Teaching Writing in Small Groups

Jennifer Serravallo

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Teaching Writing in Small Groups

By Jennifer Serravallo
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Find out how just a few minutes of purposeful, responsive teaching can have a big impact with your students. Jennifer Serravallo’s Teaching Writing in Small Groups details essential practices for optimising groups that help you:
  • value each child’s language and literacy practices
  • develop relationships with your writers
  • teach with efficiency
  • increase student engagement
  • improve independence
  • develop social support amongst students
  • provide space to give and receive feedback.
First, Teaching Writing in Small Groups lays the foundation for success. Jen shows how to create groups for maximum effectiveness and how to make what you teach responsive, clear, and sticky. Then she streamlines differentiated instruction with a menu of small-group options for providing just-right support:
  • strategy lessons
  • guided writing
  • shared writing
  • interactive writing
  • inquiry groups
  • reflection groups
  • coaching writing partnerships and clubs
Jen has thought of it all. Twelve videos with writers from Kindergarten to seventh grade from in-person and online classrooms model each type of small group, downloadable skill-progression note-taking forms provide focus for instructional decision making, and her “Take It to Your Classroom” feature supports implementation for individuals or study groups.


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Table of contents
  • PART I: Writing Small-Group Fundamentals
  • 1. The Case for Small-Group Instruction in Writing
  • 2. Forming Groups
  • 3. Understanding the Principles of Effective Guided Practice
  • PART II: Types of Small Groups
  • 4. Strategy Lessons
  • 5. Guided Writing
  • 6. Shared Writing
  • 7. Interactive Writing
  • 8. Inquiry Groups
  • 9. Reflection Groups
  • 10. Partnerships and Clubs
  • Coaching conference (Grade 1)
  • Strategy lesson (Grade 4)
  • Student-led strategy lessons (Grade 5)
  • Guided writing (Grade 3)
  • Shared writing (Grade 1)
  • Interactive Writing (Kindergarten)
  • Inquiry conference (Grade 4)
  • Inquiry group (Grade 7)
  • Goal-setting conference (Grade 4)
  • Reflection group (Grade 6)
  • Partnership conference (Grade 1)
  • Partnership conference (Grade 4)

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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