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Writing Essentials: Raising Expectations and Results While Simplifying Teaching

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Published October 26th 2004 by Heinemann
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Dawn
Aug 17, 2007 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I love Regie Routman, especially her ideas about teaching writing! After a professional book study with this text, I was a follower. I'm so glad my district values her ideas.
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While I am a believer in all things Regie Routman, I had a difficult time with the organization of this book. Her ideas flew off the pages but weren't arranged in a reader-friendly way. I found myself loving things she said but wasn't always able to quickly find them for deeper consideration. That being said, her thoughts on how to talk to children about their writing is perfect. She has that 'real' quality about her conversation that isn't contrived and artificial. She is an inspiration to the ...more
Melissa
Oct 06, 2007 Melissa rated it liked it
An enthusiastic approach to teaching writing in elementary schools. She makes strong emotional appeals to teaching writing well instead of teaching to tests (which is actually more insightful than I've made it sound), and the included DVD and lesson plans in the appendices provide practical examples of the theory she includes. An excellent primer on elementary writing pedagogy.
Hillary
Dec 26, 2007 Hillary rated it it was amazing
I really love her approach to teaching writing in the classroom. I have tried to emulate her style with my students. I still have some kinks to work on, but overall we had a very successful poetry unit.
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Great resource! I was inspired to write free verse poetry with my third graders and their poems were amazing!
Kristin
Feb 24, 2009 Kristin rated it really liked it
LOVE THIS BOOK! So many AH HA momments.....I love teaching kids, encouraging them to write what's in their hearts and minds!!!
Karen
Jul 24, 2007 Karen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all elementary educators
This is a wonderful resource for anyone attempting to launch writer's workshop in an elementary classroom.
Ashley Fisher
Jul 13, 2016 Ashley Fisher rated it really liked it
Regie Routman provides many practical and useful ways to teach writing in the classroom. She provides methods for students to "write to learn" rather than "learn to write." A great read!
Cheryl
Aug 04, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I just re-read this book. It is a great resource for teaching writing and reminders of sticking to your teaching practices and beliefs.
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Good information, but a really hard slog. I already use quite a bit of this ( if not all) in my classroom.
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Jul 08, 2015 Gill rated it it was amazing
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Wow! This book is an easy and fantastic read! We used this in a professional book study this year, and it has changed the way we look at teaching writing. Awesome resource!
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