Because writing matters: improving student writing in our schools

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Jossey-Bass, Feb 18, 2003 - Education - 138 pages
A good writer can effectively present an idea, argue a point, analyze an issue, clarify the confusing, and evoke the intangible. The writing ability children develop in their school and college years is a valuable skill that will last them a lifetime.
"Because Writing Matters" examines the myths and realities surrounding the teaching of writing in schools. This important book reveals how kids learn to write, what schools need to do to teach writing effectively, and shows that effective writing teachers address more than content and skills. Sponsored by the National Writing Project, a nationally recognized organization for teachers, "Because Writing Matters" offers step-by-step recommendations for developing effective writing programs in all grades. Each of the book's action steps is prioritized from the easily achieved to the larger and longer term.
Teaching writing well involves multiple teaching strategies that deal with both process and product, both form and content. This book offers many examples of these effective strategies and classroom practices. In addition, "Because Writing Matters" includes a guide to help educators and administrators analyze and improve writing instruction in their classrooms.
From curriculum and assessment to professional development, this book will provide teachers, parents, administrators, and policy makers with a blueprint for improving writing in their schools.

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This book makes me think long and hard about how I approach teaching writing in my classroom. This is a book for those interested in enacting change in their school and in their classroom. It's a book of ideas, suggestions, and research. Read full review

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32. Because Writing Matters, by Nagin. 102 pages. This is an ed research book I read for some committee work. Excellent text, but only if you teach writing. *** Three stars.


INTRODUCTION Why Writing Matters
Challenges and Expectations
TWO Learning to Write

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The National Writing Project (NWP) is a nationwide professional development program for teachers begun in 1974 at the University of California, Berkeley. Through its extensive network of teachers, the NWP seeks to promote exemplary instruction of writing in every classroom in America.
Carl Nagin is a journalist, editor, and teacher. He has worked for the PBS series Frontline, and his articles have appeared in such national publications as The New Yorker, the New York Times, and Art and Antiques where his writing was nominated for a National Magazine Award. He taught writing at both the high school and college level for more than fifteen years as a faculty member at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music.

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