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Teaching the Story 2nd Edition
Teaching the Story 2nd Edition
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Maupin House

Teaching the Story 2nd Edition

Finally, a book of mini-lessons that takes the mystery out of teaching creative writing to students in grades four through eight! Teaching students the craft of short story writing is a great way to challenge them and channel their creative energy into a written format. But writing fiction is more than strictly creative—it will also help your students prepare for standardized testing and for writing academically. As students move through the process of brainstorming thoughts to writing a cohesive story, they will learn the importance of planning and writing in a logical, sequential manner. In addition, your students will critique their own and their peers’ writing, so these lessons will develop their critical-thinking skills as they analyze and evaluate. This edition includes almost twenty new lessons that infuse technology into the writing process and allow for more differentiation and personalization in your classroom. These lessons will inspire even the most reluctant writers by directly connecting writing to their lives through the technology and tools that matter to them—wikis, digital media, virtual worlds, and more. Flexibility remains the foundation of Baldwin’s approach, allowing you to spend as much or as little time as you want on this unit. Support is included for students who want to write a sports, science fiction/ fantasy, mystery, or historical story.

Page Count144
SeriesMaupin House
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Book News Inc. Portland

""This guide to teaching writing to students in grades four through eight provides mini-lessons on all aspects of the writing process, from the basic elements of a story to editing and revising. Sixteen new lessons are added to this edition, which connect technology with the writing process—using wikis, podcasts, and digital media, for example—and allow for more differentiation and personalization, in addition to expanding instruction. New activities have been added for the upper-elementary grades to reflect the increase in testing on the narrative in many states. The guide comes with a CD that contains about 70 transparency masters and reproducibles, along with 18 new student stories and a new how-to section on using technologies. No index is provided. Baldwin is a freelance writer who has developed the book from materials she has used in different classrooms." -Book News Inc. Portland, OR ©2009" - Book News Inc. Portland - Wendy Thomas

""Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8 is one of the most effective and engaging books I have ever seen on how to teach creative writing to young students. With a gentle and yet authoritative hand, author Carol Baldwin brilliantly leads student through such topics as: Discussing the Basics, Creating a Character, Setting the Scene, Developing the Plot, Writing the First Draft, and Editing and Revising. Developed as an instructional guide, Baldwin guides the teacher through detailed, organized and clear lessons that help students learn the craft of short fiction, foster critical-thinking skills to carry those skills over into informational writing. Baldwin does this in part by introducing genres that kids love including: sci-fi/fantasy, history, sports, and mystery. Each lesson keeps the student audience in mind though its use of kid friendly and genuinely interesting examples. The book also comes with a CD that allows for course personalization and adds an element of new technology "coolness" to the course by connecting the students’ writing through wikis, digital media, and podcasts....An impressive and clearly written guide, Baldwin manages to move the teaching of creative story writing from intimidating to fun and productive." -Wendy Thomas," -

Carol Baldwin

Carol Baldwin

Carol Baldwin is a freelance writer in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has written for a variety of local and national publications. Baldwin developed Teaching the Story from materials that she taught in several different classrooms. She is active in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and presents at educational conferences and workshops nationwide. You can contact Carol Baldwin through Maupin House Publishing for in-service training and conference speaking.

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