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Deeper Writing

Deeper Writing
Quick Writes and Mentor Texts to Illuminate New Possibilities

November 2012 | 232 pages | Corwin
Deeper Writing: Prompting New Writing Possibilities is directly aligned to key English learning core standards and will be a valuable tool for teachers working with young writers. The book provides simple and flexible, yet provocative, writing ideas that can be used with all levels of writers. These prompts are not the typical one-line story starters or formulaic fill-in the blank activities, but are designed to lead to substantive, meaningful writing and foster reflection on a variety of relevant and thought-provoking topics.

Included with each prompt are carefully chosen mentor texts that model the possible shapes and forms writing might take and stimulate individual reflection and writing. This book will support teachers as they strive to make writing workshop, journaling and all aspects of writing instruction more meaningful, and to provide opportunities for substantive engagement for their students.

Foreword by Franki Sibberson
Introduction: Deeper Writing With Quick Writes and Mentor Texts
Chapter 1 Knowledge and Memory: Writing Ourselves
Chapter 2 Art, Lenses, and Visions: Writing the World We See
Chapter 3 Passion, Power, and Purpose: Writing to Change the World
Chapter 4 Containers, Craft, and Conventions: Writing in Different Genres
Chapter 5 The Creation of a Quick Write: Developing Your Own
Literature Cited

"This text allows teachers and students to experience the pleasures and joys of finding meaning in... writing. Such "digging deeper" can be rare in a writing-on-demand culture. The prompts are versatile enough to allow for use in a wide variety of classrooms, from primary-grades to graduate school."

Peggy Semingson, Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies
College of Education, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Texas at Arlington

"Here are the resources you would collect if you had months to search for them. Robin shows how each can be used to help students find satisfying topics and then develop those by studying the craft of other writers. This book will inspire you to write—and lead your students to write—with heart, with passion, and with increasing skill."

Penny Kittle, Author of Write Beside Them and Book Love
Conway, NH
Key features
  • Includes over 45 writing prompts and shows teachers how to craft their own unique writing opportunities - Section 3 guides readers through the development of an effective writing prompt and offers suggestions for develop additional prompts
  • Accessible, user-friendly format - Each prompt is labeled with a suggested grade level, based on both content and mentor texts. In addition, ideas for modifications will be provided.
  • Grounded in research, but also informed by decades of classroom experience - The book draws on the work of Donald Graves, Donald Murray, Katie Wood Ray, and other notables in the fields of writing and student engagement, but also includes numerous vignettes and teaching tips from real classrooms.
  • Each prompt is presented with several suggested mentor texts - These selections provide vision, and model possibilities and directions for student writers.
  • Goes beyond just providing prompts— Holland offers strategies for fostering authentic writing, increasing fluency and preparing students to write for a variety of purposes.
  • Designed to enhance the writing instruction that teachers are already providing - The prompts and mentor texts can be used to support, supplement and/or follow basic instruction and complements any writing approach or program be utilized (i.e. 6 Traits, 6+1 Trait®, Calkins' units of study, writing workshop etc).
  • The prompts are not limited to use in writing instruction alone - As teachers delve into content area instruction and nonfiction lessons, these prompts can provide a way to introduce topics or foster further reflection on various areas of study.

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