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Writing Spaces: Expanding the One-Story House

By Elizabeth Leiknes
Leiknes encourages a fresh perspective on how we approach writing as a process with young authors. Using her own home as an organizing metaphor, she points out ways to clear the cobwebs in prewriting, to try a fresh coat of paint when drafting, to collect tools of the trade for revision, to…
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The How of Writing: First-Graders Learn Craft

By Glorianne Bradshaw
Inspired by the ways upper grade teachers use mentor texts to generate more interesting student writing, Bradshaw uses the Frog and Toad books to teach writing to her first graders, demonstrating sentence variety, show-not-tell, onomatopoeia, the "good beginning," and other techniques. This…
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Mike Rose on Integrating Science and Language Arts in First Grade Using a Culturally Relevant Lens

By Mike Rose
Rose offers an in-depth portrait of a Writing Project teacher integrating the study of science and language arts in her first-grade Baltimore classroom, all while advancing and honoring the cultural knowledge and understanding of her thirty African American students. This chapter,…
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