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Lessons That Change Writers [with Binder]

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In Lessons That Change Writers, Nancie has narrowed and deepened her conversation with teachers, to focus on the minilesson as a vehicle for helping students improve their writing. She shares over a hundred of these writing lessons which are described by her students as "the best of the best." The lessons fall into the following four categories that provide the structure f ...more
Hardcover, 1080 pages
Published September 26th 2002 by Firsthand Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Catherine
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Atwell has created the perfect book for new teachers: she presents her personal scripts (rather than just lesson plans), her handouts, and her rationale for everything she does. Reading it really helped me think about how I will want to organize activities in my classroom. This book presents her lessons about memoir, short fiction, poetry, essays, and writing generally. You can read the lessons in the order they are presented (thematically), or you can follow the chronological order in which she ...more
Mrs. Krajewski
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found some great ideas for workshop lessons.
Kate Chambers
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lessons That Change Writers Lessons with 3-Ring Binder With Three Ring Binder Full of Lessons by Nancie Atwell Lessons That Change Writers by Nancie Atwell is a great resource for secondary ELA teachers. The book begins with an introduction, description of the conditions of a writing workshop, explanation of the expectations and rules for writing workshop, mini-lesson basics, a chronology of the mini-lessons throughout the year, and then a detailed collection of 76 of Atwell's tried and true mini-lessons. Atwell breaks the mini-lessons up into four sections- lessons about topics, lessons about principl ...more
Julie
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is invaluable to me for my upcoming writing workshop. I am very inspired by her ideas.
The Reading Countess
I'm Nancie Atwell's number one fan. Having used her In the Middle and Naming the World for years (autographed by her when I interned at her school in 2008), I knew how teacher-friendly and powerful her books were. She "gets" teachers because she IS one. She's not one of those professional book authors who has forgotten how hard it is to get into the muck of things and sully your hands. So when I decided to take the (financial) plunge on Lessons That Change Writers (having mooned over it for enti ...more
Beth
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read Atwell's In the Middle: New Understanding About Writing, Reading, and Learning three years ago and it changed my beliefs and procedures for teaching English drastically. My English class is modeled off of that book, and so I was thrilled when I found Lessons That Change Writers because it gave me an opportunity to look inside Atwell's head and classroom to see the specific lessons she uses, down to the script and handouts. For busy teachers who don't have the time to go do the research t ...more
Sean
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cannot get enough; though Attwell teaches middle school in the North Eastern USA, her lessons are easily adaptable to both higher and lower grades. It is amazing to be able to ditch the textbook for the most part and use a lesson that a consummate professional (not an ivory tower academician) has created and used and tested for many years. Were I in charge of a BEd program, she would be compulsory reading- and practice. My students continue to gain a great deal through my use of her materials.
Erika  Forth
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
A whole year's worth of writing workshop mini-lessons! I found tons of great lessons I am going to use in my classroom. Each lesson tells you Atwell's thoughts behind it, a narrative of how to do the lesson, and reproducibles and student examples (If you get the accompanying binder). Aimed at the middle school level, but would work just as well for high school.
Anna
Mar 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teachers of writing
Recommended to Anna by: the lead literacy teacher at my school
I've been using this book to teach some Writing Workshop mini-lessons to my language arts classes. I think it's really useful because each section is written as a lesson, so you can use it directly in your instruction. I think it's pretty relevant and imagine that I will continue to use it in the future.

Also, the accompanying resource kit/binder is fantastic. Lots of transparencies!
Pam
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying using this book in my Teaching Composition course this semester. It has me writing-- for FUN!-- again!!!
Debbie
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This binder has a wealth of minilessons that can immediately be used in the classroom to strengthen your writing workshop program.
Alicia
I went to a conference to see Nanci Atwell talk about this book before I read it. I am really excited to use it to improve my curriculum for my struggling Sophomores.
Heather
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I must have for any English teacher. I can't teach without this one.
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