Like "Reading Reminders," its best-selling companion, "Writing
Reminders" is designed to be read on the run-between periods, while
planning, even while teaching-to make every minute count in your
classroom, to help you work smarter and more effectively. And like
"Reading Reminders," it features Jim Burke's best techniques, this
time for teaching writing, complete with tools and tips on how to
implement them. Every reminder is a result of his daily effort to
solve the problems he faces in his classroom. And each one shows
how it is possible to teach all students, as long as they make a
genuine effort, to write clear, cohesive prose.
Look at the table of contents and in thirty seconds get an idea
that will help you. Each reminder clearly states a technique in its
title and includes: A Rationale-a brief explanation of what the
reminder means and why it's important What to Do-questions to ask,
activities to try, strategies to use Classroom Connection-sample
assignments and student examples At a Glance-goals for writing in
many genres Recommended Reading-sound investments for continued
teaching of good writing. "Writing Reminders" directly addresses
standards-based instruction, too, providing techniques and
assignments to hone students' skills in key areas and prepare them
to succeed on important state tests. Built on a foundation of
recent research into effective literacy teaching, the book offers a
wealth of useful resources and processes that result in greater
engagement and higher-level performance without "teaching to the
Regardless of the grade, the ability level, or even the subject
you teach, you can find no better way to easily and quickly improve
your writing instruction than to use "Writing Reminders." And pair
it with "Reading Reminders" for a complete reading and writing
curriculum with ready-to-use techniques for effective teaching.
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