Teaching Idea Development: A Standards-Based Critical-Thinking Approach to Writing

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Corwin Press, 2001 M07 25 - 121 pages
Idea development is a concrete skill that can be taught in a systematic way. This step-by-step guidebook provides educators in all content areas with the tools they need to help students think more critically and write with more fully developed ideas. The guide (authored by instructors with the Kentucky Writing Program) offers the reading-writing-thinking sequences that successful writers use when developing ideas. It contains ideas teachers can implement immediately in intermediate, middle, or secondary schools. The strategies and tactics offered in the guide are designed to work in the current rigorous, standards-based school environment, to provide results that are both successful and measurable. The guide explores the theory and practice of implementing idea development in the classroom, from identifying and solving common idea-development problems to strategies for teaching essential writing skills, including: description; comparison and contrast; cause and effect; dialogue; anecdotes; and vignettes. (Contains 21 references.) (NKA)
 

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Contents

Identifying and Solving Common Idea Development Problems
16
Strategies for Teaching
31
Description
45
Comparison and Contrast
57
Cause and Effect
66
Dialogue
76
Vignettes
100
Analysis
109
Conclusion 119
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Sharon Crawford Hatton has been a teacher of writing and English for more than twenty years, with most of the last ten years as a consultant and advisor on writing. A long-time member of the Advisory Board of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, and a member of Advisory Board of the Bluegrass Writing Project since 1994, Hatton is currently a curriculum and assessment coordinator at the elementary school level. Her strengths include written and oral communications, participatory leadership skills, and the design development, and implementation of assessment-driven curriculum.

Pam Leneave Ladd has been active in literacy and writing programs for many years, including work as a P–12 consultant with the esteemed Kentucky Writing Program from 1990 to 1999. Currently a K–6 writing consultant for Cooper-Whiteside Elementary School in Paducah, Kentucky, Ladd is also the owner of Writing Connections, Inc., an educational consulting firm that promotes best practice teaching and curriculum development, especially as it relates to reading and writing integration. Ladd is also an accomplished group leader and presenter of hundreds of professional development workshops and conference sessions since 1986.


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