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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.

$18.50

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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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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.

$15.95

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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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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.

$34.95

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What's Next for this Beginning Writer?
Format: Paperback
  • Mini-lessons that take writing from scribbles to script

    What does it take to make a writer?
    Doesn`t reading come first?
    How do I encourage students to write?

    This inspiring book begins by addressing the most common questions teachers ask about teaching writing to very young children. It then offers a step-by-step approach to engaging young students, interpreting student work, identifying what they know, and building naturally on the strengths displayed to develop confident readers and writers. Full of authentic student samples, this comprehensive book also includes tips for keeping parents involved, as well as a list of recommended children`s books.

    *Don`t miss Betty Schultze`s new companion volume, Basic Tools for Beginning Writers.

$23.95

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Worth Writing About: Exploring Memoir with Adolescents
Author: Jake Wizner
Format: Paperback
  • "Who am I?" This is the question that many adolescents ask during the turbulent middle and high school years. In Worth Writing About: Exploring Memoir with Adolescents, Jake Wizner addresses how searching for the answer to this question leads his students to reflection, to reading, and ultimately to deeper, more meaningful writing.

    Based on his experience teaching eighth-grade English for nearly two decades, Jake believes that a well-designed memoir unit not only aligns with the Common Core State Standards but also forges community in the classroom, encourages kids to read nonfiction, and works wonders with students who struggle with their writing -- or with their lives.

    Worth Writing About addresses the most common challenges teachers face when teaching memoir writing: How do you help students who say that nothing interesting has happened in their lives? How do you help students balance what is meaningful with what is too personal to share? How do you help students overcome the "I don't remember" syndrome?

    Jake -- who has published a young-adult novel and often shares his own writing with his students -- also delves into the craft of writing, from using mentor texts to crafting leads and memorable endings. He uses student models from his own classroom to show the deep, important work his students produce during the memoir unit.

    The memoir unit gets kids to write about real stuff -- the things that matter to them. In the process, Jake believes, they learn more about themselves, their relationships, the way they view the world, and how they want to move forward into the future.

$27.95

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Writing Power
Author: Adrienne Gear
Format: Paperback
  • Teaching writing strategies that engage thinking

    This practical and thoughtful resource is a follow up to the ground-breaking Reading Power books, which feature simple strategies for helping students focus on their "thinking" while they read. Teachers already familiar with these books will find this a simple way to link reading and writing instruction. Using the same five thinking strategies -- Connect, Question, Visualize, Infer, and Transform -- young writers will learn how to engage their readers' thinking through their writing.

    Writing Power will guide teachers through a series of lessons focusing on each of the strategies. A wide range of effective writing techniques are outlined and reinforced throughout the book, with suggested "anchor books" for each lesson. The fundamentals of the writing process and the "6 Traits" are integrated into this unique examination of how developing an awareness of the readers' thinking can influence and affect a student's ability to write.

    Coming in October 2011!

$24.95

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Writing Stories
Author: Carolyn Coman
Format: Paperback
  • Ideas, exercises, and encouragement for teachers and writers of all ages

    Award-winning author Carolyn Coman beliees that the essence of good writing, no matter the genre, is the ability to craft a solid story. In this innovative book, Carolyn provides advice, strategies and inspiration focusing on the key elements of stories: character development, plot, voice and dialogue, point of view, and place and time. Full of tips, exercises, and encouragement, this straightforward guide will help make the writing process less intimidating for students and teachers alike.

$23.95

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