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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
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 5th 2002 by Heinemann Educational Books (first published June 1st 2002)
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Coley Adkins
Jul 24, 2016 Coley Adkins rated it really liked it
What You Know by Heart by Katie Woods Ray is a terrific book about developing curriculum for writer’s workshop. To me, a simple summary of this book can be ascertained through this quote from the book where Wood’s states: “The curriculum is woven into the very fabric of every story we tell, every example we give, and every interaction we have with students around writing in our classrooms” (pg. 70) This basically parallels our learning from this semester. Within the book there are two main discu ...more
Jun 24, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
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
May 13, 2011 Deborah rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 22, 2008 jacky rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2010 Susan 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.
Mar 12, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I am only one chapter in, but as a reader of Katie Wood Ray's previous books, I have to say, I love each one more and more. I can't wait to share this book with the teachers in my writing class! Love you Katie!
Feb 24, 2013 Dayla rated it it was amazing
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.
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I liked this book, though I found it a bit longwinded at times...
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.
Dec 20, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD! I love Katie Wood Ray's writing style.
Nov 21, 2008 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend. Basically, practice what you preach and write when you teach writing!
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