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Close Calls, Near Misses, and Direct Hits: Stories of Fear, Failure, and Agony By Matthew Byars
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This book is the result of a long process that started on the first day of school, when these sixth graders first began writing in their daily journals. It was their first, tentative step in... More > gathering ideas, finding their voice, and exploring things that interested them as writers. Students had direction on topics, but also choice. Some 30-odd journal entries, four essays, and multiple drafts later, you are now holding in your hands the tangible results of their efforts: writing that represents many different writing “modes,” or means of written communication -- narrative, descriptive, expository -- and a piece of writing by each 6th grader that employs all three of them, at a minimum. While this book represents the pinnacle of these young writers’ achievement so far this year, it is just a step in the long process of growing as a writer that will continue through this year, into the next, and through the years after that.< Less
Close Calls, Near Misses, and Direct Hits: Stories of Fear, Failure, and Agony By Matthew Byars
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This book is the result of a long process that started on the first day of school, when these sixth graders first began writing in their daily journals. It was their first, tentative step in... More > gathering ideas, finding their voice, and exploring things that interested them as writers. Students had direction on topics, but also choice. Some 30-odd journal entries, four essays, and multiple drafts later, you are now holding in your hands the tangible results of their efforts: writing that represents many different writing “modes,” or means of written communication -- narrative, descriptive, expository -- and a piece of writing by each 6th grader that employs all three of them, at a minimum. While this book represents the pinnacle of these young writers’ achievement so far this year, it is just a step in the long process of growing as a writer that will continue through this year, into the next, and through the years after that.< Less
The Student-Edited Student Anthology of Student Writing by Students By Matthew Byars
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This book was edited by the authors. Each author selected two of his favorite writing pieces from his portfolio for submission, the choices being imitations of poems (Billy Collins' “on... More > Turning Ten” or “First Reader,” Gary Soto's “Oranges,” or Paul Schneider's “The Thumb”), imitations of the “Tables for Two” restaurant reviews from The New Yorker, imitations of Dan Lewis' “Now I Know” web series, or a personal narrative piece.< Less