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New book by BAWP TC: Uncommonly Good Ideas

We’re proud to announce the publication of  a new book by BAWP TC MaryAnn Smith (1974, BAWP’s first Institute) and Sandy Murphy, long time WP friend:

Uncommonly Good Ideas: Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era

This innovative resource provides teachers with a road map for designing a comprehensive writing curriculum that meets Common Core standards. The authors zero in on several “big ideas” that lead to and support effective practices in writing instruction, such as integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening; teaching writing as a process; extending the range of students’ writing; spiraling and scaffolding a writing curriculum; and collaborating. These “big ideas” are the cornerstones of best researched-based practices as well as the CCSS for writing.

Each chapter focuses on at least one of the uncommonly good ideas and illustrates how to create curricula around it.