What You Know by Heart: How to Develop Curriculum for Your Writing Workshop
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What You Know by Heart: How to Develop Curriculum for Your Writing Workshop

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No one can say it better than Lucy Calkins-Katie Ray has written a wise, comforting, intimate book. It goes to the heart of where good ideas for teaching of good writing originate: from yourself and your own experience.

As Katie shows, the most profound and effective curriculum can result from your own deep understanding of quality writing-what you know about writing throug...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 5th 2002 by Heinemann Educational Books (first published June 1st 2002)
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Fantastic book that motivated me to become a better student of writing, which will in turn help me become a better teacher of writing. Essentially, Katie Wood Ray teaches you how to become a better teacher of writing through your experiences: reading, writing, listening to interviews, etc. There are so many insights of writing that she points out that just blew me away. I was shocked (in a good way) about how deep her knowledge of writing goes as she breaks down passages of writing to emphasize...more
When I grow up (as a writer and teacher of writing), I want to be Katie Wood Ray. This book, like her others, is simply wonderful in both content and writing style. Of course, I like the way this book works with writing strategies (not a surprise!). What Ray does in this book that really impresses me is make explicit the bridge between what teachers who write know about writing and what they do with/for students in the classroom--their curriculum. I've never seen that step spelled out so clearly...more
I breezed throught the first half of this book which focused on using your own writing experiences to develop curriculum for writing workshop. The second half of the book discussed using the same process with texts be professional authors to develop curriculum. Overall, it was very useful for me at the point I am at with my own teaching of a writing workshop. It was reaffirming of some of the things I was already doing, but also provided some direction for what I should work on next and support...more
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Jun 28, 2011 Miss Leacock marked it as to-read
When the author discusses the connect phase of process study thinking, where you connect what do you/know as a writer to what other writers do/know, I thought she would say something about how these connections lend you some kind of credibility. Like, "Look, kids, I do this and I just read that so-and-so author does this as well!" If you're able to establish this kind of connection, maybe this will help kids see you as a writer, a I-know-what-I'm-doing kind of writer.
Jan 08, 2010 Krista marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: teachers of writing, and those who want to write
Recommended to Krista by: I lilke anything by Katie Wood Ray
I started this one, but didn't have time to finish it. I think I'd like to buy a copy since it seems like one that I would go back to over and over.
This is the beginning book that every teacher who wants to teach children how to write well needs to buy and use as a guide.
SO GOOD! I love Katie Wood Ray's writing style.
Highly recommend. Basically, practice what you preach and write when you teach writing!
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