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Writing Is Like Real Talk!: Coaching Conversations for Preschool to Grade Six Writing

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  • Pre- and in-service teachers get important background knowledge that provides a succinct overview of children’s writing development. (Chapter 1)
  • A firm foundation for effective coaching conversations is established in the discussion of strategic questioning and the importance of questioning. (Chapter 2 and in specific chapter questioning prompts)
  • The information is easy to follow due to the consistent format of the book that discusses seven pedagogical elements throughout–Context, Research Corner, Writing Sample, Coaching Conversation, Assessment, Teacher Comments, and Questions for Consideration. (Presented in Chapter 3 and in examples throughout Chapters 4—28)
  • Support for specific writing activities is provided by the Research Corner/References examples throughout Chapters 4 through 28.
  • Readers learn the connections to the national standards in the authors’ presentation of IRA/NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts, Common Core State Standards, and national content standards. (Chapters 4—28)
  • Learning through the voices of real teachers is featured in the Teacher Comments and applicable assessments provided in Chapters 4—28.
  • Opportunities for discussion and critical thinking are provided in the Questions for Consideration feature. (Chapters 4-28)
  • Additional samples of students’ writing are included in the Appendix at the end of the book.

Here’s valuable help for improving students’ writing through a sound, illustrative combination of research-based authentic writing samples and positive coaching conversations. A guide, an incentive, and a model for success, this resource uses real classroom writing and pedagogical elements that provide specific context, research connections, teacher talk, and most importantly, students’ writing examples to help teachers teach writing to preschool through grade 6 students.

 

Writing Is Like Real Talk! encourages teachers to reflect on how they teach writing–and to use what they learn from students’ writing to inform their instruction. In addition to the outstanding pedagogical aids, each chapter includes authentic writing samples and coaching conversations specific to students’ needs. Armed with these classroom-based scenarios, instructors can enhance the development of teacher talk that acknowledges students as writers, facilitates students’ meaning making, and enables students to move toward writer consciousness.

 

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

 

Preface  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       i

 

Acknowledgements   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      vi

 

Section 1:  Developing Strategic Writers

Chapter 1   An Overview of Children’s Writing Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        1                     

Chapter 2   Coaching Conversation: Guiding Writing Through Strategic. . . . . . 25                          

Questioning     

                                                                                                                                             

Section 2:  Children’s Writing – Preschool Through Sixth Grade

Chapter 3   Coaching and its Conversations: The Seven Pedagogical Elements.  35            

Chapter 4   Writing My Name – A Two-and-a-Half Year Old . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       39

Chapter 5   A Grocery List – A Three Year Old . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        43            

Chapter 6   Holiday Gift List – A Four-and-a-Half Year Old . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      48           

Chapter 7   Picture Response with Name – Young Kindergarten . . . . . . . . . . . .    55

Chapter 8   Visualization Response – Kindergarten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      65            

Chapter 9   Response to a Thanksgiving Story – Pre-first. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    73             

Chapter 10 Word Study and the Journal Prompt – First Grade  . . . . . . . . . . . . .     79            

Chapter 11 Retelling of a Fable – First Grade  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        95            

Chapter 12 Persuasive Writing: Taking a Vacation – Second Grade . . . . . . . . .     103

Chapter 13 Acrostic Poem – Second Grade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       111         

Chapter 14 Book Response – Second Grade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       118          

Chapter 15 How Do Planes Work? – Second/Third Grade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       123          

Chapter 16 Lead Sentences – Third Grade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       131          

Chapter 17 Book Reviews –Third Grade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          137          

Chapter 18 Social Justice Project – Third Grade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         145          

Chapter 19 Erie Canal Newspaper Column - Fourth Grade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        154          

Chapter 20 Persuasive Writing: Dogs vs. Cats – Fourth Grade. . . . . . . . . . . . .       160          

Chapter 21 Personal Opinion Essay – Fourth Grade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       169          

Chapter 22 Letter from a Puritan Child – Fifth Grade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       178         

Chapter 23 Graphing the Ways to Eat Oreos – Fifth Grade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       187          

Chapter 24 Science Log: Nature’s Palette – Fifth Grade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        195          

Chapter 25 Poet or Jazz Musician Biography Essay – Sixth Grade. . . . . . . . . .       203          

Chapter 26 Diary Response to a Virtual Field Trip – Sixth Grade. . . . . . . . . . .       212

Chapter 27 Science Clerihew Poem – Sixth Grade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         222          

Chapter 28 Math Journal: Teacher to Teacher Coaching – Sixth Grade . . . . . .     230     

 

Appendix  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        237

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