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Writers Read Better: Nonfiction : 50+ Paired Lessons That Turn Writing Craft Work Into Powerful Genre Reading - M. Colleen Cruz

Writers Read Better: Nonfiction

50+ Paired Lessons That Turn Writing Craft Work Into Powerful Genre Reading

Paperback Published: 22nd October 2018
ISBN: 9781506311234
Number Of Pages: 248

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When It Comes to Reading, Writers Have an Advantage

We know that writing skills reinforce reading skills, but what’s the best way to capitalize on this relationship? By flipping the traditional “reading lesson first, writing lesson second” sequence, Colleen Cruz helps you make the most of the writing-to-reading connection with 30 carefully matched lesson pairs centered around non-fiction texts. Lessons can be implemented either as a complete curriculum or as a supplement to an existing program. 

Complete with suggestions on adapting the lessons to suit the needs of your classroom and individual students, Writers Reader Better offers a solid foundation for giving your students the advantage of transferable literacy skills.

Industry Reviews

Lots of books teach us the reasons why writing matters, yet Colleen adds a new reason to the list: Writing can be a lever that lifts our kids' reading work. And that can happen even when kids are not writing about reading, but are, instead, doing their own important writing work. Once again, Colleen nudges us forward. -- Lucy Calkins
Colleen offers literacy teachers a valuable comprehension instruction "hack": help students get inside the brains of the writers they read by doing the same kind of writing themselves before they read. She argues convincingly that the more students understand how something was made, the better they'll understand it when they encounter it as readers. She doesn't just offer compelling research to prove it; she offers teachers dozens of paired lessons so that students will read and write information texts with more power. The lessons are streamlined to allow students maximum time for practice and application, and to help the busy teacher go from the page to the classroom quickly and almost effortlessly. I encourage all upper elementary and middle school teachers to give these lesson sets a try! -- Jennifer Serravallo
Most professional books on teaching nonfiction focus on teaching writing or reading, but not both. In this unique book, Colleen Cruz shows us how to teach complementary writing and reading lessons that will help students use what they're learning about nonfiction writing to help them become more powerful nonfiction readers. -- Carl Anderson
This book refuels your energy to think about the way you plan and teach reading and writing. Colleen holds strong to the tenets of workshop-choice, voice, and agency-then beautifully blends the lessons and theory with her vast experience in classrooms, new research on writing and reading, and the dance we do with it all now in the digital world. The structure of the book and the lessons are completely accessible for all teachers, the way Colleen believes the learning and craft to be accessible for all students. It's a gamechanger for those looking to augment and reflect on their current workshop model and for those who are going to give it a go. Colleen is with you every step of the way. -- Sara K. Ahmed

List of Videos
Dedication & Acknowledgments
How to Use this book
Part 1
Lessons for Generating IdeasÎ"¶and Interpreting AuthorÎ"-s Purpose
What You Will Find in This Section
When to Use These Lessons
Preparing to Use the Lessons
Lesson 1
Writing: An AuthorÎ"-s Expertise Matters
Reading: Considering the Source
Lesson 2
Writing: Write About What You Take for Granted
Reading: Learning Unexpected things from Familiar Topics
Lesson 3
Writing: The Relationship Between an Author's Passion and Stance
Reading: Identifying an Author's Stance
Lesson 4
Writing: Narrowing Down a Broad Topic
Reading: Understanding Topics and Subtopics
Lesson 5
Writing: The Role of Structure in Informational Texts
Reading: Considering How Choices In Structure Affect Meaning
Lesson 6
Writing: Using Structure to Convey OneÎ"-s Purpose
Reading: Inferring Author's Intent by Noticing Structure
For Digital Classrooms Only
Writing: Choosing the Best Platform for Your Information and Audience
Reading: Knowing the Differences Between Analogue and Digital Reading to Gain insight Into Intentions
Part 2
Lessons for DraftingÎ"¶and Understanding AuthorÎ"-s Craft
What You Will Find in This Section
When to Use the Lessons
Preparing to Use the Lessons
Lesson 7
Writing: Drafting What YouÎ"-re Most Ready to Write
Reading: Spotting WhatÎ"-s Most Important to an Author
Lesson 8
Writing: Structure within Sections: Stacking Information
Reading: Identifying the Way Information is Stacked
Lesson 9
Writing: Drafting with Placeholders for Later Facts
Reading: Using Jots to Note Facts Quickly
Lesson 10
Writing: Taking a Draft Break to Research
Reading: Noticing the Various Ways Authors Use Quotation Marks
Lesson 11
Writing: Drafting with an Audience in Mind
Reading: Noticing the Different Genres of Various Publications on the Same Topic
Lesson 12
Writing: Draft in a Mood or Tone that Matches the Content
Reading: Noticing When the Tone DoesnÎ"-t Match the Topic
Lesson 13
Writing: Drafting to Someone ElseÎ"-s Specifications
Reading: Noticing a PublisherÎ"-s Approach
For Digital Classrooms Only
Writing: Digital informational Writers Have a Special Responsibility to Fact Check
Readers: When you Write with Facts You are Better Able to Identify False Information
Part 3
Lessons for Revising for Power, Craft, Analysis and Critique
What You Will Find in This Section
When to Use These Lessons
Preparing to Use the Lessons
Lesson 14
Writing: Deciding What's Most Important to Revise
Reading: Identifying and Questioning the Author's Values
Lesson 15
Writing: Re-ordering information with Intention
Reading: Noticing the Effect of InformationÎ"-s Placement
Lesson 16
Writing: Exploring How to Weight Information to Signal Import
Reading: Looking at Texts with an Eye to Volume = Importance
Lesson 17
Writing: The Power of Story
Reading: Switching Strategies When Authors Use Story in Expository Text
Lesson 18
Writing: Connections and Disconnections Across Paragraphs and Pages
Reading: Tracing Connections and Disconnections in Transitions
Lesson 19
Writing: Vocabulary's Starring Role in informational Texts
Reading: Expecting and Responding to the Vocabulary of a Subject
Lesson 20
Writing: The Slipperiness of Facts
Reading: Reading with Eyes Wide Open for Bias
For Digital Classrooms Only
Writing: Adding Dimensions to Our Writing Through Multi-Modal Features
Reading: Multi-Modal Readers Prioritize Synthesis
Part 4
Lessons for Preparing for Publication and the Scholarly Study of Texts
What You Will Find in This Section
When to Use These Lessons
Preparing to Use These Lessons
Lesson 21
Writing: First and Last Words: Intros and Conclusions That Attract and Linger
Reading: Studying an Author's First and Last Words
Lesson 22
Writing: Choosing When to Quote, Describe or Summarize
Reading: Identifying Sources and Considering Reliability
Lesson 23
Writing: Creating Text Features to Enhance and Add Information
Reading: Integrating Text Features within and Across Texts
Lesson 24
Writing: Creating Strong Titles and Subtitles
Reading: Titles and Subtitles that Convey Meaning
Lesson 25
Writing: The Many Purposes of Paragraphs
Reading: Seeing Paragraphs as an AuthorÎ"-s Organizational Tool
Lesson 26
Writing: Punctuating with Intention
Reading: Looking Across Texts with an Eye to Punctuation
Lesson 27
Writing: Using Meaning to Make Smart Spelling Decisions
Reading: The Role of Etymology for Readers
Lesson 28
Writing: Making Publishing Decisions Based on the Intended Audience
Reading: Judging the Effectiveness of an Author's Decisions

ISBN: 9781506311234
ISBN-10: 1506311237
Series: Corwin Literacy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 22nd October 2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 18.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1