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10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know

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Whether writing a blog entry or a high-stakes test essay, fiction or nonfiction, short story or argumentation, students need to know certain things in order to write effectively. In 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, Jeff Anderson focuses on developing the concepts and application of ten essential aspects of good writing—motion, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohe ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Stenhouse Publishers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Tiffany Neal
Jan 13, 2012 Tiffany Neal rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely amazing. From the spot-on quotes, to the well-researched mentor texts, to the ready-to-use lessons and ideas for the classroom, Jeff Anderson is a true inspiration. His ideas and unorthodox approach to teaching is what forced me to change my thinking on the way things have always been done. It's because of him that my classroom is run by my students and I act as a guide, allowing students to discover, notice, imitate, and celebrate instead of me standing up in front of th ...more
Jul 28, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first ordered this book in May my goal was to read a little bit and then leave it on my desk waiting for me until the came back to school; however, this book was too good to leave behind all summer. I found a lot of the writing ideas and strategies very useful and will add them to my teaching strategies. I found a lot of the information very applicable to to teaching high school students or could even be simplified and applied to middle school students: the principles and strategies prese ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Shane rated it it was amazing
A great resource for any upper elementary/middle grade teachers who teach reading and writing. Other content area specialists can and should weave skills from this text into their teaching so students can better communicate their learning. This book assisted with the creation of an outline for my teaching of writing throughout the school year.
Jul 15, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Jeff Anderson, though after reading many books by Kelly Gallagher and Jeff Anderson and hearing them both speak at a conference, every idea wasn't brand new to me, but I always walk away with ideas.
Paul  Hankins
I added a new shelf for Jeff Anderson's newest title. After all, Jeff Anderson is a thought leader. He has proven this with his books Mechanically Inclined and Everyday Editing (which I am happy to say was signed by the man himself during the AllWrite Conference in the Summer of 2011--thanks, Jeff!).

But more than this, Jeff Anderson is able to pull from multiple works and sources to create something very workable for teachers who pick up the new book. I think this is what Jeff does best--create
Lindsay Bowley
Very practical strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom!
Apr 29, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: professional
This is the second Jeff Anderson book I've read. I enjoy how he shares the interactions he and his students have in his classroom. He uses dialogue to show how he teaches and how his students learn. In this bulky tome, he shares some great models, anti-models, lessons, activities, and handouts that can help move students from a first draft attempt to a polished, revised piece. The book is structured to move from the basics like generating ideas and using mentor texts to getting rid of clutter an ...more
I love Jeff Anderson. He is such a genius when it comes to writing instruction. I wish I had his skill and organization for planning lessons.

