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The Responsive Writing Teacher, Grades K-5

The Responsive Writing Teacher, Grades K-5
Aligning Instruction to the Writers in Your Classroom

February 2021 | 224 pages | Corwin
“This book is an instructive call to action for all of us who need to be reminded of what hope enacted as classroom practice can look like.”  —Cornelius Minor

Now more than ever, students enter our classroom from many backgrounds, with a variety of assets and challenges. Authors Melanie Meehan and Kelsey Sorum pose that when you approach writing instruction with a deep understanding of the children in your classroom, everything else—assessment, planning, differentiated instruction, mentor and shared texts, goal-setting—starts to fall into place.

With this hands-on professional book, you’ll gather, adapt, and create the tools for truly student-centered writing instruction. Each chapter offers actionable steps for responsive instruction, examples from real classrooms, and customizable templates, with related suggestions for responsiveness across four domains: cognitive, linguistic, cultural, and social-emotional. Features include:

Inspiration, real-life examples, and scaffolded tips for creating individualized resources
Customizable information-gathering tools, classroom charts, and writing samples
Space for making notes and working through ideas
Links to online content, including printable templates 

Just as you adapt to your students, this book adapts to you. Every tool is designed to be usable in its original form, or customized as you see fit. However you choose to use it, this indispensable resource will make your job easier—and your students feel valued, heard, and agentive as writers.

Foreword by Cornelius Minor
Letter from the Authors
A Shared Story

The Four Domains of Responsiveness

The Structure of This Book

Chapter 1: Collecting Information About the Writers in Your Classroom
Chapter 2: Planning Responsive Instruction
Chapter 3: Co-Constructing Responsive Charts
Chapter 4: Selecting Responsive Mentor Texts
Chapter 5: Providing Responsive Demonstration Texts
Chapter 6: Empowering Students to Make Their Own Tools and Resources

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ISBN: 9781071840641
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