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David Campos & Kathleen Fad
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We have a writing crisis on our hands. National results reveal that only about a quarter of 8th and 12th grade students in the United States have reached grade-level proficiency. Their scores reveal that far too many students aren't ready for college or prepared to meet the writing demands of the 21st century workplace.
Students struggle with writing for the simple reason that it is remarkably complex. Writing is a lengthy process; demands intense concentration; and requires attention to countless rules, conventions, and traits. In short, the patience and dedication necessary can be overwhelming.
The strategies and tools presented in this book target struggling writers in grades 3–8 (in any classroom around the world) and teachers with limited time.
Campos and Fad describe eight traits that lead to writing success: focus, coherence, organization, development of ideas, voice, word choice, conventions, and presentation. With a solid understanding of these traits, students are firmly positioned on the road to mastery.
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This book will help teachers teach writing to students with diverse learning styles, and the powerful tools presented are aligned with national standards and can be used immediately in lesson planning.
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"Tools for Teaching Writing is a superb supplementary resource, highly recommended for elementary, middle grade, and junior high educators everywhere."
—Midwest Book Review, November 2014
DAVID CAMPOS began his career in education over 20 years ago when he started teaching 2nd grade. He later entered graduate school, taught ESL, and worked in corporate training and development. He earned his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in learning disabilities and behavior disorders. His first job in academia was at Roosevelt University (Chicago), where he was an assistant professor in the College of Education. After earning rank and tenure, he became Associate Professor of Education at the University of the Incarnate Word, where he has supervised student teachers and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, multicultural education, and instructional design and delivery.
KATHLEEN MCCONNELL FAD is an author and consultant from Austin, Tex. Fad's professional experience has spanned over 30 years as a general education teacher, special education teacher, university professor, author, and independent consultant. Her specialty is designing practical, common-sense strategies that are research based. She has coauthored numerous books, articles, and assessment instruments.
beginning writing | critical thinking | student achievement | writing | writing in the content areas
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