I loved the thought and effort he put behind this book and there were some amazing ideas that I will definitely use. But I found myself getting a tad overwhelmed while reading this book and realizing that you have to be meticulously organized to teach writing the way Jeff does. I honestly have no idea how he keeps track of all those mentor texts and passag
Stephanie Martin
Jun 29, 2012 Stephanie Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teacher-books
Excellent ready to go mini writing lessons with loads of mentor texts sprinkled throughout. I am often at a loss to teach revision and feel I do a poor job. I feel excited and confident to try out his approaches next year! He clearky knows how to break things down into understandable chunks for kids. Stand outs include the lessons on energy and removing clutter. I particularly appreciated the inclusion of full page versions of all graphics in the appendix- most helpful for photocopying. I plan t ...more
Syd Lindblom
Oct 11, 2015 Syd Lindblom rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful guide by Jeff Anderson. 10 Things is wonderful because it combines general writing rules with specific grammatical tools and concrete ways to teach revision. I especially loved the questions to guide students during their revision processes. The appendix has an abundance of resources ready for any teacher to use. There is nothing particularly revolutionary about the 10 Things themselves besides the fact that they are consolidated into a short list. All writing teachers would be ...more
Lindsey Jones
Mar 04, 2013 Lindsey Jones rated it it was amazing
As a curriculum specialist, this book makes me want to go back to the classroom! I love Anderson's approach to writing. This book provides practical ideas for teaching writing, particularly in middle-high school. Anderson also provides excellent excerpts for mentor texts. The strategies in this book lend themselves well to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Writers Workshop modules. This text would make a nice addition to any professional development library. I will defini ...more
Alex Templeton
Jun 05, 2012 Alex Templeton rated it really liked it
Anderson believes that reading and writing go together, and that in order to become better writers students need to read and discuss "mentor texts"--texts that demonstrate the skill in question. I have known for a long time that reading a lot has made me a better writer, and that discussing reading in the classroom makes students better writers; Anderson writes about specific ways I can bring this understanding into the classroom.
Jul 05, 2012 James rated it liked it
Thought-provoking and turned some cool ideas around in my head about teaching writing and revising with students.
Geared more towards MS teachers, and I do NOT appreciate or enjoy Anderson's weaving in of his own classroom, students, and teaching with the techniques. I'm looking for a more straightforward, less fluffy text that I can utilize. Still, glad I read it. I'm tearing it apart for ideas for AP Lit this sem.
Dec 22, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
I recommend this book for teachers who are in need of short, easy mini lessons to help students improve their writing across the board at all grade levels. I felt some chapters pertained more to K-8 teachers and HS English teachers but there are definitely ideas I can take from this book to use with content area teachers looking to improve their students writing.
Lesiah Thompson
Jan 01, 2016 Lesiah Thompson rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Anderson has a way of simplifying teaching so that it engages students and helps them reach their personal potential. For teachers who teach struggling students, this book provides strategies that are simple and can be easily modified to fit your students. #AndersonRocks
Jul 03, 2012 Michele rated it it was amazing
If you teach writing, you MUST read this book. Four ladies from our district were able to attend Jeff Anderson's workshop this summer. He is absolutely amazing! He has his audience participate in many writing activities during the workshop. Even though he is a high school teacher, he provides ideas and activities that can be easily modified to fit any grade level.
May 26, 2016 N rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend for anyone who wants the nitty-gritty on how to actually gets students to work with the skills of writing. I'm going to be blending this with Write Like This for my curriculum for Composition this year.
Jul 03, 2013 Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8th-grade-lit
A clearly written guide to the top ten most important aspects of teaching writing. Note that giving students choices for what to do once done with work during independent writing blocks is very important. Make this choices engaging and allow creativity, for example Mad Lib style, articles for blogs, marketing campaigns, etc.
Jun 02, 2012 Sadie rated it it was amazing
Once again, Jeff Anderson has managed to solidify essential strategies that can help me to become a better teacher of writing. Thank you. I was really motivated to continue reading because on every page there was a solid technique or idea that I could take back to my classroom.
JoEllen Mccarthy
Nov 09, 2011 JoEllen Mccarthy rated it it was amazing

As usual loved the tips from one of my favorite mentors. He truly is "the write guy". Must have read for educators. I continue to be inspired by Jeff's work.
I have this book beside me everyday in the classroom, and I hope to have all of our teachers read it in 2014.
Thought-provoking, pragmatic, literary and easy to read!
Aug 30, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it
Angela Garwood
Jul 26, 2012 Angela Garwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! Full of usable lessons and model texts/examples ready to be implemented in the classroom!!
Nov 26, 2011 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Like Jeff's other books, this one is highly practical and readable. Lots of great ideas for teaching writing--and focused around concepts that matter.
Aug 04, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I've been a huge fan of the way Jeff Anderson breaks down writing ever since I read, Mechanically Inclined. This was no different.
Robert Hultman
Aug 28, 2012 Robert Hultman rated it really liked it
Shelves: teacher-books
A great approach to writing from an experienced practioner but nothing revolutionary.
Kevin Weber
Dec 13, 2012 Kevin Weber rated it really liked it
Solid book with practical idea on how to teach secondary students writing. I'm already using some of these ideas with my students.
Dec 19, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Amazing resource!! :)
Krisanne Stewart
Dec 22, 2011 Krisanne Stewart rated it liked it
lots of great ideas!
Michelle rated it it was amazing
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