The Workshop Help Desk Series

A Quick Guide to Boosting English Acquisition in Choice Time, K-2

A Quick Guide to Boosting English Acquisition in Choice Time, K-2

Alison Porcelli, Cheryl Tyler, Edited By Lucy Calkins

(Paperback)

In A Quick Guide to Boosting English Acquisition in Choice Time Alison and Cheryl explain how choice-time workshops can be structured to help English language learners imagine, create, and explore language through play. They outline two units of study for choice-time workshops, the first using open-ended materials, the other using literature to inspire play. A Quick Guide to Boosting English Acquisition in Choice Time is... more

A Quick Guide to Making Your Teaching Stick, K-5

A Quick Guide to Making Your Teaching Stick, K-5

Shanna Schwartz, Edited By Lucy Calkins

(Paperback)

Recognizing that there is a vast difference between children getting it and children holding on to what they have learned, Shanna lays out the universal principles of “stickiness” and describes how they can be used to tweak your teaching for a more lasting impact on young writers. A Quick Guide to Making Your Teaching Stick is part of the Workshop Help Desk series. About the Workshop Help Desk series The Workshop... more

A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers, K-5

A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers, K-5

M. Colleen Cruz, Edited By Lucy Calkins

(Paperback)

In A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers Colleen Cruz shows how to stop struggling with writers who struggle. You’ll find effective support for students who say: I’m not a good writer; My hand hurts; I don’t know how to spell; I don’t have anything to write about; I never get to write anything I want to write; I’m done. A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers is part of the Workshop Help Desk series.... more

A Quick Guide to Teaching Persuasive Writing, K-2

A Quick Guide to Teaching Persuasive Writing, K-2

Sarah Picard Taylor, Edited By Lucy Calkins

(Paperback)

Children have voices that need to be heard and ideas that need to be understood. Building on this premise Sarah describes why you should try a persuasive writing unit of study, describes two units of study for the primary classroom, and lists tips and ideas for helping students get their persuasive writing out into the world. A Quick Guide to Teaching Persuasive Writing is part of the Workshop Help Desk series. About... more

A Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers, 5-8

A Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers, 5-8

Christopher Lehman, Edited By Lucy Calkins

(Paperback)

Middle schoolers can be the masters of disengagement. Recognizing that all students, adept and struggling writers alike, lose steam at times and need a revitalizing jump start, Christopher Lehman offers effective, developmentally-appropriate fixes for addressing situations that frequently sidetrack or distract adolescent writers. Organized as a practical on-the-go teaching reference, the first four chapters offer strategies... more

A Quick Guide to Teaching Reading Through Fantasy Novels, 5-8

A Quick Guide to Teaching Reading Through Fantasy Novels, 5-8

Mary Ehrenworth, Edited By Lucy Calkins

(Paperback)

Supporting dreams of fabulous escape and transformation, fantasy literature can be especially compelling for adolescents. Mary Ehrenworth offers a unit of study that harnesses the power of this expansive and poignant genre to lure even reluctant readers into reading epic novels with passion and stamina. Adhering to reading workshop principles and the classic session architecture honed by Lucy Calkins in the Units of Study... more

A Quick Guide to Teaching Informational Writing, Grade 2

A Quick Guide to Teaching Informational Writing, Grade 2

Marika Paez Wiesen, Edited By Lucy Calkins

(Paperback)

“Informational writing is the perfect genre for second graders because nobody is more curious about the workings of the world and is more eager to tell you a zillion facts about the topic at hand.” Marika Paez Wiesen Informational writing taps into second graders natural inclination to explore and excitedly share the new and strange discoveries that fill their worlds on a daily basis. Marika Paez Wiesen offers a framework... more

A Quick Guide to Teaching Second-Grade Writers with Units of Study

A Quick Guide to Teaching Second-Grade Writers with Units of Study

Lucy Calkins

(Paperback)

In A Quick Guide to Teaching Second Grade Writers with Units of Study Lucy Calkins chronicles a curricular calendar that will help teachers increase the volume of student writing; encourage students to lift the level of their writing by reviwing, rethinking, and rewriting their work; and empower students to write with greater independence. A Quick Guide to Teaching Second Grade Writers with Units of Study is part of the... more