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10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know
Author: Jeff Anderson
Format: Paperback
  • Whether writing a blog entry or a high-stakes essay, fiction or nonfiction, short story or argument, students need to know certain essentials in order to write effectively. This straightforward book focuses on developing concepts and application of ten key aspects of good writing -- motio, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter. It provides dozens of strong model texts, both fiction and nonfiction, that will help young writers learn what is possible, and experiment with the strategies professional writers use. The book also provides mini-lessons, mentor texts, writing process strategies, and classroom tips that will motivate students to confidently and competently take on any writing task.

    Coming in October 2011!

$32.95

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Basic Tools for Beginning Writers
Author: Betty Schultze
Format: Paperback
  • How to teach all the skills beginning writers need--from alphabet recognition and spelling to strategies for self-editing and building coherent text

    How to teach all the skills beginning writers need - from alphabet recognition and spelling to strategies for self-editing and building coherent text. Offers teachers strategies for helping children grasp the pencil, print legibly, spell, punctuate, and create sentences that contain complete thoughts and link together logically. Includes background information, lesson ideas, and suggestions for student review, extensions, and modifications that lead to best practices in developing writing consistency.

    (Companion to What's Next for this Beginning Writer.)

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Bound to Have Blood: Frontier Newspapers and the Plains Indian Wars
Author: John Reilly
Format: Paperback
  • The Plains Indian Wars were always front-page news in frontier newspapers, and it was to such local newspapers that the public invariably turned for information about the fighting. The vivid, colorful accounts there captivated the nation—and in hindsight reveal much about the attitudes and prejudices of the public and the press.
    Bound to Have Blood takes readers back to the late nineteenth century to show how newspaper reporting influenced attitudes about the conflict between the United States and Native Americans. Emphasizing primary sources and eyewitness accounts, Bound to Have Blood focuses on eight watershed events between 1862 and 1891: the Great Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, the Sand Creek massacre, the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the flight of the Nez Perce, the Cheyenne outbreak, the trial of Standing Bear, and the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890 and its aftermath. Each chapter examines an individual event, analyzing the balance and accuracy of the newspaper coverage and how the reporting of the time reinforced stereotypes about Native Americans.

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Defying Maliseet Language Death: Emergent Vitalities of Language, Culture, and Identity in Eastern Canada
Format: Hardcover
  • Published through the Recovering Languages and Literacies of the Americas initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
    Today, indigenous communities throughout North America are grappling with the dual issues of language loss and revitalization. While many communities are making efforts to bring their traditional languages back through educational programs, for some communities these efforts are not enough or have come too late to stem the tide of language death, which occurs when there are no remaining fluent speakers and the language is no longer used in regular communication. The Maliseet language, as spoken in the Tobique First Nation of New Brunswick, Canada, is one such endangered language that will either be revitalized and survive or will die off.
    Defying Maliseet Language Death is an ethnographic study by Bernard C. Perley, a member of this First Nation, that examines the role of the Maliseet language and its survival in Maliseet identity processes. Perley examines what is being done to keep the Maliseet language alive, who is actively involved in these processes, and how these two factors combine to promote Maliseet language survival. He also explores questions of identity, asking the important question: “If Maliseet is no longer spoken, are we still Maliseet?” This timely volume joins the dual issues of language survival and indigenous identity to present a unique perspective on the place of language within culture.

$68.95

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Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples
Format: Paperback
  • Elements of Indigenous Style offers Indigenous writers and editors—and everyone creating works about Indigenous Peoples—the first published guide to common questions and issues of style and process. Everyone working in words or other media needs to read this important new reference, and to keep it nearby while they’re working.

    This guide features:

    • Twenty-two succinct style principles.
    • Advice on culturally appropriate publishing practices, including how to collaborate with Indigenous Peoples, when and how to seek the advice of Elders, and how to respect Indigenous Oral Traditions and Traditional Knowledge.
    • Terminology to use and to avoid.
    • Advice on specific editing issues, such as biased language, capitalization, and quoting from historical sources and archives.
    • Case studies of projects that illustrate best practices.

