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Craft Lessons

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Craft is the cauldron in which the writing gets forged.



Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi argue that too often we concentrate on the beginning and ending of the writing process - conceiving and correcting - while leaving students on their own to make a thousand critical decisions in their writing about crafting leads, voice, structure, supporting detail, setting, mood, and
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Stenhouse Publishers
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Amber Gregg
Feb 19, 2016 Amber Gregg rated it really liked it
"Teach your students to read like writers."

Genre: Education and Teaching.
Number of Pages: 177.

This book is meant to teach information writing in elementary and middle school, but I think that it can also be useful for high school and college English courses. I think that the instructor would just have to take some of the ideas and alter it to fit the age of the student. However, there are many older students that still struggle with the foundations of writing nonfiction, so these lessons are ve
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Tara
Jul 22, 2009 Tara rated it really liked it
I decided to use a sticky note to mark the lessons I'd like to try, only to determine along the way that I sticky noted almost every lesson in the book. At that point I had to come up with a better color-coded system as not to be completely ineffective, hahaha. ;)

The book is segmented into lessons for primary grades and middle grades. Although I'm an 8th grade ELA teacher, I read all of the lessons, (as the introduction suggests), and found that many of the primary grade lessons could be easily
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Monica
Apr 03, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it
A yearly reread for me!
Julie Suzanne
Apr 29, 2009 Julie Suzanne rated it really liked it
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Wow--appropriate, easy-to-follow ideas for minilessons on actually good writing (not at all formulaic). Encourages and inspires a writing workshop environment in your classroom. I'm personally using these lessons during a Personal Narrative writing unit. Having such a unit is indeed contrary to what the authors propose, but it works anyway until I have more of a "writer's workshop" classroom.
Kimberly
Jul 08, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Amazing complementary text to add to your Lucy Calkins collection. What an intelligent teacher of writing Ralph Fletcher is ... we can ALL learn so much from him.
This text is a terrific resource.
Lynn
Apr 24, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it
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I have the second edition published in 2007. Geared to the classroom writing teacher, includes many mini-lesson ideas and how to help students focus and polish their writing pieces. Includes books to use as resources, but most are older titles. There are many more recently published that would be better mentor texts.
Jen
Sep 06, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: language arts teachers
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A great resource for writing teachers. This is not a grammar/editing book. It gives lessons on teaching the craft of writing to students. It is broken up into grade levels. Lessons vary from teaching voice to building the story or creating the setting or building characters.
Jean
Dec 03, 2008 Jean rated it it was amazing
Another practical and useful book for my writing class. The author of Breathing In, Breathing Out teams up with his wife to provide examples of writing lessons for students. Very simple, straightforward and MOST usable... even for adults.
Angela Hutchinson
This has some great ideas for lessons with children.
Jennie Smith
Jul 31, 2011 Jennie Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for great mini lessons for all grade levels... this is just what you need. Some of the ones for younger grades are also adaptable for the upper grades. Ralph Fletcher never lets us down!!
Jolynn
Oct 26, 2009 Jolynn rated it liked it
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Writer's workshop

A collection of mini-lessons to be used with writer's workshop. Although not a stand-alone book for my methods class, I will share it with the students as a possible resource.
Karen
Jul 30, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing
I use this book religiously still... I always find a new way to introduce something non fiction is also as well
Paula
May 12, 2012 Paula rated it liked it
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Practical ideas that are great mini-lessons even in my 8th grade classroom.
Marianne
Sep 09, 2009 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Great craft lessons for the person who is just starting craft lessons.
Erin
Another great classroom resource from Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi.
Koko Nata
Sep 06, 2011 Koko Nata rated it really liked it
i used this book for creative writing class
Nobies57
Aug 31, 2011 Nobies57 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Ralph, thank you, thank you.
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Ralph Fletcher is a friend of young writers and readers as well as writing teachers. He has written or co-authored many books for writing teachers includng Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Teaching the Qualities of Writing, Lessons for the Writer's Notebook, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. Ralph has worked with teachers a ...more
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