Writing about Reading: From Book Talk to Literary Essays, Grades 3-8

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Heinemann, 2003 - Education - 149 pages
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Janet Angelillo introduces us to an entirely new way of thinking about writing about reading. She shows us how to teach students to manage all the thinking and questioning that precedes their putting pen to paper. More than that, she offers us smarter ways to have students write about their reading that can last them a lifetime. She demonstrates how students' responses to reading can

  • start in a notebook, in conversation, or in a read aloud
  • lead to thinking guided by literary criticism
  • reflect deeper text analysis and honest writing processes
  • result in a variety of popular genres--book reviews, author profiles, commentaries, editorials, and the literary essay.
She even includes tools for teaching-day-by-day units of study, teaching points, a sample minilesson, and lots of student examples-plus chapters on yearlong planning and assessment.

Ensure that your students will be readers and writers long after they leave you. Get them enthused and empowered to use whatever they read-facts, statistics, the latest book--as fuel for writing in school and in their working lives. Read Angelillo.

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User Review  - Shannon Clark - Goodreads

I can say that this book has TOTALLY changed my way of thinking on writing about reading!!!!!!!!!!! The premise behind it is that you have to scaffold your students with their writing about reading ... Read full review

Review: Writing about Reading: From Book Talk to Literary Essays, Grades 3-8

User Review  - Erika Forth - Goodreads

Had to return to the library before I could finish it. :( I will be purchasing this book though, because it's a phenomenal resource! It really helped me prepare my teaching demo on book reviews for my National Writing Project site. Read full review

Contents

Thinking and Talking About Texts
19
Using a Readers Notebook
49
The Literary Essay
80
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

JANET ANGELILLO is a literacy consultant who has worked throughout the US and Canada. She was a senior staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and worked beside teachers in New York City schools and the surrounding suburbs. She has taught advanced sections and given keynote addresses at both the Teachers College Summer Institutes and other institutes around the country, and she has presented at many conferences, including NCTE and the New York State Reading Association. A classroom teacher for many years, Janet taught upper grades and middle school in NYC and the suburbs. She is a doctoral student at Teachers College, and the author of several articles on writing, as well as two books, Writing About Reading: From Book Talk to Literary Essays in Grades 3-8 (Heinemann), and A Fresh Approach to Teaching Punctuation: Helping Young Writers Use Conventions with Precision and Purpose (Scholastic).

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