Craft Moves

Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

How do you choose mentor texts for your students? How do you mine them for the craft lessons you want your students to learn?

In Craft Moves, Stacey Shubitz, cofounder of the Two Writing Teachers website, does the heavy lifting for you: using twenty recently published picture books, she creates more than 180 lessons to teach various craft moves that will help your students become better writers.

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How do you choose mentor texts for your students? How do you mine them for the craft lessons you want your students to learn?

In Craft Moves, Stacey Shubitz, cofounder of the Two Writing Teachers website, does the heavy lifting for you: using twenty recently published picture books, she creates more than 180 lessons to teach various craft moves that will help your students become better writers.

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Craft Moves is exactly what you’d expect from Stacey Shubitz—a book that’s as thoughtful as it is practical. Stacey understands that there’s no quick fix or formula for strong writing. It grows slowly and must be nourished by thoughtful teachers who bring powerful literature into the classroom. If you want to help your students improve the quality of their writing—and who doesn’t?—you’ll find Craft Moves a must-have resource.

Ralph Fletcher
author of Making Nonfiction from Scratch

About the Author(s)

Stacey Shubitz is an author, an independent literacy consultant, and an adjunct professor. A graduate of The Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College, she has experience teaching fourth and fifth grades. She is also the Chief of Operations and Lead Writer for Two Writing Teachers, a popular blog about the teaching of writing. Visit the blog at twowritingteachers.wordpress.com and follow Stacey on Twitter: @sshubitz

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Lester Laminack
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Choosing Pictures Books for Mentor Texts
  • Chapter 2: Reading Picture Books for Pleasure and Purpose
  • Chapter 3: Establishing Routines and Procedures for Writing with Mentor Texts
  • Chapter 4: Small-Group Strategy Lessons: Talking with Students About Their Writing
  • Chapter 5: Fiction Lesson Sets: Ten Texts, Thousands of Possibilities
  • Chapter 6: Nonfiction Lesson Sets: Moving from Narrative to Informational Writing
  • Afterword: Invitation to Collaborate
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Credits
  • Index

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Product Details

Grade Range: K-5
Year: 2016
Item No: WEB-1022
ISBN: 978-162531-022-4
Hashtag: #craftmoves

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