1st Edition

No More "I'm Done!" Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades

By Jennifer Jacobson Copyright 2010

    Disregarding the false notion that writing instruction in the primary grades needs to be mostly teacher directed, Jennifer Jacobson shows teachers how to develop a primary writer' s workshop that helps nurture independent, engaged writers. No More I' m Done! demonstrates how to create a more productive, engaging, and rewarding writer' s workshop. Jennifer guides teachers from creating a supportive classroom environment through establishing effective routines; shows teachers how to set up a writer' s workshop; and provides an entire year of developmentally appropriate mini-lessons that build confidence and, ultimately, independence.

    Introduction; Chapter 1: Letting Go: Teacher-Directed Writing Versus Writer's Workshop; Chapter 2: Spaces That Support Independence; Chapter 3: Routines That Support Independence; Chapter 4: Mini-Lessons That Build Independence; Chapter 5: A Year of Mini-Lessons for Growing Writers; Chapter 6: The Secret to Independence: A Desire to Write


    Jennifer Richard Jacobson is a writer and long-time literacy consultant providing instruction in Writer’s Workshop for school districts across the country. She is the author of No More “I’m Done!” Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades and many children’s books including the award-winning Small as an Elephant and Paper Things. Jennifer received her B.S. in early childhood education from Lesley College and her M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. To learn more about her and her work, visit her website at www.jenniferjacobson.com.

    "A book that is nothing short of an intense professional development package. Readers will find that Jacobson's friendly and articulate voice conveys just enough confidence to convince you that the suggested instructional strategies will lead to success over time, but not so much authority as to make you feel overwhelmed by the need to follow every suggestion she offers." - Education Review
    "Ms Jacobson’s concepts seemed revolutionary to me: imagine children begging for more than an hour of writing time every day. Her book was full of passion, examples from children’s clever stories and paragraphs, and inspiration for the parent or teacher hoping to inspire kids in writing." - Rebecca Reads blog