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Fluent Writing: How to Teach the Art of Pacing

reviewed by Brian Kissel - July 18, 2006

coverTitle: Fluent Writing: How to Teach the Art of Pacing
Author(s): Denise Leograndis
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325008264, Pages: 194, Year: 2006
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Denise Leograndis, a third-grade writing teacher, faced a pedagogical dilemma.  She was required to teach her students how to pace a narrative piece of writing effectively.  The problem: she did not understand what was meant by the term pacing.  Her lack of knowledge precipitated her journey towards a deeper understanding of the term.  The book, Fluent Writing, is the result of her careful self-study. Fluent Writing is a thought-provoking, professional gem.  Entirely dedicated to the craft of fluency, Leograndis defines the term pacing, establishes the importance of it in writing, and provides thorough lessons for teachers as they explore the craft in their writing classrooms.  In the first half of her professional book, Leograndis explains the meaning of pacing.  In the second half, she provides helpful guidance that encourages teachers to incorporate pacing into their own writing lessons. In Chapter 1, Leograndis defines the term pacing.  She sought out professional opinions from... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 18, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12599, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 12:09:21 AM

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  • Brian Kissel
    University of North Carolina—Charlotte
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    BRIAN KISSEL is an Assistant Professor of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina—Charlotte. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level classes in language arts and writing instruction. His current research interests include the writing acquisition of young children as they write across the curriculum.
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