The first chapter was slow for me. I knew what Kelly Gallagher was explaining. I buy into teachers modeling writing. But, as I kept reading, I was more and more inspired and more reflective of my inadequacies. I didn't model as much as I thought I did.
The book is chunked into different writing purposes:
- Express and Reflect
- Inform and Explain
- Evaluate and Judge
- Analyze and Interpret
- Take a Stand/Propose a Solution
I'm going to lend the book to a fellow teacher and BUY MY OWN copy.
I'm actually really excited. I'm already writing articles for a magazine, books, cartoon series, and a movie script. Bring it into the classroom!!
I loaned the book to another teacher on my campus, and as we talked (and spent the day together during the summer), I realized that I could even bring in my writing portfolio that I compiled in college with a professor. I could bring in those magazines with my articles. I could bring in my works in progress - I have SEVERAL!
Each year, I want to do more and to do better than the year before. I know my kids will benefit. So will I.