Review: Everyday Editing

In a post titled Making Conventions Fun, Vicki Spandel and Jeff Hicks recently reviewed Jeff Anderson’s book Everyday Editing on their blog Six Trait Gurus.

“Books are meant to be read in different ways,” they write, “and this one isn’t necessarily a book you’ll sit down and read cover to cover (like a mystery novel) prior to using it. Begin Everyday Editing by reading the Introduction plus the first three chapters. This much, Part I, sets the stage for setting up lessons, and will help you understand the premise of the book–which is to invite students into the world of editing through literature and fascinating examples.”

The review then offers 10 steps for making the most of Jeff’s book.

“Why would we spend time tediously correcting errors that just happen to pop up in students’ writing when we could engage our writers in dynamic discussions about real writing, sparked by brilliant examples from today’s best writers,” the reviewers ask in the conclusion. “Thanks to Jeff Anderson for inviting us on an incredible journey that virtually electrifies editing instruction. Don’t miss this book.”

Add comment September 19th, 2011

Blog Watch: Tuesday roundup

Here are a couple of interesting Stenhouse-related tidbits from around the blogosphere:

Mike McQueen at Reading on the Run recently conducted an in-depth interview with Cris Tovani. The interview focuses mostly on Cris’s book I Read It but I Don’t Get It. Listen to the interview and then make sure to check out Cris’s latest book So What Do They Really Know. The book is now available for full preview on the Stenhouse site!

Sara Fillion wrote a lovely review of Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice on the Responsive Classroom website. “Day-by-Day is not only an excellent resource but also a really fun read for anyone who teaches writing,” Sara says. Read the full review here.

If you ever wanted to explore the virtual reality of Second Life, here is a great reason to do so! Julie D. Ramsay, author of “Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing?” will host a virtual book discussion beginning August 22. You can find out more about the event here.

Check out this video clip of Rick Wormeli discussing his book Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Grades 6-12. And if you had doubts that Rick was a multi-talented author, here is another proof: a song that he co-wrote with Monte Selby. You can listen to the song here.

Add comment August 16th, 2011

Review roundup

It’s always helpful to know what fellow teachers/authors/bloggers think of a particular book before your purchase. So here are three recent reviews from the blogosphere to help you decide.

Gresham Brown at Room 241 reviewed Debbie Miller’s book Reading with Meaning. While the book has been around for a few years, Gresham finds that its ideas and inspiration are still very much relevant in every classroom.

Julie D. Ramsay’s new book “Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing?” got an enthusiastic thumbs up from Dr. Frank Buck on his blog Get Organized! “Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing? contains so much dialogue, I truly felt I was right there in the classroom with the students. I started reading one afternoon and found I was two-thirds of the way through before I could put it down,” he writes.

Franki Sibberson at A Year of Reading says that even though Cris Tovani talks about high school students who struggle with reading in her new book So What Do They Really Know?, “the big issues of assessment, testing, using assessment to inform instruction, student ownership, grading, etc. are all very universal.”

Add comment August 10th, 2011

Blog watch: Real reviews for Real Revision

Kate Messner’s book Real Revision: Authors’ Strategies to Share with Student Writers is not even off the press, but some bloggers are already buzzing about it as a must-read for the summer.

Franki Sibberson at A Year of Reading writes that Real Revision is more than just a book of lessons about revision, but a book about creating a classroom where revision is valued. “I read a lot of professional books on literacy,” Franki writes. “I love so many of them but REAL REVISION totally wowed me.  It is fresh and unique. It looks hard at the life of real authors and their process for revision and then looks at how to bring those authentic strategies into the classroom.”

Monica Edinger also reviewed the book on her blog, Educating Alice. She writes that “Kate knows the realities of teaching writing in this time of tests and standards, knows middle school kids, and knows firsthand the ups and downs of writing.  She does a remarkable job connecting this all in a style that is pleasant, practical, and frank.”

Head over the Stenhouse site to preview the full book and then order your copy to add to your summer reading list!

You can hear Kate talk about her book in this recently recorded video podcast:

1 comment June 15th, 2011

Day by Day blog tour coming soon!

Don’t forget to check in with the four blogs below starting Monday, Dec. 6, to find out more about Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice by Ruth Ayres and Stacey Shubitz. Read in-depth interviews with the authors on the following dates and blogs:

Dec. 6 – A Year of Reading
Dec. 7 – Raising Readers and Writers
Dec. 8 – Write Brained Teacher
Dec. 9 – Once Upon a Teacher

You can leave comments and ask questions during the tour on any of the four blogs! Until then, read a great review of Day by Day (scroll down to the bottom of the page), as well as some other new Stenhouse books on writing!

Add comment December 1st, 2010

What other bloggers are saying…

Here is a quick roundup of some reviews of Stenhouse books we came across recently in the blogosphere:

Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching Any Subject by Rick Wormeli:
“Metaphors and Analogies provides an excellent starting point for understanding the promise and pitfalls of these important devices, and I would encourage you to explore Wormeli’s book for yourself.  In the spirit of its title, it truly is a buffet for the hungry mind,” writes blogger Patrick Woessner on Technology in the Middle.

