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Into Writing

The Primary Teacher's Guide to Writing Workshop

Megan Sloan
Foreword by Vicki Spandel

ISBN 978-0-325-01228-5 / 0-325-01228-8 / 2009 / 256pp / Paperback
Imprint: Heinemann
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Grade Level: K - 3rd
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For me, there was enormous satisfaction in seeing how Megan Sloan interweaves process, workshop, and traits in this book. I have struggled all my professional life to help teachers see that the 6 traits are not a silver bullet, not even a curriculum, but a way of thinking and talking about writing that enormously empowers revision—and therefore, both process and workshop. It is so gratifying to hear from a teacher who really understands this relationship, and sees how things work in harmony, rather than trying to replace one with the other.

—Vicki Spandel

Author of Creating Young Writers

 

 

 “I want to set up a writing workshop in my classroom—now what?”

“What should my teaching look like day to day?”

“What about minilessons? Conferences and assessment? Share time?”

 

These are just a few of the many questions about writing workshop that teacher and nationally known staff developer Megan Sloan has been asked. With Into Writing this workshop veteran sets out to answer these and the other most commonly asked questions about teaching writing well.

 

From September to June, Sloan’s answers break down the workshop piece by piece so you can make the most of it. She examines the ins and outs of writing workshop through four overarching principles of practice:

  1. Differentiate to address each writer’s unique needs.
  2. Make every minute count by designing instruction that sticks.
  3. Share your experiences with students to build trust, encourage choice and community, and model how real writers work.
  4. Emphasize writing to support reading.

 

If you’re new to writing workshop, Into Writing will be a handy, inspirational guide for implementing and sustaining it. If you want to improve your workshop, you’ll have a troubleshooting manual that’s easy to use and that’s as focused on helping writers reach their potential as you are.

 

Into Writing answers your questions with all the practical savvy, student-sample guideposts, and specific, actionable advice you’d expect from a veteran teacher. And with her warmth and can-do spirit, Megan Sloan will win you over and lead you to teaching that your young writers will find as satisfying as you will.

 

  • Okay, I Got the Twenty-Five Notebooks—Now What?
  • What Do the First Six Weeks Look Like?
  • How Do I Teach Writing? Structuring Minilessons
  • What Do I Teach? Twelve Minilessons that Pave the Way to Wondrous Writing
  • How Do I Balance Student Choice with Teacher-Directed Writing?
  • Have You Seen the Range I Teach? Inspiring a Diverse Set of Learners
  • How Do I Teach Writing During Reading?
  • Do I Really Have to Run a Mini–Random House? Bringing Balance to Revising, Editing, and Publishing
  • How Do I Keep Assessment Easy? Observations, Writing Conferences, and Looking at Student Work

 

Appendixes

    • Anecdotal Notes Conference Form
    • Writing Scoring Form

 

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Into Writing takes us inside Megan Sloan's classroom for a concrete and engaging look at writing workshop. The book is full of details about setting up and managing writing in the primary grades, told through the experiences of Megan's young writers. I particularly appreciate the many photographs and student samples that illustrate the text. The question/answer format also helps readers quickly find specific information. If you're new to writing workshop, Into Writing gives you everything you need to get going. If you're a veteran, you'll be sure to find great ideas to adapt. In this book, a master teacher shows us how to nurture the writer inside our students.

—Katherine L. Schlick Noe, Seattle, WA, 9/7/2009

 

Megan Sloan writes this book beautifully! I have been teaching for 17 years and I appreciate her ideas on the Writing Workshop. Her thoughts and ideas were practical, and easy to apply to a primary group. I found this to be a great book that already is broken in with post it notes and notes to myself in the margin. Thanks for a great resource!

—K Knerr, Kirkland, WA, 10/5/2009

 

 

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