Close Writing

Developing Purposeful Writers in Grades 2-6

How closely do your students read their writing? What are the implications for those who do and those who don’t?

During her work in classrooms, literacy coach Paula Bourque noticed that students who read their own writing closely are engaged in their work, write fluently, are able to produce lengthy drafts, and incorporate teaching points from mini-lessons into the day’s writing.

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How closely do your students read their writing? What are the implications for those who do and those who don’t?

During her work in classrooms, literacy coach Paula Bourque noticed that students who read their own writing closely are engaged in their work, write fluently, are able to produce lengthy drafts, and incorporate teaching points from mini-lessons into the day’s writing.

In this comprehensive book, Paula shows you that no matter what structures or lessons you use in your writing classroom, the strategies in Close Writing will help you make these better by creating student writers who are more aware of what effective writing looks like, who care about what they write, and who take ownership and responsibility for their growth as writers.

Paula argues that a key element in close writing is learning to look and looking to learn by closely reading our own writing. Instead of focusing on the mechanics of their writing, she encourages students to read their words for understanding, clarity, and the effect they will have on an audience. She urges them to recognize their habits and their approaches to writing and to build upon them.

Close Writing is based on research and methods that are reliable and valid best practices, but it will not prescribe lessons or structures. It gives you a peek inside classrooms where teachers just like you are working with budding authors just like yours. Paula also provides considerations for ELL writers, as well as a section of interviews with authors. She shares an extensive reference/resource guide, and a companion website with students’ work samples, reproducibles and templates, and videos of classroom writing lessons round out this must-have resource.

About the Author(s)

Paula Bourque is a National Board-Certified Teacher of literacy and a K-6 instructional coach in Augusta, Maine. She considers herself a lifelong learner and has worn many hats in her thirty-plus years in education: classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, literacy specialist, consultant, adjunct instructor, presenter, and mom. Follow her on Twitter @LitCoachLady or at paulabourque.com

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART 1: GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Chapter 1 Learning to Look
Chapter 2 Close Reading: The Key to Close Writing

PART 2: CLOSE WRITING LESSONS
Chapter 3 Close Listening: Developing Our Writer's Ear
Chapter 4 Close Looking: Learning from Mentor Texts
Chapter 5 Close Modeling: Learning from Mentor Authors
Chapter 6 Increasing Volume and Stamina
Chapter 7 Rereading and Reflecting
Chapter 8 Revising: Revisiting and Revisioning
Chapter 9 Eyes and Ears of an Editor
Chapter 10 Assessment and Feedback for Close Writing
Chapter 11 Publishing and Performing: The Process and the Product

PART 3: CLOSE WRITING WITH AUTHORS
Getting Close to Writers to Be Close Writers

Epilogue

References

Index

Resources

Product Details

Grade Range: 2-6
Media: 304 pp/paper
Year: 2016
Item No: 1053Item No: 1054Item No: 1B53
ISBN: 978-1-62531-053-8ISBN: 978-1-62531-054-5ISBN: 978-1-62531-B53-8

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