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Expository Playbook for Elementary: Coaching Toward Stronger Writing (spiral-bound)

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Prepare your students for the specific expectations of the STAAR test’s expository writing section, while keeping them engaged and confident.

Be the coach your students need you to be by helping them develop into satisfactory and accomplished writers. Expository Playbook for Elementary: Coaching Toward Stronger Writing is an all-inclusive resource that uses best-practice strategies to prepare students for testing day. It includes student-centered coaching strategies, strong and weak writing models to use as examples, published informational text models, prompts, and annotated sample student essays. These sample essays have been culled from TEA scoring guides and Region 13 student submissions, and come with instructional notes to help any classroom teacher guide students toward stronger writing.

You’ll find coaching strategies for improving focus, organization, development of ideas, progression, and language and conventions. This book gives you the tools you need to focus your writing instruction on the expectations of the STAAR expository essay.



The Expository Playbook for Elementary was produced by Janet Hester, an ELAR Specialist at Region 13. Janet is the author of the Expository Playbook for Elementary and Secondary. She works, writes, and guides professional development with her career experiences in mind. She started her career teaching at Travis High School in Austin ISD. There, she learned from strong teacher mentors how to empower students to feel in control of their lives and academic success, how to build trust and relationships with students, how to laugh with them and create a felicitous and engaging English classroom. She works to use those early lessons about community to build connections with her teacher colleagues. Upon that foundation, she and educators work to share strategies for teaching the power of literature and communicating ideas through writing. 

Spiral-bound, 180 pages