Keith Schoch at How to Teach a Novel, is also enthusiastic about Rick’s latest: “His work, however, is so far the most practical title I’ve seen on the topic, offering teachers simple steps for improving their instruction through the use of metaphors and analogies. Every page provides subject-specific examples, allowing readers to easily understand the real-life applications to the classroom.”

Small Group Intervention (DVD) by Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos:
“As I am building more interest in staff development and literacy leadership, I especially enjoyed this resource. I look forward to eventually sharing the DVD with others to support literacy instruction development,” says Mrs. V at Snapshots of Mrs. V.

A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades by Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough:
Sarah Amick over at Amick’s Articles gives a thumbs-up for Georgia Heard’s latest book: “She seems to understand the plight that we are all in this topsy turvy world of assessment driven instruction. And yet, she doesn’t stray from the fact that our youngest learners need to be held in their world of wonder, that that world need not be taken away from their early in their learning. She understands that school can be a place where children are dumped information into their little minds instead of discovering it for themselves.”

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Add comment December 21st, 2009

School Library Journal interviews Steven Layne

I want teachers and librarians to raise their voices together loud and long and demand that the ‘will’ of reading be given a measure of time and attention in the curriculum. It’s always been the neglected stepchild, but now it’s being shoved under the rug completely in some schools.

Diane Chen just posted an interview with Steven Layne, author of the new book Igniting a Passion for Reading, on her blog Practically Paradise at Steven answers questions on a wide variety of topics including separating reading lounges from school libraries, genres that are most neglected in choosing read-alouds, and author studies.

Igniting a Passion for Reading starts shipping from our warehouse on Monday, and you can preview the entire text online now!

Add comment December 14th, 2009

Blog watch: A couple of reviews

Several fellow bloggers have written about Stenhouse books in the past couple of weeks. Here is a taste of what they said about the books and how they use them in their classrooms:

At A Year of Reading Franki Sibberson, Stenhouse author and blogger, wrote a review of Jennifer Allen’s new book, A Sense of Belonging. Franki recounts her mentor at the beginning of her teaching career: “She treated me as a colleague–a colleague who she enjoyed working with–from Day One. But more important was the fact that she got to know me as a person.” Don’t forget to join our Ning book study group that will begin discussing Jen’s book Sept. 17.

Another review of Jen’s book is at She’s the Apple of my Eye, where mother-daughter teachers Dayle and Courtney blog about Courtney’s first year of teaching.

Ruth Ayres from The Two Writing Teachers read and reviewed Liz Hale’s book, Crafting Writers. “I started reading and was soon totally immersed in the book and the work Elizabeth was describing,” Ruth writes.

Sarah Amick from Amick’s Articles wrote about The Daily Five and The Cafe Book, both by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, “The Sisters.” She recommends reading The Daily Five first and gives a chapter by chapter overview of The Cafe Book.

Amanda from Snapshots of Mrs. V read Jeff Anderson’s book Mechanically Inclined over the summer. “Initially, I thought that there would not be a whole lot new as far as background information. I wanted the book for the additional lesson ideas; however, there actually was a lot of additional information as well,” writes Amanda.

Add comment September 10th, 2009

Blog Watch: Beyond Leveled Books

Two teacher-bloggers found inspiration this week from the second edition of Beyond Leveled Books by Franki Sibberson, Karen Szymusiak, and Lisa Koch.

“After reading the foreword, the list of mini lessons, and the first chapter I knew that I had much to gain from this book,” writes Sarah Amick at Amick’s Articles in her review of Beyond Leveled Books. The book “draws you in during the first chapter as they persuade you to move away from the bookroom, away from the prepublished books from your basal, and to really evaluate the books you are placing in the hands of your children,” Sarah continues.

Read her entire review here

Stacey Shubitz at Two Writing Teachers attended a session by the authors of Beyond Leveled Books during last week’s NCTE. Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak were joined by Cris Tovani (I Read It, but I Don’t Get It and Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?) and Patrick Allen (Put Thinking to the Test) to discuss authentic assessment in reading workshop. Stacey writes that she will be able to connect what she learned to her writing workshop and shares how she will change her lesson charts to empower her students as writers. “I now think there’s a sense of agency we can create in our young writers by using a statement in the first-person as opposed to the third person,” she writes and gives the example of her upcoming persuasive letter writing unit of study chart to demonstrate the power of and importance of the language used in the classroom.

Add comment November 25th, 2008

Blog Watch: Review for Of Primary Importance

Franki Sibberson, Stenhouse author and blogger extraordinaire at A Year of Reading, recently reviewed Ann Marie Corgill’s new book, Of Primary Importance.

“Ann Marie is all about the “whys” of her teaching,” Franki writes. “She understands the theory behind all that she does and her book helps us think through our own writing workshops.  She also spends a lot of time talking about the issues she has with mandated curriculum and the importance of workshop.  But she also gives us some nuts and bolts. She shows us her yearlong plan and then goes into depth with each unit of study—sharing book titles and planning that goes into each unit.”

Read the entire review here. And also be sure to check out Franki’s new book, the second edition of Beyond Leveled Books.

Add comment November 13th, 2008

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