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SPARK!

Quick Writes to Kindle Hearts and Minds in Elementary Classrooms

Paula Bourque (author)

ISBN: 9781625312006

Publication Date: Apr 2019

Format: Paperback

The act of writing doesn't just convey our thinking; it shapes our thinking. Literacy expert Paula Bourque, author of Close Writing: Developing Purposeful Writers in Grades 2-6, now brings to K-6 classrooms "quick writes" - short, frequent bursts of low-stakes writing that allow young students to explore on paper.
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The act of writing doesn't just convey our thinking; it shapes our thinking. Literacy expert Paula Bourque, author of Close Writing: Developing Purposeful Writers in Grades 2-6, now brings to K-6 classrooms "quick writes"–short, frequent bursts of low-stakes writing that allow young students to explore on paper.
 
Bourque presents a way for children to create a rich array of writing, nurturing a range of skills: mindfulness, metacognitive skills, and a mindset of reflection, motivation, and gratitude.
 
Spark! offers purposeful, practical, and enjoyable approaches that meet your students where they are in their writing development. Using the tools in this volume, you will see tangible results in your classroom:
  • Increased volume and stamina of your writers
  • Deeper thinking and discovery of their voices as writers
  • More effective and confident communication
  • Engagement with visual, auditory, and verbal art that stimulates thinking
  • Exploration and appreciation of the diverse thinking of others
Even in a tight schedule, Bourque's tools of "thinking and inking" can enliven your students' writing experiences.
Pages 184
Dimensions 235 x 187
Date Published 30 Apr 2019
Publisher Stenhouse Publishers
Subject/s Education   Teaching skills & techniques   Pre-school & kindergarten   Primary & middle schools  
Paula Bourque has been working with readers and writers in kindergarten through eighth grade for twenty-eight years. She grew up in the Midwest and graduated with a degree in elementary education from Southern Illinois University. She trekked halfway across the country to start her career as classroom teacher in Maine, and her love of literacy led her to a Master's degree in that area from the University of Southern Maine. Still intrigued by how students learn to read, she became a Recovery teacher and honed her skills at keenly observing and scaffolding her most puzzling students. Her fervor for reading and writing led her to become a Title I literacy specialist, supporting her schools' at-risk students and their families. She became a certified literacy coach and earned a Certificate of Advanced study in literacy leadership from the University of Maine, and has worked as a K-8 literacy/instructional coach for the past eight years. 

An avid kidlit reader, she has been intrigued by the process of authors in the published world as well as those in the classroom-including the teachers. While she helped students to closely read the work of other authors, she became curious about her young writers' strategy (or lack) of closely reading their own writing. This led her to examine the relationships they were developing with their writing. A literacy coach in four schools, she used her observations of hundreds of writers in action each week to help her explore how writers could be more mindful and purposeful in their work, and nurture that relationship.

She is a firm believer that the best writing teachers are teachers who write. "Through this process, I realized how my own writing not only reflected what I was seeing and thinking, it was shaping what and how I was thinking. While working on this project, I discovered I was truly writing to learn and learning to write." Now she and several colleagues in her district meet to write and share their ideas with a Teachers Write group (inspired by Kate Messner's virtual writing camp of the same name) and are enjoying the same sense of writing community that they are creating in their classrooms.

Beyond her work in Augusta, Paula has presented at numerous conferences, created writing webinars for Maine's Department of Education, taught graduate courses in literacy, and worked as a consultant in several school districts.

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