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Crafting Writing: Instructional Mini-lessons/ Resources

Focus

"Writing becomes beautiful when it becomes specific, concrete." -- Ralph Fletcher
Language Choice
"The difference between the right and the not-so-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain
Voice
"My writing comes from ideas that make a sound in my heart." -- Katherine Paterson

Elaboration

"Our job is to ask questions of children so that children internalize these questions and ask them of themselves and their own emerging drafts." -- Lucy Calkins
Sentence Fluency and Detail Development
“Creativity is a continual surprise.” -- Ray Bradbury
Grammatical Structures for Detail Development
"Word-carpentry is like any other kind of carpentry: you must join your sentences smoothly." -- Anatole France

Design and Organization

“An ending, I think, should try to distill some key point or theme, or perhaps reach a conclusion, or maybe leave the reader with a provocative thought or an unanswered question.” -- Russell Freedman
Rhetorical Strategies
"If you’re not a reader you can forget about becoming a writer. If reading is not in place first, the writing will not come. The most effective training for writing is reading. If kids read more they would write better." -- Avi

Mechanics

"As to the adjective: when in doubt, strike it out." -- Mark Twain