Teaching Evidence-Based Writing : Fiction / Leslie Blauman

Every writer goes into drafting a book with an operating metaphor—at least I do! For this one, I kept envisioning myself long-distance running on this wooded path in Colorado, or working out at the gym. Why these images? Because if we want students to be at the top of their game when it comes to writing, they need to practice it—a lot. And if we want students to become especially good at writing in response to reading, we need to do specific strength training so their minds work in particular ways as they analyze texts. How do we give students this practice so that students’ working metaphor isn’t an ox pulling a heavy cart or some image of dull labor? The answer is: Make sure the literature you read and mull is appealing and engaging to them. Period. That’s why I’ve built the lessons and student activities in this book around popular novels, myths, and poems that are easy to get your hands on and your minds around. Excerpts from Gary Soto, Kate DiCamillo, Ralph Fletcher, Gary Paulsen, Sandra Cisneros, Eve Bunting—to name a few. Learning to support ideas with evidence from a text takes time, so my attitude is, the literature we use has to be exemplary and well worth such close attention.

Blauman, Leslie - Teaching evidence-based writing. Fiction_ texts and lessons for spot-on writing about reading, with 100 best-the-test tips-Corwin Literacy (2017)
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