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Writing Workshop
by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi

Is the writing workshop the only way to teach writing? No. There are a variety of approaches or programs, but none of them matches the writing workshop when it comes to growing strong writers. That's why, despite the pressures of testing, the writing workshop has endured and even flourished in thousands of schools across the country.

WRITING WORKSHOP is a practical book that provides everything a teacher needs to get the writing workshop up and running. In clear language, Fletcher and Portalupi explain the simple principles that underlie the writing workshop, and explore all the major components that make it work. Each chapter addresses an essential element, then suggests five or six specific things a teacher can do to implement the idea under discussion. There's a separate chapter entitled "What About The Skills?" which shows how to effectively teach skills in the context of writing. The book closes with practical forms in the appendices to ensure that the workshop runs smoothly.

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Craft Lessons: Teaching Writing K-8
Second Edition
by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi

Since its publication in 1998 Craft Lessons has become a mainstay of writing teachers, both new and experienced. Readers value the pithy, practical lessons—each printed on one page—and appreciate the instructional language geared to three grade-level groupings: K–2, 3–4, and 5–8.

In the decade since Craft Lessons' publication the world has changed in many ways, yet one thing has remained constant: teachers continue to feel starved for time. With new curriculum mandates, daily specials, “pull-outs,” and precious time devoted to test preparation, the situation has never been worse, and the need for a succinct resource like Craft Lessons has never been greater.

The features that made Craft Lessons so valuable have been augmented in this new edition which includes:

  • Seventeen brand new craft lessons.
  • Revisions to other craft lessons: model texts that have gone out of print have been replaced with current titles, and the resource materials sections have been expanded.
  • Two new indexes: a handy subject index to make it easier to find specific craft lessons, and an index that shows how these craft lessons can be integrated into Ralph and JoAnn's curriculum resource, Teaching the Qualities of Witing.
  • New thinking about teaching elements of craft and the reading-writing connection.

The 95 lessons in this book provide a wealth of information for teaching leads, character, endings, stronger verbs, and much more. This new edition reestablishes Craft Lessons as the crucial “desert island book” for harried writing teachers everywhere.

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Nonfiction Craft Lessons
Teaching Information Writing K-8

by Ralph Fetcher and JoAnn Portalupi

Most young writers are not intimidated by personal narrative, fiction, or even poetry, but when they try to put together a “teaching book,” report, or persuasive essay, they often feel anxious or frustrated. JoAnn Portalupi and Ralph Fletcher believe that young nonfiction writers supply plenty of passion, keen interest and wonder. Teachers can provide concrete strategies to help students scaffold their ideas as they write in this challenging genre. Nonfiction Craft Lessons will help students breathe voice into lifeless nonfiction writing, make it clearer, more authoritative, and more organized. This is an invaluable counterpart to the best-selling Craft Lessons.

Breathing In, Breathing Out
Keeping a Writer's Notebook

by Ralph Fletcher

This book is for any adult who has a writer inside of them, however lost or buried. It explores the notebook as a place to react, play through language trough "set pieces", write badly, collect seed ideas, snatches of conversation and more.



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What a Writer Needs
by Ralph Fletcher

How can I help students improve the quality of what they write? WHAT A WRITER NEEDS is a must have book for writing teachers. There are chapters on leads and endings, voice, setting, tension, time, developing character, etc.

Now in its ninth printing!

Walking Trees: Portraits of Teachers and Children in the Culture of Schools
by Ralph Fletcher

One September, Ralph Fletcher began a job teaching veteran New York City public school teachers how to teach writing to their students. The characters Fletcher worked with are unforgettable, as are their stories, in this rich narrative that reads like a novel.


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