I always think like a reading person. I know that helping students buid a connection to their text is the best way to have them become owners of their thoughts and to become proud enough to share. Writing is provides a windoe to the writers soul and can be a scary proposition.
Using lots of mentor texts is the ticket so kids can see how everyone else writes too. They have to feel safe and know it is ok to make a mistake.
Even though I teach reading intervention we do some sort of writing each day. We created RRJ's Reader's Response Journals. It is a struggle for many of my students to be able to get meaning from text so it is a slow process, but it is still more using words, reading words, writing words, thinking about words. All leads to better reading and writing.
My name is Lori Revel and I teach Reading Intervention at Winburn Middle School. This is the third time I have joined this group in the last two weeks. I hope this time it works! My computer does not like something I am soing! It couldn't be OPERATOR ERROR! Lol.
With that being said, I love Laura Robb and all of her materials! I am really looking forward to working with each of you and learning more and more for experts! Thanks for the patience!
Welcome to the book study group for Laura Robb's text "Teaching Middle School Writers". My name is Laurie Henry, and I'm an Assistant Professor of Early Adolescent Literacy at the University of Kentucky and Vice President of the Kentucky Reading Association. I will be your facilitator for this book study group, and I look forward to meeting you all. We will begin our book discussion group on August 20th. So, you have only a few short weeks to purchase your Laura Robb text and get ready for a great experience.