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The Library Media Specialist In the Writing Process

by Marge Cox, Carl A. Harvey II, and Susan E. Page


Get the information you need to teach writing in your library!

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February 2007


Pages 120
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Curriculum and Instruction, K-12
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Collaborate with classroom teachers on strategies to teach the writing process in the K–12 library and classroom. This well-organized and easy-to-follow resource is all you need to teach your students to write well. Includes reproducible posters and lessons to use immediately. This book explains the writing process, offers collaborative curriculum connections, and includes a treasure trove of teacher/librarian collaborative writing lessons.

Author Info

Marge Cox is a library media specialist at Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Naples, FL.

Carl A. Harvey II is an instructor of school librarianship at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Previously, he was an elementary school librarian for 17 years in Indiana.

Susan E. Page is an educator from Yorktown, IN.



"This book provides useful ideas and strategies for partnering with classroom teachers and will make a useful addition to the professional collection in a school library, and in a public library children's services and outreach collection."Colorado Association of Libraries

"This book provides practical suggestions enabling media specialists to participate in and support their schools' writing programs. The authors encourage staff to create writing process displays and provide excellent examples. Chapter three discusses the value of collaboration and provides a collaboration template for media specialists and teachers. The next five chapters cover each area of the writing process. At the end of each chapter the authors present four collaborative lesson plans. Each lesson identifies academic, information literacy, and NETS standards. The final chapter offers ways to respond to what children write. The wealth of writing information is this book benefits teachers as much as media specialists. Many writing manuals are heavy reads filled with 'eduspeak,' but this readable guide provides a variety of practical applications. Media specialists should read this book to enhance their participation in school writing. Those not actively collaborating with teachers should get some inspiration here so they can work with teachers to remind students that communication is the goal of writing by sharing the rich, authentic literature in the library. A helpful addition might have been an accompanying CD-ROM with reproducible writing display 'posters' and collaboration guide, and additional lessons. Recommended."Library Media Connection

"Two K-12 teachers and one library media specialist offer strategies to librarians for teaching writing across the curriculum through the process method and collaboration with classroom teachers. Chapters offer tools for discussing prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing, as well as tips on assisting students individually in each of those steps. Other material discusses research important to teaching the writing process, and strategies for giving feedback on final products. Reproducible posters and lessons are included throughout the book. Also provided are writing resources for students."Reference & Research Book News

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