Above and Beyond the Writing Workshop

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Above and Beyond the Writing Workshop by Shelley Harwayne is filled with original, joyful writing challenges designed to bring back the spirit of the original writing workshop model while encouraging educators to enhance it through invention, innovation, and inspiration. These challenges are meant to generate other lessons and other projects, as teachers come to realize that teaching writing is not only possible but perhaps the most important, relevant, and gratifying part of their instruction. 

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When writing workshop first blossomed in classrooms, its hallmarks were genuine curiosity, individual choice, quality conversations, and engaging children’s literature. A joyous hum of intention, creativity, and craft enlivened the school day. But today’s teachers are often faced with a range of obstacles, as new initiatives are embraced, mandates handed down, and scripted programs purchased. Sometimes teachers must sacrifice the original principles of writing workshop and lose that joyous hum.

Above and Beyond the Writing Workshop by Shelley Harwayne is filled with original, joyful writing challenges designed to bring back the spirit of the original writing workshop model while encouraging educators to enhance it through invention, innovation, and inspiration. These challenges are meant to generate other lessons and other projects, as teachers come to realize that teaching writing is not only possible but perhaps the most important, relevant, and gratifying part of their instruction. 

Shelley invites teachers to keep the groundbreaking spirit alive by:
 

  • taking back their writing workshops
  • finding time for professional conversations
  • trying out new ideas in the company of colleagues
  • encouraging children to be inquisitive, outspoken, and independent
  • reminding children how fascinating the world is
  • helping students delight in figuring out how things work and then teaching others what they have learned
  • offering children an opportunity to think deeply about their passions and giving one another new things to love
  • showing children that high quality writing can and will make a difference in the world.

Shelley believes children who write what matters to them—their experiences, their beliefs, their observations—will find their lives enhanced. She seeks to raise activists who, by becoming more aware of the world and asking why things are the way they are, will be empowered to make it better.

About the Author(s)

Shelley Harwayne has been associated with the New York public schools for more than 50 years, serving as a teacher, staff developer, principal, superintendent and currently as a volunteer. Throughout the years, she has consulted with school districts nationwide, published several professional texts as well as books for emergent readers and was honored with the NCTE Language Arts Educator of the Year award.

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Table of Contents

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Prologue: Why This Book
Background on Writing Challenges

Part One: Getting Up from Your Desk
Chapter 1: Across-the-Globe Writing, Grades 3–5
Chapter 2: Quirky Questions and Biographical Sketches, Grades 3–5 
Chapter 3: Playing Favorites, Grades 1–2
Chapter 4: Learning from One Writer, Grades 1–3  

Part II Two: Camaraderie Among Writers
Chapter 5: Simple Scaffolds, Grades 2–5
Chapter 6: Curiosity at the Core, Grades 2–5
Chapter 7: And the Award Goes To . . . , Grades 4–5
Chapter 8: Could It Really Happen? Grades 3–5

Part III Three: Original and High-Quality
Chapter 9: Just for a Day Writing, Grades 2–5
Chapter 10: Doing What the Animals Do, Grades 1–3
Chapter 11: Imagine If You Were, Grades 1–3
Chapter 12: Wearing a Mask, Grades 2–5
Chapter 13: Doing What They Do Best, Grades 1–3
Chapter 14: Writing with Refrains, Grades 2–5
Chapter 15: Definitional Picture Books, Grades 3–5

Part Four IV: More Than an Audience of One
Chapter 16: Would You Rather . . . ? Grades 2–5
Chapter 17: Nonfiction Calendars, Grades 2–5
Chapter 18: Creating Reader’s Notes, Grades 3–5
Chapter 19: Creating Glossaries, Grades 3–5
Chapter 20: Research and Riddles, Grades 1–5
Chapter 21: Every Day of the Week, Grades 2–5
Chapter 22: Author Scrapbooks, Grades 3–5

Part V: Reaching Above and Beyond
Chapter 23: Professional Development Opportunities
Chapter 24: Concluding Thoughts: On Inventing, Innovating, and Inspiring One Another

Acknowledgments
Appendices 
Appendix 1: Additional Across-the-Globe Student Writing Samples
Appendix 2: Learning from Eileen Spinelli—Student Writing Samples
Appendix 3: NYC Counting Book Writing Sample
Appendix 4: Persona/Mask Poem, “Worth the Trip”
Appendix 5: Additional Writing with Refrains Samples
Appendix 6: “Would You Rather . . . ?” Questions
Appendix 7: Planning Sheet for Nonfiction Calendars
Appendix 8:  Sample Word Lists for Creating Glossaries
Appendix 9: Planning Sheet for Glossary Study
Appendix 10: Additional Research and Riddle Writing Samples
Appendix 11: Additional Every-Day-of-the-Week Writing Samples 
Appendix 12: Additional Sentences Demonstrating Jonathan London’s Writing Techniques 

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Product Details

Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Media: 368 pp/paper
Available: 11/07/2021
Item No: 1430
ISBN: 978-1-62531-430-7
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

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