Discipline: Professional Resources

Copyright: 2013

Grade(s): K - 5

Delivery Method: Print

Imprint: Heinemann

Author(s): Lester L Laminack, Reba M Wadsworth

The Writing Teacher's Troubleshooting Guide

“By its very design, a troubleshooting guide is intended to create ease of use, to build both competence and confidence of the user.  That is our goal in selecting this format.  The spare design compels us to think and to pare down our language to the bare essentials.  It requires the practical.”

—Lester Laminack and Reba Wadsworth

The 1970’s VW Beetle Owner’s Manual found in the glove compartment of every “bug” gave drivers security in knowing that whatever went wrong, there was always a quick fix to get them back on the road.  The Writing Teacher’s Troubleshooting Guide uses the same clear, concise format to offer practical ideas for helping students who may be out of gas, idling for too long, or just plain stuck in a rut.  Lester and Reba first help you “notice and name” particular struggles that writers may have, identify possible causes, and then offer specific tools to nudge writers toward their next level of development.  Their vast knowledge and appreciation for children’s literature is showcased in the mentor texts they suggest to support your teaching. 

Don’t let minor breakdowns stall your students’ writing journey.  With The Writing Teacher’s Troubleshooting Guide in your back pocket, you’ll always have a quick repair to keep them moving forward.