Pssst…Do you want to be a writing thief?

The Writing Thief by Ruth Culham [International Reading Assn. 2014]

The Writing Thief by Ruth Culham [International Reading Assn. 2014]

When you write, revise (endlessly), and eventually publish, it’s very scary to know your words and thoughts are “out there” in the world for all to read and criticize.  So, imagine the courage it takes for me to say,  “I love this book.”  Creating The Writing Thief  was a joy ride for me from beginning to end, and I think the voice and ideas in the book reflect it.  I’ve never been as happy writing as when I was working on this text.  Seriously.  The early reviews have been swift and overwhelmingly good.

The Writing Thief  takes using mentor texts in new directions and with new purpose.   It has wonderfully insightful passages about using reading to teach writing from some of your favorite authors and mine:  Kate Messner, Ralph Fletcher, Nicola Davies, Lester Laminack, Toni Buzzeo, Lisa Yee, David Harrison, and Lola Schaefer.

It has over 90 books and everyday text citations and teaching ideas organized by mode (narrative, informational, opinion/argument) and by the four key qualities of each trait (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation).  It has updated writing research and thoughts about the Common Core State Standards.

I really do love everything about this book including the cover and the title.  Most of all, it has my heart on every page.  I hope it finds a place in yours, too.

XO  Ruth

About Ruth Culham

RUTH CULHAM has written more than 40 books and best-selling resources illuminating both writing and the reading-writing connection for countless educators around the globe. Her groundbreaking work with the writing traits and writing from reading is the culmination of 40 years of research, practice, and passion. Ruth’s most recent books, The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing and Dream Wakers: Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture, are available from Stenhouse Publishers. She also conducts professional development for schools and districts and writes a regular column for The Reading Teacher.
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