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Writing Reminders: Tools, Tips, and Techniques

reviewed by Diane L. Olson - 2004

coverTitle: Writing Reminders: Tools, Tips, and Techniques
Author(s): Jim Burke
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0867095210 , Pages: 416, Year: 2003
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Throughout three decades in the trenches of English language arts instruction, colleagues and I have compared and shared strategies and results on teaching writing. Discussions frequently end with, “If only one book had it all….”   Eureka. The title of this find—Writing Reminders: Tools,Tips, and Techniques by Jim Burke, Burlingame High School, California—is not a misnomer. Perhaps the fact Burke that possessed a developmental psychology degree when he began teacher education study at San Francisco State Universityexplains his acute awareness of the needs and desires of fellow writing instructors.   Writing Reminders is a basic nuts-and-bolts guide to writing instruction for seventh through twelfth grades in particular, but it is also applicable and adaptable for elementary and post-secondary educators. Paperbound and pliable, this readable volume is teacher-friendly with its generous, lined margins awaiting scribbled ideas.   Burke is exacting in how to use Writing Reminders: “I designed this book to give you useful ideas after only a two-minute read—between periods, while planning, even while teaching” (p. xix). As a recipient of the 2000 Exemplary English Leadership Award from the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 0-0
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11288, Date Accessed: 2/28/2020 8:20:55 AM

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    Wayne Community Jr.–Sr. High School
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    DIANE L. OLSON is a Language Arts teacher at Wayne Community Jr.–Sr. High School in Corydon, Iowa.
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