn’t
Overview: What Does Every Writer Need to Know?
Chapter 1: Motion: Getting and Keeping Writers Motivated
Chapter 2: Models: Using Mentor Texts
Chapter 3: Focus: Narrowing the Scope
Chapter 4: Detail: Selecting the Concrete and Necessary
Chapter 5: Form: Organizing and Structuring Ideas
Chapter 6: Frames: Exploring Introductions and Conclusions
Chapter 7: Cohesion: Unifying the Whole
Chapter 8: Energy: Creating Rhythm and Style
Chapter 9: Words: Crafting Precise Diction
Chapter 10: Clutter: Deleting the Extraneous
Epilogue: What Stays?
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Jeff Anderson
For the past eighteen years, Jeff has taught at large urban Title I schools in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. He is currently teaching sixth grade at Rayburn Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. >more

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