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The Write Thing: Kwame Alexander Engages Students in Writing Workshop (and You Can Too!)

208p. appendix. bibliog. index. photos. Shell Education. Jul. 2018. pap. $29.99. ISBN 9781493888429.
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RedReviewStarIn this engaging, conversational work based on his immensely popular Book-in-a-Day workshops, Newbery Award winner Alexander invites teachers to use poetry to invigorate their writing instruction. Alexander maintains that poetry is extremely accessible and that students who are exposed to this format will become enthusiastic writers. The volume is organized by the key parts of the creative process: writing, publishing, and presenting. Interwoven throughout are tips, questions, sidebars in which Alexander and educators share their experiences teaching poetry, and more. The author's own poetry, as well as that of well-known poets and beginners, illustrates the ideas. Robust appendixes offer valuable mini-lessons and publishing resources. The last appendix provides instructions on accessing the videos and other digital resources referenced in the book. Teachers will be eager to try out the workshops and transform their students into published authors.
VERDICT Essential for writing teachers, those who collaborate with them, and anyone wanting to breathe new life into a writing program.

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