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Write With Me

Partnering With Parents in Writing Instruction, 1st Edition

By Lynda Sentz


160 pages

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Paperback: 9781596671638
pub: 2010-09-24
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In this book, teacher and author Lynda Wade Sentz presents innovative strategies for involving parents in their children’s writing instruction. Elementary school teachers can use these strategies to expand writing instruction into the home and enlist parents as "writing role models" who help to reinforce classroom learning.

Designed for use in conjunction with your current writing program, these activities are engaging and enjoyable. They include the Partner Journal and the Partner Scrapbook, along with several others that enable parents and children to communicate via the written word.

Contents include:

  • Parents: Their First Writing Teachers
  • Establishing Parent-Child Writing Partnerships
  • Getting Parents on Your Side
  • Ideas to Strengthen Parent Partners

According to Sentz, "Parents are the most underutilized resource in education, yet they are the most powerful tool in the teacher’s arsenal." When writing is encouraged in the home, children develop an appreciation for good writing and are increasingly motivated to write themselves. Let this book help you put your greatest asset – parents – to good use, and begin to see significant improvement in the writing of each of your students!

Table of Contents

Introduction Purpose (a.k.a. How to Use This Book)

Reality Check

Roots and Wings



1. Parents, Their First Writing Teachers

My Role Models

The Heart of the Matter

In the Garden

Education is a Lifelong Process


2. Establishing Parent-Child Writing Partnerships

Building Bridges

Connecting School and Home

Connecting Generations of Writers

No Pain, No Gain


3. Getting Parents on Your Side

Try It, You'll Like It

Factors to Keep in Mind

What Do We Do About the Students Whose Parents Won't Participate?

What Is Not an Option


4. Parent-Child Partner Journals

On the Launch Pad

Perception Becomes Reality

What They Say

See It Their Way


5. Partner Scrapbook

September (Small Moment)

October (Narrative)

November (Fiction)

December (Poetry)


6. More Ideas to Strengthen Parent Partners

Encouraging Parents

Family Journal

Vacation Journals

Love Those Letters


7. Bells & Whistles: Additional Classroom Resources

What Else Can You Do?

Lists, Lists, and More Lists

Other Resources Worth Reviewing

Putting It All Together



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