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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Writing Thief - Ruth Culham

I'm a huge fan of Ruth Culham.
She's written a lot of books about the
6-Traits of Writing.
She's a great resource
for mentor texts. 

And basically,
that's what
The Writing Thief
offers. 

Culham explains how stealing from
authors and books we love
is great when teaching writing. 
She focuses on 
informational, narrative and argument
types of writing.
She explains them in simple terms
and connects the 6-Traits to these 
text types.
With the 6-Traits,
Culham points out
the simple differences
in each text type,
and offers some mentor texts
to support them.

With Ethan having completed 
first and second grade,
and with having taught,
in recent years,
second and third grade,
I found myself making notes in the margin
about which texts I could see myself using
with a specific grade,
or even matching ideas
with a unit.

The Writing Thief
is one of those books
that you're glad you read over the summer
and gets you excited about going back
into the classroom. 



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