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A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6–12, Revised Edition

Richard Kent

A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 612, Revised Edition is a how-to and, ultimately, a why-to book for middle school and high school educators as well as for English/language arts teacher candidates and their methods instructors. This revised and updated International Writing Centers Association 2006 Book of the Year shows writing centers as places where writers work with each other in an effort to develop ideas, discover a thesis, overcome procrastination, create an outline, or revise a draft. Ultimately, writing centers help students become more effective writers. Visit any college or university in the United States and chances are there is a writing center available to students, staff, and community members. Writing centers support students and busy teachers while emphasizing and supporting writing across the curriculum.


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Foreword by Amber Jensen and Andrew Jeter ix Acknowledgments xiii Preface xv Chapter 1. Introduction 1 Chapter 2. Planning and Organizing 19 Chapter 3. Staffing and Training 37 Chapter 4. Operating a Writing Center 83 Chapter 5. Working Drafts: Writing Centers in Action 109 Chapter 6. Resources and Activities 149 Chapter 7. Conclusion 179 Appendices 185 Bibliography 197 Index 199

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