The Writing Thief

Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing

It's been said that good writers borrow but great writers steal. Writing thieves read widely, dive deeply into texts, and steal bits and pieces from great texts as models for their own writing. Ruth Culham admits to being a writing thief—and she wants you and your students to become writing thieves, too.

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It's been said that good writers borrow but great writers steal. Writing thieves read widely, dive deeply into texts, and steal bits and pieces from great texts as models for their own writing. Ruth Culham admits to being a writing thief—and she wants you and your students to become writing thieves, too.

A major part of good writing instruction is finding the right mentor texts to share with students. Within this book, you’ll discover more than ninety excellent mentor texts, along with...read more

About the Author(s)

Ruth Culham, EdD, has written more than forty professional resources illuminating both writing and the reading-writing connection. Her most recent book, "The Writing Thief," has helped teachers find “right now” children’s books and everyday texts to use as mentor texts. "Dream Wakers" expands and complements this work by delving into books that focus on Latino culture and life as mentor texts for writing.

Table of Contents

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  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1: Time to Rethink the Teaching of Writing
  • Chapter 2: The Power of Mentor Texts for Writing
  • Chapter 3: Informational Writing
  • Chapter 4: Narrative Writing
  • Chapter 5: Argument Writing
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix
  • References
  • Index

 

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Grade Range: K-3
Media: 216 pp/paper
Year: 2016
Item No: 1141
ISBN: 978-1-62531-141-2ISBN: 978-1-62531-142-9ISBN: 978-1-62531-B41-2

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