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Making Powerful Writing Happen Day to Day: Lessons that Work

Making Powerful Writing Happen Day to Day: Lessons that Work

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Chapter 5 of Laura Robb's latest book, teaching Middle School Writers: What Every English Teacher Needs to Know. In this chapter Laura explains how to engage students on a daily basis to find unique opportunities for interesting writing topics. Unique things to write about can be found on a daily basis, and in this chapter Laura Robb explains how.
Chapter 5 of Laura Robb's latest book, teaching Middle School Writers: What Every English Teacher Needs to Know. In this chapter Laura explains how to engage students on a daily basis to find unique opportunities for interesting writing topics. Unique things to write about can be found on a daily basis, and in this chapter Laura Robb explains how.

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Laura Robb
FOREWORD BY
 JIM BURKE
What  Every EnglishTeacher  Needs to Know
 
Teaching 
 
MiddleSchool 
 Writers
 
HEINEMANNPortsmouth, NH
 
Heinemann
361 Hanover StreetPortsmouth, NH 03801–3912www.heinemann.com
Ofces and agents throughout the world 
© 2010 by Laura RobbAll rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanicalmeans, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from thepublisher, except by a reviewer, who may quote brief passages in a review, with the exception of repro-ducible pages, which are identied by the
Teaching Middle School Writers
copyright line and can bephotocopied for classroom use only.“Dedicated to Teachers” is a trademark of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.The author and publisher wish to thank those who have generously given permission to reprint borrowedmaterial:“She Sweeps with Many-Colored Brooms”; “The Morns Are Weaker Than They Were”; and “His Bill AnAuger Is” from
The Poems o Emily DIckinson
edited by Thomas H. Johnson. Copyright © 1951, 1955,1979, 1983 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Published by Harvard University Press.Reprinted by permission of the publisher.“Merry-Go-Round” from
The Collected Poems o Langston Hughes
by Langston Hughes, edited byArnold Rampersad and David Roessel, Associate Editor. Copyright © 1995. Published by Random House,Inc. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.“Jigs” and “Hoop Lessons” from
Connecting Dots: Poems o My Journey 
by David L. Harrison. Text copy-right © 2004 by David L. Harrison. Published by Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc. Reprintedby permission of Boyds Mills Press, Inc.“Funeral” from
Marshfeld Dreams: When I Was a Kid 
by Ralph Fletcher. Copyright © 2005 by RalphFletcher. Published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC. Reprinted by permission of the publisher andMarian Reiner.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Robb, Laura.Teaching middle school writers : what every English teacher needs to know / Laura Robb.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN-13: 978-0-325-02657-2ISBN-10: 0-325-02657-21. English language—Composition and exercises—Study and teaching (Middle school). I. Title.LB1631.R539 2010808
.0420712—dc22 2009052338
Editor: Wendy Murray Production: Elizabeth Valway Cover and interior designs: Night & Day DesignInside cover photography: Bonnie JacobsDVD production/direction: Kevin CarlsonComposition and interior design: House o Equations, Inc.Manuacturing: Steve Bernier 
Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper14 13 12 11 10 ML 1 2 3 4 5
 
Contents
Foreword
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Acknowledgments
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Introduction
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Chapter 1
: Narrowing the Gulf Between Writing for School and Writing for Self
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Chapter 2
: Improving Students’ Creative and Analytic Writing
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Chapter 3
: Using Mentor Texts to Arrive at Compelling Reasons to Write
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Chapter 4:
Making Powerful Writing Happen Day to Day: Routines that Work
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Chapter 5
: Making Powerful Writing Happen Day to Day: Lessons that Work
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Chapter 6
: Setting Criteria, Revising, and Editing
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Chapter 7
: Conferring: Answering Middle Schoolers’ Need to Collaborate
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Chapter 8
: Writing Conferences in Action
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Chapter 9
: Analytical Exchanges Online: Blogs and Beyond
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Conclusion
: Making It Your Own
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A Statistical Analysis of the National Survey
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Appendices
A
. Katherine Paterson’s Writing Plans for
Bridge to Terabithia
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B
. Jean Van Leeuwen’s Writing Plans for
Cabin on Trouble Creek 
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Works Cited
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Index
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