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Deeper Writing
Quick Writes and Mentor Texts to Illuminate New Possibilities

Foreword by Franki Sibberson



January 2013 | 232 pages | Corwin
Deeper Writing: Prompting New Writing Possibilities is directly aligned to key English learning core standards and will be a valuable tool for teachers working with young writers. The book provides simple and flexible, yet provocative, writing ideas that can be used with all levels of writers. These prompts are not the typical one-line story starters or formulaic fill-in the blank activities, but are designed to lead to substantive, meaningful writing and foster reflection on a variety of relevant and thought-provoking topics.

Included with each prompt are carefully chosen mentor texts that model the possible shapes and forms writing might take and stimulate individual reflection and writing. This book will support teachers as they strive to make writing workshop, journaling and all aspects of writing instruction more meaningful, and to provide opportunities for substantive engagement for their students.

 
Acknowledgments
 
Foreword by Franki Sibberson
 
Preface
 
Introduction: Deeper Writing With Quick Writes and Mentor Texts
 
Chapter 1 Knowledge and Memory: Writing Ourselves
 
Chapter 2 Art, Lenses, and Visions: Writing the World We See
 
Chapter 3 Passion, Power, and Purpose: Writing to Change the World
 
Chapter 4 Containers, Craft, and Conventions: Writing in Different Genres
 
Chapter 5 The Creation of a Quick Write: Developing Your Own
 
References
 
Literature Cited
 
Index

"This text allows teachers and students to experience the pleasures and joys of finding meaning in... writing. Such "digging deeper" can be rare in a writing-on-demand culture. The prompts are versatile enough to allow for use in a wide variety of classrooms, from primary-grades to graduate school."

Peggy Semingson, Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies
College of Education, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Texas at Arlington

"Here are the resources you would collect if you had months to search for them. Robin shows how each can be used to help students find satisfying topics and then develop those by studying the craft of other writers. This book will inspire you to write—and lead your students to write—with heart, with passion, and with increasing skill."

Penny Kittle, Author of Write Beside Them and Book Love
Conway, NH

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