    Reviews
    "Style is fraught with politics, especially when writing about Indigenous Peoples. Now, writers, academics, journalists, publishers, and students can breathe a sigh of relief. Reach for this essential Indigenous style guide, not only when searching for the right word, but when seeking guidance on the importance of relationships and trust." - Duncan McCue, CBC Radio Host and author of The Shoe Boy

    "Elements of Indigenous Style is a beautiful beginning, a gathering place and a cultivator of both discussion and growth. Younging’s work clears the ground, drafts the blueprints and starts the framing out on the house that we need for our stories. At the same time, Younging manages to write both solid and grounded guidelines while leaving malleability in the architecture so that the ideas can grow and evolve. And we are all invited to share, discuss, add to, and cultivate this important work." - Cherie Dimaline, author and winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award

    Educator Information
    This book would be useful for the following courses and/or areas of studies: Indigenous Studies, Canadian Literature, Language Arts, English, Media Studies, Education, Journalism, Editing and Proofreading, Social Science/Ethnic Studies, and Composition and Creative Writing.

    Additional Information
    168 pages | 5.50" x 7.50"

Authentic Canadian Content
$19.95

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Feathers of Freedom
Author: Sharon Bannon
Format: Paperback
  • Reading and writing are tools that can empower your mind and your life. They can help you become independent and self-reliant. The learning materials in Feathers of Freedom consist of legends and their teachings. There are also short biographies of some dynamic Aboriginal people that have helped to make our lives better.

    Good writing skills help you to convey your thoughts much clearer and will give more meaning to your writing.



    Embracing the holistic approach to literacy, this workbook incorporates spiritual teachings with reading and writing fundamentals and exercises.

    This literacy workbook focuses on issues and concerns that may be relevant to Aboriginal inmates and parolees of correctional institutions.

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How Do I Get Them to Write?: Explore the Reading-Writing Connection Using Freewriting and Mentor Texts to Motivate and Empower Students
Author: Karen Filewych
Format: Paperback
  • This remarkable book shows teachers how to inspire students to learn to write and write to learn. Committed to the premise that all students can learn to write with appropriate teaching, modelling, and practice, it argues that reading and writing go hand in hand.

    Through reading, writing and the inevitable discussions that follow, students learn from the experiences of others, open their minds to many possibilities, gain a glimpse into new worlds, make connections to their lives, and reflect on their own choices and learning.

    This practical book shows you how to use freewriting and powerful mentor texts to create classrooms where students enjoy putting pencil to paper and taking the necessary risks to grow and flourish as writers.

    Educator Information
    Grade Range: K-6

    Additional Information
    160 pages | 8.40" x 10.80"

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Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing Grades 3-8
Format: Paperback
  • This timely book shows teachers how to bring students on board with the “writingest” generation in history. The minilessons in this practical book go beyond grammar, spelling, and conventions to focus on comprehensive written communication as one of the essential skills for success. These fresh minilessons explore how to help students go beyond fuzzy thinking and generic voice and help them organize their thinking, solve problems, identify key ideas, and reflect on different perspectives. The book argues that writing is important to help students communicate ideas to others, as well as document their own thoughts. This buffet of minilessons gives you ideas to add to your teaching repertoire so you can help your students’ work shine a little brighter.

    Additional Information
    144 pages | 8.30" x 10.80"

$24.95

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Mentor Texts
Format: Paperback
  • Mentor Texts

    Teaching writing through children`s literature, K-6

    This intriguing book is organized around the traits of good writing — focus, content, organization, style, and conventions — and includes:

    mentor texts that can be used to scaffold student work
    student writing samples that demonstrate how students take risks
    teacher writing samples that show the power of teacher as writer
    a comprehensive, annotated list of children`s literature, with specific suggestions for teaching points

    This practical guide demonstrates the power of learning to read like writers. It shows both teachers and students how to notice what authors do, and how to use that knowledge to inform their own writing.

    *Don`t miss the new companion text, Nonfiction Mentor Texts.

$31.95

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Nonfiction Writing Power
Author: Adrienne Gear
Format: Paperback
  • Writing nonfiction is an important skill that students will need throughout their school lives and beyond. This remarkable book is designed to help teachers develop a writing program that focuses on the different forms of nonfiction. It shows teachers how to help students recognize that they write because they have something to say; that to write well means considering intent and purpose, and choosing the most appropriate form of expression. Practical and comprehensive, this fourth book in Adrienne Gear's literacy "Powers" series will help teachers work with students to explore their Nonfiction Writing Powers: to Describe, to Instruct, to Compare, to Persuade, to Explain, and to Report. Ideal support for teaching writing in the content areas, the book includes methods for linking to Science, Social Studies, and other subject areas.

