From Reader to Writer

From Reader to Writer As a child Sarah Ellis made up plenty of stories but could never think of any when called upon in school As an adult she discovered a way to encourage children to express their creativity The result

  • Title: From Reader to Writer
  • Author: Sarah Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780888994400
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • As a child, Sarah Ellis made up plenty of stories but could never think of any when called upon in school As an adult, she discovered a way to encourage children to express their creativity The result is From Reader to Writer, a trove of suggestions and activities that use classic children s literature to inspire and liberate kids imaginations Each of the 17 chapters cAs a child, Sarah Ellis made up plenty of stories but could never think of any when called upon in school As an adult, she discovered a way to encourage children to express their creativity The result is From Reader to Writer, a trove of suggestions and activities that use classic children s literature to inspire and liberate kids imaginations Each of the 17 chapters consists of an intriguing anecdote about an author, from Louisa May Alcott to Susan Cooper, that describes their childhood, what they read, and the sources for their books Each anecdote leads into a writing activity, which can range from simple to sophisticated and can be adapted to different classroom situations Letter and journal writing, wordplay, fantasy and riddles, and story starter ideas are among the entertaining and original techniques for encouraging a young person to take up a pen and start writing.

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    1. Sarah Ellis opens her book, From Reader to Writer: Teaching Writing Through Classic Children’s Books, by asking the pertinent question: “Can creative writing be taught?” She outlines two types of writers: those that believe it can be taught through hard work, those that believe it is all risk and determination, something that cannot be taught, and a third more gentle option. This third option focuses on the community aspect of the creative process, highlighting that “writing grows from r [...]

    2. This book was given to me by Dr. Brad Wilcox the day I defended my thesis, so it holds a bit of extra sentimental value for me. I think this book has good strategies to invoke the inner creative writer in all of us, and great teaching strategies. I found it interesting to discover some excellent works of literature were not necessarily meant to be excellent works of literature. For example, Lewis Carrol's timeless Alice in Wonderland, was originally told to a set of girls verbally, on the spot, [...]

    3. Great handbook on developing writing skills. Written with children in mind but anyone could benefit from the ideas and tools in this book. You could design writing activities or programs for home, classrooms, or libraries with this book as a guide.

    4. I reread this book in connection to a workshop I participated in "Authors as Mentors" with the Red River Valley Writing Project. This book features 17 famous authors in 16 chapters each offering a lesson from their works, their methods, their starts. Some authors include: Beatrix Potter, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lewis Carroll, P.L. Travers and more.Each chapter includes various features like, "What did J.R.R. Tolkien Read?" or "A Read Aloud Suggestion." Some of the chapters end with book lists of [...]

    5. Rich resource for exploring classic children's books. There are lists of books written by the authors, books the authors liked read, and books of similar styles by less known authors. Books! Books! Books! Also writing exercises that evoke different styles and genres.

    6. (As of 2012), outdated. Some interesting sections, especially the book lists. Other than that, generally applicable to teachers.

    7. Interesting life stories behind some famous authors, activities to get kids thinking about writing based on some of their famous novels. More likely for upper grades. Too old for my five year old.

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