A simple approach to developing an assessment-based writing process with students — by beginning with the end. Discover how to use exemplars to introduce students to new forms of writing and help them appreciate the elements that make them effective.
The Write Beginning argues that when young writers use success as a guide, they are able to develop a clear understanding of the process and set realistic goals for themselves. It explores the features of successful writing in different forms around the four areas of learning — knowledge, thinking, communication, and application. The book goes on to illustrate how teachers can use the success criteria as a framework for providing descriptive feedback to students as a way of guiding and improving their learning. Graphic organizers, sample rubrics, checklists, and student samples round out this comprehensive resource.
About the author
A caring and dynamic teacher, Lisa Donohue is passionate about creative solutions and innovative teaching techniques. Lisa has a strong background in the arts, and works collaboratively with other teachers in developing balanced literacy programs that foster student achievement. She was nominated as Teacher of the Year for 2010–2011, and is currently working as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board. Lisa lives in Newmarket, Ontario.
Other titles by Lisa Donohue
Independent Reading Inside the Box
How to organize, observe, and assess reading strategies that promote deeper thinking and improve comprehension in K–8 classrooms
A framework for using read-aloud and other oral language experiences to build reading comprehension skills and help readers record, share, value, and interpret ideas
Making every minute count in the literacy block
The Write Voice
Using rich prompts to help student writing come alive
Keepin' It Real
Integrating new literacies with effective classroom practice