A Guide to Organizational Strategies for Thinking and Writing offers teachers and students ten patterns for arranging ideas that will expand their repertoire of organizational skills. Each pattern is illustrated by passages that model the strategy, and each is accompanied by an assignment that invites application and practice. Models that encompass a wide range of subjects-literature, history, science, mathematics-are provided for students in the early grades, in middle school, and in high school or college. Teachers will find the first part of the book helpful in planning writing instruction, not just for language arts but for any subject that requires English exposition. Students, from emerging to accomplished writers, will benefit from reading the passages and completing the assignments. The strategies include six basic approaches-chronological, spatial, topical, comparison, contrast, comparison contrast-and four less well-known patterns-traditional narrative, point counterpoint, question-answer, and extended analogy. The book concludes with a lesson in modeling rhythm and rhyme in poetry.
Some other key features of this book include: *Ready-to-use assignments *A bonus lesson on modeling rhythm and rhyme *Leads to additional resources *An introduction to modeling prose passages
Billie F. Birnie, PhD, has been teaching writing most of her life, first to students in elementary, middle, and senior high schools, and in recent years, to prospective and experienced teachers. Her published writing ranges from poetry and memoir to professional articles and books on teaching and learning.
Table of Contents Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Preliminaries The Writing Process What Students Must Know about Sentences What Students Must Know about Paragraphs What Students Must Know about Essays How Modeling Works The Use of Response Groups How To Use the Rest of This Book The Strategies Chronological Order Spatial Organization Topical Organization Comparison Contrast Comparison-Contrast Question-Answer Traditional Narrative Point-Counterpoint Extended Analogy Teaching the Organizational Strategies (Table) A Lesson in Modeling Rhythm and Rhyme in Poetry References