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Essential Ingredients: Recipes for Teaching Writing
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About This Book
Looking for ways to make the teaching of writing fresh? Invite your students to use the approaches in Essential Ingredients: Recipes for Teaching Writing. This book offers suggestions for writing that are appropriate across the curriculum and for students in grades K–12. Sandra Worsham treats experienced and new writing teachers to a feast of ideas for enlivening students’ writing experiences, including an innovative use of the helping circle. Explore the differences between what the author calls “school” writing and “real” writing and learn to make both forms work for students.
Worsham distills the qualities of successful writing, which she says must
To authenticate the suggestions, Worsham’s book includes several of her mother’s recipes and stories from her childhood—giving us a chance to experience the qualities of successful writing as we learn to teach it to our students.
Student writing samples from actual assignments illustrate key points. A chapter on creating a warm classroom atmosphere gives practical tips on enhancing writing in a collaborative setting. In addition, writing assignments that work across the disciplines guarantee that Essential Ingredients is useful not only for writing teachers, but for all teachers who use writing as part of their curriculum.
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About the Author
SANDRA WORSHAM A classroom teacher of 30 years, with both gifted and at-risk students, Sandra Worsham presents workshops to writing teachers all over the country. She was Georgia's 1982 Teacher of the Year, a 1992 Milken National Educator, and is a member of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. In addition to her work with students grade 9 through 12, Worsham has conducted more than 100 workshops with elementary and middle school students and their teachers.
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