Because of their length, sterling language and myriad topics, picture books serve as excellent models for mentoring young writers as they learn the writer’s craft. Mentoring Young Writers is packed full of practical, user- friendly strategies for using picture books to teach writing techniques such as: focusing on strong verbs, using elaborative details and varying sentence structures. You and your students will be amazed at the results! Help your students avoid the common pitfalls of implausible events, too much dialogue, boring beginnings (and much more) as they craft their fiction stories. Help them create poems with vivid imagery and figurative language, or learn how to engage them in exciting, meaningful personal narrative writing. In addition, educators will appreciate the recommended picture books lists, the examples of how to use specific books as springboards for student writing, and the shared writing samples included throughout this book. This book is focused on helping educators teach the skills all good writers possess.
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During her 30+ year career, literacy expert Blanche Lamont has offered reading and writing workshop sessions to thousands of teachers locally, provincially, and at international conferences. She addresses literacy instruction in a manner that is easily accessible to beginning and experienced teachers alike. Her experiences in a variety of school settings as a classroom teacher, school principal, and district curriculum consultant, have contributed to her deep commitment to meeting the needs of diverse learners.
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