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  • 1. Authors as Mentors  for Peer Critique Groups Denise Johnson, Matthew Kirby,  Eric Luper, Linda Urban & Kate Messner
  • 2. Research Supports Authors As Mentors
      • IRA OUTSTANDING DISSERTATION AWARD FOR 2011: The Impact of Interactive Read-Alouds on the Writing of Third Graders During Writing Workshop
      • While reading mentor texts, students learned to read like writers as they and their teacher noticed and examined the author’s craft. 
      • The teacher facilitated the conversation by guiding students’ responses and explaining the purpose of craft features as well as interconnecting students’ reading and writing experiences.
  • 3. Research Supports Authors As Mentors
      • Within this study, the teacher and students were a
    • community of writers who learned how 
    • to craft their writing from published
    • authors as well as from each other. 
      •   It is important for teachers to 
    • help students to perceive themselves 
    • as writers and foster the various 
    • mentoring relationships within the 
    • literacy classroom.
  • 4. Author Critique Groups
    • “ As for their critiques–they have saved me from overwriting, underwriting, and no writing. They have encouraged me and instilled courage in me when I needed it. Stopped me from making a fool ofmyself with editors. Theycan be ruthless with their criticisms and yet couch it in the terms of love.”   
    •                     ~Jane Yolen
  • 5. Fostering Mentoring Relationships
    • "The peer group is a powerful enough force in our classrooms that it can damage as well as support our students' engagement in writing."     ~ Lucy Calkins
    • "A critique group is more 
    • than just what is being read. It is also about the 
    • personalities, tastes, 
    • backgrounds, and critical 
    • acuity of the members.”   
    •                       ~Jane Yolen
  • 6. Panel of Award Winning Authors...   Matthew Kirby     Eric Luper     Linda Urban   Kate Messner
  • 7. Matthew Kirby
  • 8. Eric Luper
  • 9. As a writer, I have learned not only from being critiqued, but from critiquing others. I have had the opportunity to critique with different sorts of writers including non-fiction, adult thrillers, romance, poetry, picture books, sci-fi/fantasy, graphic novels and I have learned different, unexpected things from each.   Writers learn by engaging in the active process of critiquing.
  • 10. Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins) The experience of writing a novel is like reading your favorite book 100 times in a row.   - You memorize parts of the book - You skip words and stop reading critically - You forget which passages are still in the manuscript and which ones you've deleted - The surprises stop being surprising - The jokes stop being funny Put simply, your brain becomes mush!!
  • 11. Jeremy Bender vs. the Cupcake Cadets (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins) The same thing happened!!
  • 12. Everyone needs to work hard at helping everyone else. Stress that critiquing is not a personal attack; Rather, it must always remain constructive. And, it's something even the most veteran writers do! Author 'First Page' Critiques 1. Get a panel of 'experts' in the room. 2.Have a neutral reader read the first page of a story aloud. 3. It is important the writer is anonymous. 4. Have the panel respond with a "compliment sandwich."         - compliment         - constructive suggestion         - compliment
  • 13. Linda Urban
  • 14. Kate Messner
  • 15. Coming in April!
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  • 24. How to Critique a Friend’s Writing: Lessons from the Pros
    • Start with the positive.
    • Tell the writer what you’ve read.
    • Ask questions.
    • Be specific in your feedback.
    • Note where the writer might add sensory details
    • Point out where things don’t make sense.
    • Wrap up on a positive note.
    More on the Stenhouse blog …
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  • 26. Student Critique Partners:  Bring on the Highlighters & Post-Its!
      • Trade papers with a partner.
      • Use highlighter to mark it up:
        • Pink =Consider cutting this part
        • Green = I'm confused here
        • Orange = Use more descriptive, vivid language
        • Yellow = OMG Love this part!
      • Use Post-It Notes for longer suggestions/explanations of your ideas.
  • 27. Authors as Mentors  for Peer Critique Groups Denise Johnson, Matthew Kirby, Eric Luper, Kate Messner, & Linda Urban