$24.95

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Real Revision
Author: Kate Messner
Format: Paperback
  • Authors' strategies to share with student writers

    Real Revision demystifies the revision process for teachers and students alike and provides tried-and-true revision strategies, field-tested by more than thirty of students' favourite authors. This unique book illustrates:
    how authors use research, brainstorming, and planning as revision tools how they revise to add detail and make characters stronger how students can use those same techniques for all kinds of writing in the classroom

    The book features dozens of reproducible "mentor author" pages with quotes from authors about their revision processes, and includes related classroom-ready activities.

$27.95

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Roots of Survival
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
  • As the preeminent Native American storyteller today, Joseph Bruchac has helped to bring the wisdom of Native stories to a widespread audience. Here for the first time he offers his thoughts on the power of these stories, how they have influenced his own life, and how they may help us navigate with hope into the coming century.

$27.50

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So, You Want To Be a Writer?
Format: Paperback
  • For any kid who wants to see their writing in print, So, You Want To Be a Writer? gives them everything they need to write, polish, publish, and promote their work. It also includes information about online opportunities and self publishing

$11.99

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Teach Writing Well: How to Assess Writing, Invigorate Instruction, and Rethink Revision
Author: Ruth Culham
Format: Paperback
  • Ask successful writers and they’ll tell you, the key to writing well is revision. Ask elementary school teachers and they’ll tell you, the real challenge of writing instruction is teaching kids how to revise. Ruth Culham is both a successful writer and a writing teacher, and she’s discovered how to teach writing and revision in a way that’s accessible to both teacher and students: First read the writing, assess it using the traits of writing, then teach the writers and guide revision decisions using traits as a common language and map.

    This book shows you how to assess and teach writing in a way that’s practical and doable—and best of all, see results. Traits-based revision lies at the heart of this book, as it’s been at the heart of Ruth’s career in writing instruction. Rethinking revision is what will ultimately help you to Teach Writing Well.

    Educator Information
    Part 1 walks you through the traits of writing and their key qualities, showing step by step how to read students’ writing and offer feedback that nudges them forward through the revision process. Chapters will help you address challenges students face within each mode of writing (narrative, expository, persuasive), and provide tools young writers can use to evaluate their own writing and make revision decisions accordingly.

    Part 2 dives into instruction, offering specific guidance for how to use what you’ve learned from reading student writing to design lessons that scaffold students toward making their own craft decisions and revisions. In addition, there’s an entire chapter devoted to mentor texts that you can use to model traits and key qualities for your students.

    Grade Range: 2-6

    Additional Information
    224 pages

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That's Raven Talk: Holophrastic Readings of Contemporary Indigenous Literatures
Author: Mareike Neuhaus
Format: Paperback
  • “That’s Raven Talk”: Holophrastic Readings of Contemporary Indigenous Literatures is the first comprehensive study of North American Indigenous languages as the basis of textualized orality in Indigenous literatures in English. Drawing on a significant Indigenous language structure—the holophrase (one-word sentence)— Neuhaus proposes “holophrastic reading” as a culturally specific reading strategy for orality in Indigenous writing. In readings of works by Ishmael Alunik (Inuvialuit), Alootook Ipellie (Inuit), Richard Van Camp (Dogrib), Thomas King (Cherokee), and Louise Bernice Halfe (Cree), she demonstrates that (para)holophrases—the various transformations of holophrases into English-language discourse—textualize orality in Indigenous literatures by grounding it in Indigenous linguistic traditions. Neuhaus’s discussion
    points to the paraholophrase, the functional equivalent of the holophrase, as a central discourse device in Indigenous writing and as a figure of speech in its own right. Building on interdisciplinary research, this groundbreaking study not only links oral strategies in Indigenous writing to Indigenous rhetorical sovereignty, but also points to ancestral language influences and Indigenous rhetoric more generally as areas for future research.

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