Imagine having a Newbery Medal-winning author in your classroom as an advisor and a friend, providing personal and practical advice on how to teach writing workshop in the modern-day classroom. With The Write Thing, you can do just that! Kwame Alexander is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Crossover. With more than 10 years of experience conducting writing workshops in schools, Alexander shows how to shake up the "traditional" writing workshop and make writing fun again! His magnetic personality, infectious enthusiasm, and love of teaching come through to inspire all students to write. The Write Thing teaches you how to move students step-by-step from ideas, to drafts, to finished works. Not only will you successfully motivate your students to write, you'll take that motivation one step further by providing guidance on how to create student-driven publications of their work. The confidence students will attain when they see their writing authentically published will be off the charts! The book has three parts: Writing, Publishing, and Presenting. The Writing section features Lessons in Action that teach students to produce writing that is worthy of being published. With a focus on poetry, Alexander's writing workshop uniquely meets the needs of reluctant writers. The Publishing section focuses on how to prepare and print digital and physical copies of students' work. The Presenting section provides suggestions to help students confidently present their poetry and other written pieces. Other exciting features include KwameTime! videos for both teachers and students that bring Alexander into the classroom. Kwame's QuickTips feature easy-to-implement ideas that have worked for Alexander. With an insightful foreword by author Kylene Beers, teacher success stories, and the most helpful appendix ever written, this essential resource will teach you how to tailor writing workshop to meet the particular needs of your students.
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“In this engaging, conversational work based on his immensely popular Book-in-a-Day workshops, Newbery Award winner Alexander invites teachers to use poetry to invigorate their writing instruction. Interwoven throughout are tips, questions, sidebars in which Alexander and educators share their experiences teaching poetry, and more. Teachers will be eager to try out the workshops and transform their students into published authors. Essential for writing teachers, those who collaborate with them, and anyone wanting to breathe new life into a writing program.” –School Library Journal
Kwame Alexander is an educator, poet, and bestselling author. His books include The Crossover, Rebound, Booked, Solo, Out of Wonder, Surf’s Up, and Animal Ark. Alexander has received numerous awards for his work, including the Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize. He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people.