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Ruth Culham, EdD, launched a writing revolution with the publication of her book6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide, Grades 3 and Up, followed by6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary GradesandTraits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School, winner of the 2011 Teacher’s Choice award. Her groundbreaking work with the writing traits is the culmination of 40 years of research, practice, and passion. Ruth has published the bestsellingThe Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writingthat demonstrates how to read with a writer’s eye to lift the best writing techniques from favorite authors. Ruth has also pennedDream Wakers: Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Cultureto support the reading and writing relationship using high-quality diverse texts. Ruth’s professional books have illuminated both writing traits and the reading-writing connection for countless educators around the globe.
Her many professional resources include the immensely popular, grade-specific Trait Crates that use beautiful children’s literature titles to spotlight and teach each writing trait and drive home the reading-writing connection. Ruth’s ground-breaking Teach Writing Well, her newest and most thorough professional text, enhances teachers’ professional understanding of teaching writing by unlocking the secrets of revision in its two-part approach: read the writing and teach the writer.
Ruth is a contributor toThe Reading TeacherandEducational Leadership. She travels extensively delivering highly energetic and well-received workshops and keynotes. Ruth was an English Teacher of the Year in Montana, one of the highlights of her 19-year teaching career. Culham holds specialty degrees in Library Science and Elementary, Middle, and Secondary English Education.
Check out her website at culhamwriting.comfor more information on all of her exemplary professional books, services, and curricular resources.
Ask great writers what the key to writing well is and they will tell you revision. Author Ruth Culham, both a successful writer and writing teacher, understands the challenges elementary teachers face when teaching writing and revision and now shares her knowledge in Teach Writing Well: How to Assess Writing, Invigorate Instruction, and Rethink Revision.
Divided into two parts, Culham’s book provides ways to teach that are both accessible to the teacher and student. You will find techniques to assess writing that are practical, and results driven. Inside you’ll discover:
Culham’s “traits of writing” and how to use them to read and assess student work
Ways to guide revision decisions using these traits as common language
How to address challenges students may face within the different modes of writing (narrative, expository, and persuasive)
Strategic lessons to teach the writer that scaffold students towards making their own craft decisions
A chapter on mentor texts which can be used to model traits and key qualities for your students
Teach Writing Well pulls best practices together and shows writing with fresh eyes.
“There is power that resides in outstanding culturally diverse literature—a power that has the potential to engage students in reading and teach them about the art and craft of writing.” —Ruth Culham
We dream of a time when all students will be confident, capable readers and writers. When we teach students to read as writers using mentor texts, we awaken that dream and make it real. Imagine the power of providing students with books that show them their faces, their culture, their lives on every page. And imagine how every classroom’s collection of mentor texts can grow by adding books that celebrate diversity.
In Dream Wakers: Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture, Ruth Culham focuses her love of children’s literature—and her decades of work developing the traits of writing—on books that celebrate Latino life and culture. She provides a wide variety of ideas to teach writing using some of the richest and most beautiful children’s books available. Dream Wakers gives you:
• An annotated list of more than 120 books with do-it-today lesson ideas for teaching the traits of writing—Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions. More than half of the books listed are bilingual or offer English and/or Spanish editions. • Eleven original, insightful essays by renowned children’s authors of some of the featured books • A handy reference chart that helps teachers locate books quickly by trait, genre, language, and author/publisher information. Ruth encourages all of us to make sure students of all backgrounds have access to high-quality, culturally diverse texts and recognize the difference those texts will make in their reading lives, as well as in their perception of themselves as a thinkers, learners, and citizens.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion