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Write This Way Uses Teacher Modeling to Unlock Students' Writing


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Feb. 4, 2015 – Capstone Professional, publisher of professional development resources and services for preK-12 educators, announces the publication of Write This Way: How Modeling Transforms the Writing Classroom, by Kelly Boswell, an educator with years of experience as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and district literacy specialist. Boswell’s new book is a powerful tool in the writing instructor’s arsenal, guiding K-5 teachers on how to model their thinking and processes to strengthen students’ writing skills. As students watch an adult writer think, talk, and write, they develop the skills needed in order to craft text that is both polished and purposeful.

"Chances are, when you learned to tie your shoes, downhill ski, or drive a car, someone showed you how. Someone demonstrated, or modeled, how it was done. Modeling is the key that unlocks a world of possibilities for student writers. When teachers model, they allow students to listen in and notice how a writer thinks and what a writer does. My book invites teachers to tap into the power of modeling to teach writing.Student writers can be transformed when teachers think aloud and write in front of their students each day," said Boswell.

Aligned with the state and national standards, Write This Way offers teachers suggestions of skills to model, with examples of think-alouds and writing samples from teachers and students alike. The book provides tools to use when planning units that span several weeks or mini-lessons for daily instruction, as well as carefully curated lists of mentor texts for writing instruction. It also introduces grade-appropriate writing lessons on opinion, informative/explanatory, and personal narrative texts.

Research has shown how modeling is an effective teaching strategy. Modeled writing experiences can strengthen students’ knowledge of writing behaviors, different types of text, the writing process, story structures, the vocabulary that writers use to talk about writing, and how writing helps us and enriches our everyday life.

"In her new book, Kelly Boswell explains how to integrate modeling into the classroom, and the effects are magical. By watching a teacher model the stages of the writing process, students transform into writers with first-hand knowledge of the celebration, struggle, and planning necessary to craft a piece of writing," said Capstone Professional Acquisitions Editor Karen Soll.

Previews of the book, including the table of contents, introduction, and first chapter are available at:

Write This Way: How Modeling Transforms the Writing Classroom

By Kelly Boswell

ISBN: 978-1-62521-932-9      e-Book ISBN: 978-1-62521-942-8

$24.95 paperback                   $19.95 e-Book

152 pages

Pub Date: February 2015

About the Author

Kelly Boswell has many years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and district literacy specialist. She is passionate about seeing young readers and writers blossom and grow into independent learners. She is the coauthor of Solutions for Reading Comprehension and Crafting Nonfiction and has recently published a series of nonfiction books for children with Capstone. Kelly lives in Montana with her husband and two young sons.

Advance Praise

"This is a must-read for every teacher. It is insightful, beautifully written, and extremely poignant at a time when the Common Core Standards urge us to give students the tools for writing for a variety of purposes in a multitude of forms. Kelly provides us with the scaffolds to achieve these goals. In Chapter 3, Kelly shares 'a little secret' and I’m going to let you in on a secret as well. This book is a rare gem and one that I will constantly revisit to elevate the impact of my own modeling. Kelly, your message is clear: By becoming a constant and reflective writer in front of my students, I am able to not only raise the quality of their writing, but also their joy in picking up the pen and being writers for life. Kelly, you’re a master!" 

-Tony Stead, Educator, Internationally Known Literacy Specialist, and Author


"Kelly Boswell’s Write This Way  fills a gap in teachers’ writing instruction that few authors have even recognized: the importance of teacher modeling as a critical component in helping students to become independent writers. Over the years we’ve become more respectful of writing models, using powerful mentor texts, as examples of the craft we want our young writers to pursue. But we’ve lost sight a bit of how we can make the actual writing process visible to our students. That’s where Kelly Boswell offers the best guidance. And best of all, Kelly delivers her wisdom in such an easy, conversational manner that it’s like you’re sharing a cup of tea alongside someone who just happens to know a whole lot about the teaching of writing, especially the fine art of modeling for aspiring writers. Read and learn and enjoy!"

-Nancy Boyles, author of That's a GREAT Answer!: Teaching Literature-Response Strategies to Elementary, ELL, and Struggling Readers; Constructing Meaning Through Kid-Friendly Comprehension Strategy Instruction; and Teaching Written Response to Text


"Kelly Boswell doesn’t just ‘tell’ us how to transform writing through modeling – she ‘SHOWS’ us by opening an instructional window to illuminate the thinking process that leads to this transformation. In page after exquisite page, Kelly demonstrates how to make children privy to the writing process through explicit models that build a foundation of learning so we can make students active participants in writing experiences that allow them to apply that foundation. Kelly will truly transform your writing classroom into a place of joyful writing and learning!"

- Dr. Mary Howard, author of RTI from All Sides: What Every Teacher Needs to Know, Moving Forward with RTI: Reading and Writing Activities for Every Instructional Setting, and Good to Great Teaching: Focusing on the Literacy Work that Matters



About Capstone Professional

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