When Writing Workshop Isn't Working

Answers to Ten Tough Questions, Grades 2-5

Writing is hard work. Teaching it can be even harder. As most teachers know, writer's workshop doesn't always go as planned, and many find there are obstacles that they consistently struggle with. In his role as a literacy coordinator and teacher, Mark Overmeyer has heard the same issues raised again and again by both new and experienced colleagues. When Writing Workshop Isn't Working provides practical advice to overcome these common problems and get your writing workshop back on track.

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Writing is hard work. Teaching it can be even harder. As most teachers know, writer's workshop doesn't always go as planned, and many find there are obstacles that they consistently struggle with. In his role as a literacy coordinator and teacher, Mark Overmeyer has heard the same issues raised again and again by both new and experienced colleagues. When Writing Workshop Isn't Working provides practical advice to overcome these common problems and get your writing workshop back on tr...read more

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Mark is a native of Colorado, and received his education at the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado College, and University of Colorado at Denver. He has over thirty years of teaching experience, most of it in Cherry Creek Schools in Denver, Colorado.

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Contents
Foreword by Stephanie Harvey
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1: How Do I Begin My Writing Instruction?
Chapter 2: How Can I Help Students Who Don't Know What to Write About?
Chapter 3: How Can I Help My Students Develop Better Vocabulary and Word Choice?
Chapter 4: How Can I Help Students Write in Complete and More Interesting Sentences?
Chapter 5: How Can I Help My Students Organize Their Writing?
Chapter 6: How Can I Help My Students Use Revision Effectively?
Chapter 7: How Do I Effectively Manage Writing Conferences?
Chapter 8: How Do I Assess my Students' Writing?
Chapter 9: How Can I Prepare Students for Standardized Testing Without Compromising My Writing Program?
Chapter 10: How Do I Plan for Writing Instruction?
Appendices
Appendix A: Books to Support Memoir Writing
Appendix B: Books to Support Narrative Writing
Appendix C: Revising My Writing
Appendix D: Descriptive Writing Rubric
Appendix E: Four Point Generic Writing Rubric
Appendix F: Yearlong Plan
Appendix G: Recommended Books by Topic
References

Product Details

Grade Range: 2-5
Media: 166 pp/paper
Year: 2004
Item No: 0404Item No: 0478Item No: B404
ISBN: 978-157110-404-5ISBN: 978-157110-478-6ISBN: 978-15711B-404-5

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