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Writing through Childhood: Rethinking Process and Product

reviewed by Karen Broaddus - 2003

coverTitle: Writing through Childhood: Rethinking Process and Product
Author(s): Shelley Harwayne
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325002908, Pages: 368, Year: 2001
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In this companion volume to Lifetime Guarantees (2000) and Going Public (1999), Harwayne moves beyond a general introduction to the writing workshop to examine the nuts and bolts of effective instruction. How do teachers support students at different grade levels in producing writing that is worth the process of revision? This careful consideration of how student development informs instructional practice as students move through an elementary school writing program is the strength of this final book in Harwayne’s trilogy. Affiliated with the New York City Public Schools for years and currently a district superintendent, Harwayne describes the writing program that she spearheaded at the Manhattan New School during her term as principal. Highlighting the work of a group of students whom she followed from kindergarten through fifth grade, Harwayne examines meaningful writing experiences at each grade level. Harwayne critiques practices that emphasize writing form without appropriate regard for the student’s writing development and individual expertise on a topic, advocating instruction that captures students’ experiences and interests: When we put... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1222-1225
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10941, Date Accessed: 4/22/2021 2:13:00 PM

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  • Karen Broaddus
    James Madison University
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    KAREN BROADDUS is Associate Professor of Reading Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Her research and teaching focuses on reading and writing across the content areas and working with struggling readers and writers. She is the author of a book with Jo Worthy and Gay Ivey titled Pathways to Independence: Reading, Writing, and Learning in Grades 3-8 by Guilford Press. Her recent articles have been published in Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, and Journal of Literacy Research, while forthcoming articles will be featured in Language Arts and Middle School Journal.
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