"These...teacher resources provide explicit instructional techniques as well as numerous student examples for mastering the craft of expository and opinion/persuasive writing.
The books are intended as supplemental resources for CraftPlus, an approach to writing instruction developed by Marcia S. Freeman, but both can also be used as stand-alone resources. In Crafting Expository Papers, Koehler divides each lesson into three parts: the mini-lesson introduces and defines the skill, the workshop leads from pair to individual work, and the response requires students to share their work with each other.
In Crafting Opinion and Persuasive Papers, Clifford uses a similar format but explains the mini-lesson in relationship to his WHAM approach. WHAM stands for Watch (students watch the teacher perform the skill), Help (students help the teacher perform the skill), Apply (students apply the skill as the teacher assists) and Master (students work on mastering the skill).
Reproducibles are included in both books and both are important resources for teaching students in the craft of writing."
—Reviewed in Professionally Speaking (Sept. 2008) by Maureen Doeler, a grade 7 teacher at Holy Cross Catholic School in Innisfil
"In our media-saturated world of blogs, chat, and constant spin, the teaching of basic principles of opinion and persuasion cannot begin soon enough. This is an important book."
—Joel Kuszai, Assistant Professor of English, City University of New York
"Written by middle-school language-arts teacher Tim Clifford, Crafting Opinion and Persuasive Papers: For Teachers of Developing Writers in Grades 4-10 is a straightforward guide to helping students learn how to craft quality papers advocating a point or a cause, and therefore cultivate the ability to make informed judgments about the media messages they encounter over the course of their lives. The sample lessons readily incorporated into any curriculum, or compiled as whole into a complete course. Examples, reproducible pages for classroom use, recommendations for opening the lesson and modeling writing skills, work time suggestions, closing activities, and recommended reading lessons compose the meat of this handy teacher's aide."
—Midwest Book Review Internet Bookwatch, October 2007
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