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Old 07-04-2008, 05:11 AM
 
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Could anyone suggest books on R/W workshops that are specifically geared for middle school kids? I teach 7th grade and would like to start both reading and writing workshops . Thanks


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In the Middle by Nancie Atwell
Inside Out by Dan Kirby and Dawn Latta Kirby
Write Beside Them (the author escapes me)
A Community of Writers by Zemelman and Daniels
Writing Reminders by Jim Burke
Reading Reminders by Jim Burke
Reading Don't Fix No Chevys--can't remember author
I Read It But I Don't Get It--Chris Tovani
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Thanks!!
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This is a big help.
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:56 AM
 
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Laura Robb's Teaching Reading in Middle School is a nice resource. It's basic but it does a great job of explaining how to handle RW in a 45-minute or block environment. I think it would be a great book for someone trying RW for the first time.

For WW, I'm a fan of Katie Ray Wood and Ralph Fletcher, in addition to all of the other giants mentioned above. Aimee Buckner's Notebook Know-How is a nice explanation of how to use a writer's notebook in WW.

For ideas on revision, there's no one better than Barry Lane.

Good luck!
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A few posts down mrsf70 put a ton of helpful stuff including a website that I have found to be SUPER helpful!
The origional post was by SMB.
Thanks to mrsf!!!


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Thanks for the compliment, Zoso
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I never know if I really have good ideas or not; I just keep working at the whole teaching thing!

Here is a website I gained valuable info. from. The teacher is Susan Moran, and she has tremendous resources:
http://www.bayvieweduc.ednet.ns.ca/Smoran/Reader%27sworkshop/reader%27sworkshopindex.htm.

Another great Atwell book is The Reading Zone. Atwell gives voice to many great ideas for teaching the true love and pleasure of reading.
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A great writer's workshop book is Craft Lessons: Teaching Writing K-8 by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi.
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Thanks to everyone
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for all of the great book ideas. I have been to Susan Moran's website. All I can say is WOW! Where does she find the time to create such an incredible website.
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I have seen "Letter Essays" mentioned a couple of times--what is this exactly?
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:47 AM
 
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Nancy Atwell's Lesson's That Change Writers is an invaluable resource!!!
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These are responses to independent reading from students that teachers use to assess different skills in reading and writing. I introduced them to my 6th graders in the fall when we were doing Reading Zone (modified from Atwell's book The Reading Zone). I included seven different choices for them and did not allow repeats until they had done about 5 different letters. I am attaching a copy of my handout.
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Thank you for your wonderful attachment! I've printed it and will use the idea--thanks again!
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Thanks!!! I saved it with the 150 other ideas I have "borrowed" from you!!!
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Thanks, but I can't take all the credit, that's for sure! I "stole" and modified my letter essays based on the website I posted above and Atwell's Reading Zone. Those two resources were my lifeline in creating my 6th grade literature program last year.
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I l ove your attachment! I definitely want to use it. The thing is that when I save it to my computer and then go to open it, it won't open. Anyone know what I need to do? I can open it before it is saved. What am i doing wrong?
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Is it saving as a pdf document?
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You also might try reinstalling your Adobe Acrobat reader from the Adobe site.

I found it in Word and uploaded that just in case.
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Old 07-18-2008, 04:12 AM
 
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Thanks! I'll give it a try!
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:18 AM
 
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Thanks. I've been looking for something new to try for verification that students are reading their novels. I think they'll like this.
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I came across your post and was interested in checking out Susan's site. However, I could not get to it. Is this the correct address? I am really trying to find good valuable sites to learn more about writing workshop. I was hoping this one would really help. Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 10-19-2010, 04:02 AM
 
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Can you post the link to Susan Moran's website? I can't seem to get there from here! Thanks!
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