Of Primary Importance

What's Essential in Teaching Young Writers

"In an era when external forces are guiding the hands of teachers with little concern for the needs of specific students, it is refreshing to watch a teacher who listens to her children's questions and statements to find substance for the teaching points she will create for them."
--JoAnn Portalupi, from the Foreword

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"In an era when external forces are guiding the hands of teachers with little concern for the needs of specific students, it is refreshing to watch a teacher who listens to her children's questions and statements to find substance for the teaching points she will create for them."
--JoAnn Portalupi, from the Foreword

From the first chapter of Ann Marie Corgill's Of Primary Importance you experience the swirling energy, the sights, and the sounds of a primary clas...read more

About the Author(s)

If it weren't for those scary numbers, Ann Marie Corgill wouldn't be a teacher today. "I wanted to be an architect," she says. "But I was afraid of the math classes." Now, in her fifteenth year of teaching, she can't imagine being in another profession.

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Contents
Foreword by JoAnn Portalupi
Introduction
Chapter 1: What's Essential in Teaching Young Writers?
Chapter 2: Writers Will Live Up to What You Expect of Them
Chapter 3: Designing the Learning Landscape: Providing Space and Materials for Young Writers to Grow
Chapter 4: Planning Instruction for the Writing Journey
Chapter 5: Establishing the Writing Community: Routines, Tools, and Writing Strategies
Chapter 6: From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Teaching and Learning About Poetry with Primary Writers
Chapter 7: Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Teaching and Learning About Nonfiction with Primary Writers
Chapter 8: Picture This: Teaching and Learning About Picture Books with Primary Writers
Chapter 9: Publishing Possibilities: Tips and Techniques for Sharing, Showcasing, and Celebrating Student Writing
Chapter 10: Conclusion: Growing Forward with Young Writers
Appendix A: Record Sheets for Writers
Appendix B: Support Sheets for Establishing a Writing Community
Appendix C: Poetry Study Support Sheets
Appendix D: Nonfiction Study Support Sheets
Appendix E: Picture Book Study Support Sheets
Children's Books
References
Index

Product Details

Grade Range: 1-3
Media: 236 pp/paper
Year: 2007
Item No: 0374Item No: 0811Item No: B374
ISBN: 978-157110-374-1ISBN: 978-157110-811-1ISBN: 978-15711B-374-1

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