Author Katie Wood Ray discusses the relationship between reading and writing, the subject of this episode of “Inside Writing Communities.” Teacher Christine Sanchez says she always tries to incorporate literature into her lessons. She uses “Farmer Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilder to teach a lesson.
Fourth-grade teacher Cristina Tijerina uses literature to teach students the traits of good writing. Most of the books she uses are geared to ages four through eight, and they allow her to cover word choice, organization, and other concepts.
Kentucky teacher Sheryl Block’s class is working on a unit on writing personal narratives. She discusses using literary models to help her students navigate their own writing process. Fifth-grader Michelle reads her story about performing in a talent show.
New Hampshire teacher Nicole Outsen’s classroom motto is “if you can read it, you can write it.” In Portland, Oregon, Mark Hansen often starts lessons with writing examples that represent a particular style or technique that students may want to emulate.
Credits: Reading/Writing Connections
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Through interviews and classroom footage, this program demonstrates how teachers, including Christine Sanchez, Cristina Tijerina, Sheryl Bock, and Mark Hansen, incorporate works by published authors into their writing instruction.
Length: 29 minutes
Copyright date: ©2007
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