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Cracking Open the Author's Craft: Teaching the Art of Writing

Cracking Open the Author's Craft: Teaching the Art of Writing

by Lester LaminackLester Laminack
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By observing the deep study of one book, teachers will learn how to explore any text with a greater appreciation for and understanding of author's craft, which they can use to support students' development as writers. Fifteen ready-to-use mini-lessons introduce students to techniques and literary elements they can use to craft their own writing. On an accompanying DVD, the author explains how writers work with both audible and visual craft. The DVD also includes downloadable forms and guidelines teachers can use with their students to explore writer's craft. For use with Grades K–5.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439919647
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2007
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     9
Who Should Read This Book?     9
Welcome, Readers     13
Toward a Working Definition of Author's Craft     16
Craft According to Lester     16
Audible Craft and Visual Craft     18
Lessons for Leading Writers Forward     20
The Lesson Framework     20
Getting Ready for Craft Study: Reading Like a Writer     22
Audible Craft Lessons From Saturdays and Teacakes     25
Visual Craft Lessons From Saturdays and Teacakes     41
So, Now What? Moving Beyond This Study     56
Craft Study     57
Craft Across Genres and Topics     57
What Do We Hope For?     58
Examining Craft in Student Writing     58
A Workshop to Grow Your Knowledge Base     68
Defining Craft     68
Digging Into Children's Literature     77
Moving From Curriculum to Selection of Books     84
Looking Closely at Student Writing     87
A Closing Word From Lester-A Plea for Common Sense     91
Anchor Texts to Support Audible and Visual Craft Study     93
References     95
Web Links     96

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