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Author mentors

  1. 1. Authors as Mentors  for Peer Critique Groups Denise Johnson, Matthew Kirby,  Eric Luper, Linda Urban & Kate Messner
  2. 2. Research Supports Authors As Mentors <ul><ul><li>IRA OUTSTANDING DISSERTATION AWARD FOR 2011: The Impact of Interactive Read-Alouds on the Writing of Third Graders During Writing Workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>While reading mentor texts, students learned to read like writers as they and their teacher noticed and examined the author’s craft.  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Research Supports Authors As Mentors <ul><ul><li>Within this study, the teacher and students were a </li></ul></ul><ul><li>community of writers who learned how  </li></ul><ul><li>to craft their writing from published </li></ul><ul><li>authors as well as from each other.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  It is important for teachers to  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>help students to perceive themselves  </li></ul><ul><li>as writers and foster the various  </li></ul><ul><li>mentoring relationships within the  </li></ul><ul><li>literacy classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  4. 4. Author Critique Groups <ul><li>“ 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.”    </li></ul><ul><li>                    ~Jane Yolen </li></ul>
  5. 5. Fostering Mentoring Relationships <ul><li>&quot;The peer group is a powerful enough force in our classrooms that it can damage as well as support our students' engagement in writing.&quot;     ~ Lucy Calkins </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;A critique group is more  </li></ul><ul><li>than just what is being read. It is also about the  </li></ul><ul><li>personalities, tastes,  </li></ul><ul><li>backgrounds, and critical  </li></ul><ul><li>acuity of the members.”    </li></ul><ul><li>                      ~Jane Yolen </li></ul>
  6. 6. Panel of Award Winning Authors...   Matthew Kirby     Eric Luper     Linda Urban   Kate Messner
  7. 7. Matthew Kirby http://matthewjkirby.com/kirbside/
  8. 8. Eric Luper http://ericluper.com/
  9. 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. 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. 11. Jeremy Bender vs. the Cupcake Cadets (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins) The same thing happened!!
  12. 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 &quot;compliment sandwich.&quot;         - compliment         - constructive suggestion         - compliment
  13. 13. Linda Urban http://lindaurbanbooks.com/
  14. 14. Kate Messner www.katemessner.com
  15. 15. Coming in April!
  16. 24. How to Critique a Friend’s Writing: Lessons from the Pros <ul><li>Start with the positive. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell the writer what you’ve read. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific in your feedback. </li></ul><ul><li>Note where the writer might add sensory details </li></ul><ul><li>Point out where things don’t make sense. </li></ul><ul><li>Wrap up on a positive note. </li></ul>More on the Stenhouse blog …
  17. 26. Student Critique Partners:  Bring on the Highlighters & Post-Its! <ul><ul><li>Trade papers with a partner. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use highlighter to mark it up: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pink =Consider cutting this part </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Green = I'm confused here </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Orange = Use more descriptive, vivid language </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yellow = OMG Love this part! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Post-It Notes for longer suggestions/explanations of your ideas. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 27. Authors as Mentors  for Peer Critique Groups Denise Johnson, Matthew Kirby, Eric Luper, Kate Messner, & Linda Urban

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