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Are your students excited about writing? Do you want them to be?
Do you want them to ask for more writing opportunities and assignments? Do you want them to engage in writing tasks more quickly and with more fluency?
The traditional five-step writing process never explicitly teaches students to be fluent in their writing—to be able to write quickly on any topic. Extreme Writing targets precisely that with focused, daily writing sessions that provide students with consistent, long-term engagement. It is designed to appeal to students in grades 4–8, and—best of all—the approach involves little extra work for you.
In The Power of Extreme Writing, author Diana Cruchley not only outlines the process but also describes what it looks like in the classroom, explains how to assess student work, and highlights more than a dozen unique inspirations that motivate students to write.
Extreme Writing: it’s fun, it’s fast, and it works.
(ASCD Arias publication, Premium and Select Member book, Featured Selection, July 2015) 5” x 7 3/4”, 56 pages
Learn how to use the Discourse and Writing Cycle, a highly effective instructional technique that takes the guessing out of the process of teaching writing across different subject areas in grades 4–12. The authors show content area teachers how the process of structured classroom discussion on a carefully chosen text, followed by writing, works in their grades—from upper elementary through high school classes in English language arts, math, science, and social studies—and provide clear models for implementation. Classroom examples and sample lessons make it easier for you to inspire students to become confident and competent writers.
Improving classroom discussion begins with transforming the roles of students and teachers. This guide details crucial teaching practices to help students take a leading role in their learning. Filled with tips, strategies, and examples, this guide can show any teacher how to better help students speak and listen to one another in ways that help them make meaning and increase their understanding.