The Writing Strategies Book

Jennifer Serravallo

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The Writing Strategies Book

By Jennifer Serravallo
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The Reading Strategies Book made the New York Times Best Seller List by making it simpler to match students' needs to high-quality instruction. Now, in The Writing Strategies Book, Jen Serravallo does the same, collecting 300 of the most effective strategies to share with writers, and grouping them beneath 10 crucial goals.

“You can think of the goals as the what, “writes Jen, “and the strategies as the how.” From composing with pictures all the way to conventions and beyond, you’ll have just-right teaching, just in time. With Jen's help you'll:

  • develop individual goals for every writer
  • give students step-by-step strategies for writing with skill and craft
  • coach writers using prompts aligned to a strategy
  • present mentor texts that support a genre and strategy
  • adjust instruction to meet individual needs with Jen’s Teaching Tips
  • demonstrate and explain a writing move with her Lesson Language
  • learn more with Hat Tips to the work of influential teacher–authors.
She even offers suggestions for stocking your writing center, planning units of study, celebrating student writing, and keeping records.

“I am convinced that helping kids to articulate clear goals for their work,” writes Jen Serravallo, “and supporting them with strategies and feedback to accomplish those goals, makes a huge difference.” With The Writing Strategies Book you can make that kind of difference with your writers every day.

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Table of contents
  1. Composing with Pictures
  2. Engagement: Independence, Increasing Volume, and Developing a Writing Identity
  3. Generating and Collecting Ideas
  4. Focus/Meaning
  5. Organization and Structure
  6. Elaboration
  7. Word Choice
  8. Conventions: Spelling and Letter Formation
  9. Conventions: Grammar and Punctuation
  10. Collaborating with Writing Partners and Clubs

Jennifer Serravallo’s resources are built to help identify and address reading and writing needs using strategies suited to individual students.

All the resources can work together or separately, to help teachers create classrooms where students are joyfully engaged and the instruction is meaningfully individualised to students' goals.


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