HollyinNNV Posted July 25, 2008 Share Posted July 25, 2008 Tina in Ouray mentioned a few books she would be using to teach writing. I'm not usually so impulsive, but I immediately went and bought The Writer's Workshop: Imitating Your Way to Better Writing by Gregory L. Roper. http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Workshop-Imitating-Better-Writing/dp/1933859334 I am so glad that I bought it! I am going to use it with my high school writing/lit class. These students have studied writing with me for up to 5 years (some less than that-but the core group is 5 years). The book is exactly what I was looking for! Strengths: 1. Clear instructions written for the students. However, it does not talk down to them either. 2. The challenges build throughout the book gradually. 3. Many of the assignments are multi-step, rather than throwing great chunks at the kids. 4. The authors imitated are GREAT authors and/or the selections are from great works: Dickens, Hemingway, the Bible, Thomas Aquinas, and Cicero and a speech of Sojourner Truth. 5. There are examples of how students actually accomplished the exercises. 6. The book can be used without conforming to a special system of writing with lots of specialized vocabulary and rules. 7. The book requires critical thinking and I believe students will be intrigued by the approach. 8. Practicing what has been learned is written into the book. It appears to be a reasonable amount of practice. There are approximately 45 assignments. 9. I do not plan on modifying the assignments at all. It is pick up and go! :party: Since I modify EVERYTHING- this is a miracle to me! Chapters: 1. Voices of the Senses: Learning How to Describe 2. Voices of Observation: Describing Actions, Making Meaning 3. Voices of Definition: Making Complex Distinctions 4. Voices of Authority: Making Rules Reflection How You Can Build Beginnings Our of Nothing 5. Voices of Logic: Making Sense 6. Voices of Argument: Persuading Others 7. Voices of Negotiation: Shaping Your World Reflection How You Can Build Shape Out of a "Mess" Setting Up Shop For Yourself Leaving the Workshop and Becoming a Master I'd be happy to answer any questions y'all might have. Hope this is helpful. Holly Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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