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100 Quickwrites
Author(s) : Linda Rief
Price :$17.99
Grades 5 and up
A rich collection of poems and short passages, perfect for middle school. Teachers read one of the powerful pieces aloud and invite students to respond to one of the freewriting suggestions. Teachers will be amazed at what students can write in 2-3 minutes! A quick and effective way to share models of strong writing and to get students writing and thinking . . . and a great way to focus attention at the beginning of class!
6 + 1 Traits of Writing
The Complete Guide (Grades 3 and Up)

Author(s) : Ruth Culham
Price :$29.99
Grades 3 and up
Everything You Need to Teach and Assess Student Writing With This Powerful Model
Blueprint for Writing Instruction!
Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, and Presentation. Look at good writing in any genre, and you'll find these traits. Think of them as the fuel that stokes the engine of writing.
6+1 Traits of Writing
The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades

Author(s) : Ruth Culham
Price :$29.99
Grades K - 2
Why has the 6+1 TRAIT model had such a tremendous impact on writing instruction? Because it works. It allows teachers to pinpoint students strengths and weaknesses in ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation, and focus instruction. 
A Writer's Notebook
Unlocking the Writer within You

Author(s) : Ralph Fletcher
Price :$5.99
Grades 3 - 7
Writers are like other people, except for at least one important difference. Other people have daily thoughts and feelings, notice this sky or that smell, but they don't do much about it.
Already Ready
Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten

Author(s) : Katie Wood Ray, Matt Glover
Price :$33.75
By the time they reach preschool or kindergarten, young children are already writers. They don't have much experience, but they're filled with stories to tell and ideas to express - they want to show the world what they know and see. All they need is a nurturing teacher like you to recognize the writer at work within them. All you need to help them is Already Ready.
Assessing And Teaching Beginning Writers
Every Picture Tells a Story

Author(s) : David Matteson, Deborah Freeman
Price :$18.95
Based on strong understandings of developmentally appropriate practices, the authors have created and explained a continuum designed to assess what very young children know about oral language, drawing, and writing. This new, well-researched, and easy-to-use assessment tool helps teachers determine powerful next literacy steps and instruction for their young students.
Blueprint for Exceptional Writing
Author(s) : Jennifer Fontenot, Karen Carney
Price :$35.99
Grades K - 8
Written for teachers in K-8 who are dedicated to helping students think, plan, and then write interesting and meaningful essays, Blueprint for Exceptional Writing ("BEW") provides a master plan to help build successful writers. BEW gives teachers a comprehensive set of strategies that will improve student writing. Teaching writing will never be the same with Blueprint for Exceptional Writing!
But How Do You Teach Writing?
A Simple Guide for All Teachers

Author(s) : Barry Lane
Price :$25.99
Grades K - 12
Through anecdote, classroom vignette, and his own experience as a writer and teacher, Barry encourages teachers of any grade level to start a writing program tomorrow and not wait until they have attained perfect understanding. Barry's motto: Let's learn along the way!
Cracking Open the Author's Craft
Teaching the Art of Writing

Author(s) : Lester Laminack
Price :$31.99
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.
Crafting Comparison Papers
Author(s) : Marcia Freeman
Price :$19.95
Grades 4 - 10
Since comparison papers require students to describe both similarities and differences, they are often used as assessment tools in just about every subject. For this reason alone, developing writers should be taught how to craft effective comparison papers.
But teaching your students how to compose comparison papers also has a larger impact on their education-- it prepares them to think more analytically, perform better in complex testing situations, and compare texts.
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