The Author'S Apprentice: Developing Writing Fluency, Stamina, And Motivation Through Authentic Publication
Publish Date: 2016-07-27
Author: Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg
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What are we teaching our students about writing, if it isnt what actual writers do? This provocative question begins the journey Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg takes us on in The Authors Apprentice. With the popular NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)an event each November during which participants attempt to write a novel from start to finishas her inspiration, she reinvents the writers workshop using an authentic and engaging apprenticeship approach that is based on the writing advice of middle grades and young adult authors students are currently reading. The book integrates classroom practices from Kelly Gallagher, Ralph Fletcher, Lynne Dorfman, and Nancie Atwell with writing practices from authors such as Rick Riordan, Lois Lowry, Gordon Korman, and Margaret Peterson Haddix. Using the experiences of these successful teachers and authors, Meigs-Kahlenberg creates a classroom where student authors contribute their words to the world and gain the self-confidence to become independent writers who apply their skills to any writing task. In Vickis classroom what she does goes beyond November as she pushes kids past the limits of what they thought was possible. It stretches and accelerates their growth as writers by developing their writing fluency and stamina. It grounds their learning in the real world and gives their reading and writing purpose that matters far beyond a test or grade. The Authors Apprentice provides a yearlong planning guide, weekly writing challenges, ideas for publication possibilities, step-by-step lesson plans, and hundreds of author quotes to motivate student learning. The ideas and lessons in this book are not a quick and easy journey, but becoming a better writeran authornever is.