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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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Illustrations are indicated by an italicized page number. A activities, list of, 162–177 overview, 162 athletes’ writing workshop, 163–67, 165 bookmarks with quotations and technical advice, 176 Bridges: cross-age project, 167–170 College Writing Expectations, 177 community writing evenings, 175 fundraisers for writing causes, 173 hallway passes, 88–89, 174 informational websites, 175–76 interviews for story ideas, 172 literary café, 172 literary magazine, 173 Major League Writing Day, 163 movie reviewers writing group, 174 newspaper column, 172 pitching services to school staff, 173 poetry pass, 175 professional writers’ discussions, 175 public library partnership, 176 reading student works in assisted living facilities, 172 SAT seminars, 162–63 SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), 176 University/Secondary School Collaborations, 176 writing buddies, 174 Writing Careers Night, 176 writing center newsletter, 173 writing contests, 170–71 writing handbook, 174 writing workshops, 172–73 yearbook/newspaper staff, 172 Adams, Jill, 31 “Adapting the High School Writing Center Model for Virtual Education” (Brownlow), 14 advice on starting a writing center, 118–19 200 a guide to creating student-staffed writing centers “Age of Student-Run Writing Centers, The” (Goldfarb), 28–29 Allen, Dawn, 162 Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring, The, 63, 139 appointments and attendance systems, 105 “Ashley” (Winthrop’s coaching star), 137–38 athletes’ writing workshop, 163–67, 165 atmosphere, 92 Austin, Jeffrey, 14, 57, 59 “Avoiding Plagiarism” (Purdue OWL), 156 B Bay Area Writing Project, 138 “Bay City Central High School Training Guide,” 68–69 Because Writing Matters (Nagin), 22–23 Bedford Guide...

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