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Catch a Falling Writer

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December 2009 | 120 pages | Corwin
'The book pinpoints characteristic behaviors of falling writers and pairs them up with simple-to-use techniques that you can incorporate into your classroom or that parents can use at home with their children to bolster confidence and success' - Karla Bronzynski, First-Grade Teacher, Eldora-New Providence Schools, IA

President, Iowa Reading Association

Catch young writers before they fall through the cracks!

The ideal companion to Connie Hebert's Catch a Falling Reader, this easy-to-use resource helps primary teachers "catch" falling writers before feelings of frustration, defeat, and low confidence develop, making it difficult for children to catch up.

Catch a Falling Writer presents concise approaches for engaging and working with young writers who have challenges with language, vocabulary, fine-motor competency, grammar, diction, correct pencil grip, or letter/sound recognition. Perfect for teachers, literacy specialists and coaches, special education teachers, and student teachers striving to close the gap between reading instruction and writing proficiency, this resource presents:

- Innovative, research-based strategies for engaging students in writing, setting a purpose for writing, and teaching the mechanics of writing

- Strategies that can be used as curriculum supplements to foster independent writing

- Resources and Web sites for further information

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Part I. Engaging in Writing
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Generating Meaningful Discussions
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Scaffolding Ideas for Writing
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Using Wordless Picture Books
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Activating Prior Knowledge
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Modeling HOW to Write
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Creating a Vocabulary "Shopping Cart"
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Motivating With Puppets
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Encouraging Dramatic Expression
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Teaching the Purpose of a Web
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Introducing a Story Frame
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Maintaining a Motivating Writing Center
 
Part II. The Mechanics of Writing
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Correcting the Pencil Grip
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Using a Variety of Tools
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Starting With Unlined Paper and Paper Plates
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Teaching Proper Penmanship Positions
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Attending to Directionality and Spacing
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Correcting Errors
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Articulating Words Aloud
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Tapping, Stomping, and Jumping Words
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Practicing Letter Formations and Sight Words
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Rebuilding Cut-Up Sentences
 
Part III. Creating Independence
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Using Verbal Prompts for Self-Editing
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Offering a Pinch of Praise
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Recording Oral Responses on Sticky Notes
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Offering a Variety of Focus Sheets
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Dealing With Procrastination
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Using a Variety of "Good" Questions
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Adding Art, Music, & Drama
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Connecting Writing With Reading
 
Catch a Falling Writer by...Guiding Writers in Small-Group Instruction
 
Appendix: Focus Sheets
 
Recommended Web Sites, Research, and Texts

"Teachers encounter struggling writers every day. Here’s a great guide with practical advice and lots of wisdom—covering everything from pencil grip to the power of praise—that will lift up struggling writers and their teachers."

Richard Gentry, Researcher, Author, Educational Consultant

“The book pinpoints characteristic behaviors of falling writers and pairs them up with simple-to-use techniques that you can incorporate into your classroom or that parents can use at home with their children to bolster confidence and success.”

Karla Bronzynski, First-Grade Teacher, Eldora-New Providence Schools, IA
President, Iowa Reading Association

“This text is a wonderful reference for teaching writing, with many useful activities.”

Pamela Maslin Sullivan, Assistant Professor
James Madison University

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