It’s been said that mediocre writers borrow, but great
writers steal. Writing thieves read widely, dive deeply into texts, and steal
bits and pieces from great texts as models for their own writing. Ruth Culham
admits to being a writing thief – and she wants you and your students to become
writing thieves, too!
Students learn more about reading and writing when we use
mentor texts to explore how writing works. Within this book, you’ll discover
more than 90 excellent mentor texts along with straightforward activities that
can help you teach the traits of writing across the informational, narrative
and argument modes. Ruth presents exceptional examples of children’s literature
and everyday texts, organised around the key qualities of the writing traits,
that can give your students clear, enjoyable examples of good writing – which
they can then pinch and pilfer as models for their own writing.
Chapters also include brief essays from favourite writing
thieves – Lester Laminack, David L. Harrison, Lisa Yee, Nicola Davies, Ralph
Fletcher, Toni Buzzeo and Lola Schaefer – detailing the reading that has
influenced their own writing.
Ruth’s warm, easy-going style and friendly tone make this a
book you’ll turn to again and again as you guide your students to reach their
full potential as deep, thoughtful readers and great writers. There’s a writing
thief in each of us when we learn how to read with a writer’s eye!