WONDROUS WORDS: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom.WONDROUS WORDS: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom. K. W. Ray. Urbana Urbana (ûrbăn`ə).
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As stated on their official website, the NCTE ( National Council of Teachers of English) is a professional organization dedicated to "improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. , 1999. 316 pp. $22.95. Ray's philosophy--that students learn to write well by studying writers' techniques--is evident in every page of this book. Her book is surprising, however, if readers expect to find the traditional chapters on writing workshop and how to implement its components. This book also is "dangerous." It will change the way you think about writing forever. It makes the familiar unfamiliar, and "messes with what we think we know" about writing instruction.
Ray takes a simple idea--that we learn to write by studying writers--and transforms it by forcing us to look at this concept through a new lens. The author believes that students best learn how to write by studying an author's crafting techniques, and by looking at that craft in context. Using well-known well-known
1. Widely known; familiar or famous: a well-known performer.
2. Fully known: well-known facts. authors as examples, Ray explains that "what you want students to do is to imprint im·print
tr.v. im·print·ed, im·print·ing, im·prints
1. To produce (a mark or pattern) on a surface by pressure.
2. To produce a mark on (a surface) by pressure.
3. the life of the writer onto their own lives, and to try and see themselves doing what the writer is doing." She explains how to do this in very practical ways, using her own experience as examples throughout the text.
In the first four chapters of Wondrous Words, Ray explains the fundamental concepts that support and influence her approach to teaching writing. Subsequent chapters provide the reader with resources and alternate, nontraditional Adj. 1. nontraditional - not conforming to or in accord with tradition; "nontraditional designs"; "nontraditional practices"
traditional - consisting of or derived from tradition; "traditional history"; "traditional morality" ideas for planning, teaching, and assessing writing. Perhaps the most provocative of all the chapters is Chapter 10, "Growing Taller in Our Teaching." It is a short chapter (2 pages) that invites us to reflect on the implications of changing our teaching practices, especially when what we learn changes who we are and makes us uncomfortable.
Wondrous Words is a wondrous book with an unexpected benefit. We unexpectedly learn about writers by reading and studying this author's writing. Once read, the book will inspire you to rethink re·think
tr. & intr.v. re·thought , re·think·ing, re·thinks
To reconsider (something) or to involve oneself in reconsideration.
re how to "fit your new knowledge base with your day-to-day teaching acts"; you will never look at writing and the teaching of writing in quite the same way again. Reviewed by Blanche Desjean-Perrotta, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education, University of Texas at San Antonio The main campus is situated on 600 acres (2.4 km²,) at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Loop 1604 near the northern edge of San Antonio, Texas in Bexar County. The university is also one of the UT System's fastest growing schools, maintaining a 12.