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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Chapter 4 Using a Readers Notebook
Genres of Writing About Reading

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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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