I just received a mailing from my school over the weekend with our summer professional reading. There’s an excerpt from The Art of Teaching Reading, as well as a copy of Leah Mermelstein‘s book Don’t Forget to Share: The Crucial Last Step in the Writing Workshop. I’ll probably start the book later this week, but, just like I always do, I flipped through it this morning to see what it was all about. It’s pretty short, but seems to be full of useful ideas about process, craft, progress, content, and editing sharing.
Since many of my students often struggle with making meaningful, constructive comments on their peers’ writing, my eyes got stuck on page 95 of Mermelstein‘s Book. Pages 95 – 97 contain lists of prompts that kids can use when they comment on a peer’s writing. I can see myself creating scaffolding charts, for use in the early fall, to help model the phrases children can use to comment on their peer’s work. Further, I think some of these prompts can be carried over into Morning Meeting Share Times when a child takes “Questions or Comments” at the end of his/her share.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).