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More About the Authors: Authors and Illustrators Mentor Our Youngest Writers

More About the Authors: Authors and Illustrators Mentor Our Youngest Writers

by Lisa B Cleaveland


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"My hope is that More About the Authors will help you see how shifting your thinking about mentors can make such a difference in your teaching."

-Lisa Cleaveland

This is not your typical book on mentor texts. Lisa Cleaveland will show you why in her classroom authors and illustrators do the mentoring, not their texts. While this may seem like mere semantics, it's actually a singularly powerful instructional shift. "Books don't make themselves," writes Lisa, "authors and illustrators do, and my students know this because they make books too."

About the Authors introduced tens of thousands of teachers to Lisa's primary writing workshop. Now she shares what she considers the most crucial aspect of her teaching. "When authors and illustrators are mentors, you teach students more about how to learn from their mentors than what to learn." With Lisa you'll:

  • engage children by helping them discover mentor authors
  • connect writers to the curriculum as they notice and name the moves their mentors make
  • plan powerful units of study around mentor authors
  • position students to mentor one another.

Along the way, Lisa illustrates the effectiveness of this approach with full-color examples of students' work as well as transcripts of a question-and-answer session between her writers and famed children's author and illustrator Marla Frazee. You'll see firsthand how closely examining a mentor's work can lead little ones to big insights about writing.

"What I have realized," writes Lisa Cleaveland, "is that it's all about finding mentors for writing and illustrating." Find out just how powerful this slight shift in thinking can be as you find out More About the Authors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325076751
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 04/07/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 621,762
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 7 Years

About the Author

Lisa Cleaveland starts her writing workshop each day at 9:00 am sharp. She has been a teacher for twenty seven years and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She was the recipient of the prestigious NCTE/Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing. Lisa's classroom was the research basis for About the Authors, coauthored by Katie Wood Ray. Today, teachers from all over the United States visit Lisa's writing workshop in North Carolina to watch a master practitioner at work. You can find her on Twitter at @LisaCleaveland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Maria Frazee ix

1 Shifting the Focus from Mentor Texts to Mentor Authors 2

2 Bringing Mentors to Life for Beginning Writers and Illustrators 26

3 The Rich Curriculum of Noticing and Naming 50

4 Learning from a Mentor; Children's Questions for a Favorite Author and Illustrator 74

5 Planning Units of Study with Mentors in Mind 94

6 Students as Mentors: The Best Teachers of All 120

Works Cited 145

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