Writing Essentials: Raising Expectations and Results While Simplifying Teaching

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What does great writing instruction look like and sound like?
How do successful teachers of writing get great writers who enjoy writing?
Where do they find the time for instruction, assessment, and test prep?

In Writing Essentials Regie Routman demystifies the process of teaching writing well and gives you the knowledge, research, precise instructional language, and confidence you need to succeed. With Regie's help, you'll transform your classroom into an organized, joyful writing environment where students connect reading with writing every day across the curriculum, learn essential skills like grammar and spelling, and achieve higher scores on high-stakes tests through sensible, writing-based test preparation and daily classroom-based assessment.
Writing Essentials specifically and explicitly demonstrates practical, easy-to-do strategies that turn your writing instruction practices into best practices. Follow Routman's path for successfully leading all students-including English language learners, writers who struggle, and students coping with learning disabilities-from first draft to publication. You'll find expert advice and specific demonstrations on a wide variety of techniques, including: demonstrating your own writing process for students organizing and managing the writing classroom conducting effective, efficient writing conferences creating meaningful rubrics for better assessment teaching various forms of narrative and informational writing-and poetry applying shared writing across the grades and across the curriculum teaching editing and revision mapping out your writing instruction with Regie's own flexible, five-day lesson-planning model. In addition, Writing Essentials includes a DVD with eight three-to-four-minute video clips from primary and intermediate classrooms that show Regie conferring with writers and celebrating their work as she teaches and assesses. These invaluable clips, and the detailed notes that accompany them, take you inside the writing conference to see its structures and procedures while the sample classroom publications also on the DVD reveal the exciting possibilities of working with student writers.
Writing Essentials is conversational, upbeat, practical, eminently readable, illustrated with a wealth of children's writing, and filled with proven techniques for teaching writing well and managing your instructional time more effectively. With Routman in hand, you'll not only have the inspiration to say "I can do that too," but you'll have first-rate resources and strategies to answer your questions and help make great writing instruction happen in your classroom immediately. For more information on using the DVD, please click here.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 – 11 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 6
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (October 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325006016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325006017
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

Customer Reviews

Wow!! 🙂

 on January 17, 2016
By happily reading
My favorite literacy text!!

Good

 on November 9, 2016
By pamela guizar
Used for a class – good quality.

Excellent classroom resource

 on February 7, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Very good book. Great projects. Excellent resource for the classroom teacher.

Useful and easy to read

 on November 28, 2015
By R. Kane
Great book with lots of useful info. I’ve been teaching for 10 years and still got good tips.

Writing

 on January 4, 2014
By Maria C. Hill
I love this book. The author use daily experiences to support the ideas. This makes the reading more enjoyable and helpme to see how anuthing she said work during the writing time.

Writing Essentials

8 people found this helpful.
 on July 9, 2006
By Danielle Keethler
This book is an outstanding resource for K-5 teachers who want to bring joy and student engagement to classroom writing. It is a simple, straight forward approach that is extremely teacher friendly. Every elementary school teacher will benefit from reading it…and watching the DVD that accompanies the book.

Five Stars

 on July 27, 2014
By Edward J. McBride
My teachers found lots of useful information here

Great Resource!

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 18, 2007
By G.Stephens
If you want to become a better teacher of writing, then this book is for you! I am a huge follower of Regie Routman’s teaching methods, and I think this is her best book yet. The greatest part of this guide are the step-by-step lesson plan suggestions, each of which guide you over a 5-day period of time. The lessons cover a variety of genres and can be adapted for any grade level. The DVD shows Regie in action, conferencing with students. If you’re serious about wanting to change the way you teach writing, read this book!

Excellent Resource

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 29, 2007
By Learning Teacher
Full of ideas I don’t have time to implement. Regie Routman is wonderful.

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