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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...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Stenhouse Publishers
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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...more
A yearly reread for me!
Julie Suzanne
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.
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.
Sep 06, 2008 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars 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.
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.
Jennie Smith
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!!
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.
I use this book religiously still... I always find a new way to introduce something non fiction is also as well
Practical ideas that are great mini-lessons even in my 8th grade classroom.
Great craft lessons for the person who is just starting craft lessons.
Another great classroom resource from Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi.
Koko Nata
i used this book for creative writing class
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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