K.W.R. …the topic is writing…

~ Katie Wood Ray ~

I am really LoVinG using Katie Wood Ray’s works…she has become a wonderful mentor for me.  I have attended several workshops that she presented for literacy coaches and k-2 writing trainers for the district I work in…here are just a few of my favs…


Writing Workshop with Our Youngest WritersThis one is a must have for all K-2 teachers who use a workshop approach for teaching writing…the video companion that goes along with About the Authors is amazing…great for staff development or for enjoyment!  After watching the video you will truly reflect on your teaching practice and will understand WHY using the workshop approach beginning in kindergarten is very important for creating life long learners.


 Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom Wondrous Words…This one is probably my most favorite book by Katie…I have read it over and over and refer back to it often.  It is a great resource for teachers of writing…and for people who just love to write :o)  It is chalk full of craft techniques that writers use and it even list possible books and sample pieces that you can use to teaching the writer’s craft!


A Framework for Planning Units of Study in the Writing Workshop This one is a great companion piece to use with Lucy Calkin’s units of study…the difference is…Lucy’s has the units pretty much mapped out for you…however in Katie’s book …she just shows you the possibilities.  Once you have used the scaffold of Lucy’s work and you know what a unit of study looks like and feels like you will be able to imagine the other possibilities that are out there for you…you will be Study Driven


Working Through the Hard Parts (And They're All Hard ... So…are you ready to learn more about the writing workshop…check out this book by Katie Wood Ray and Lester Laminak it is called: The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (And They’re All Hard…)


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. literacy.coach
    Apr 12, 2008 @ 23:20:02

    We’re huge Katie Wood Ray fans as well 🙂


  2. Jen
    Apr 14, 2008 @ 00:21:01

    Reading Study Driven right now and just finished Collen Cruz’s book as well. LOVED THEM BOTH!
    Do you mind if I link you to my blog?


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