Bookmarks: Responding to Text

This package offers the introductory guide Writing is Elementary: Teaching Young Children to Write alongside the module Bookmarks: Responding to Text.

Writing is Elementary: Teaching Young Children to Write is the first module of the series. It serves as an introduction and a guide for each subsequent module. It focuses on the four basic qualities of writing:

  • Purpose
  • Organization
  • Voice
  • Detail

After explaining these fundamental building blocks, classroom-tested lessons are provided to teach each specific quality. These lessons can be easily differentiated for various developmental levels. Whole-class instruction, guided work, and individual responses are included.

Building on the skills learned in the first module, Bookmarks: Responding to Text concentrates on teaching students how to write analytically about texts.

Material includes:

  • 40 classroom-tested lessons
  • Scaffolding of instruction: whole-class modeling, guided practice, and independent writing.
  • Scoring rubrics
  • Annotated student anchor papers
  • A bibliography of recommended books


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