RTI Meets Writer's Workshop
Tiered Strategies for All Levels of Writers and Every Phase of Writing
- Lisa Morris - Okaloosa County School District, FL
Foreword by Megan Sloan
Elementary Writing Methods
Tiered instruction for our neediest writers!
There’s no shortage of books on how to set up and run a writing workshop. But where’s the book on teaching our students who struggle most or just aren’t engaged? And where does RTI fit in?
Lisa Morris provides the answers in this practical resource on implementing tiered writing instruction in Grades 2–6. With strategies for each RTI tier, this how-to guide will help you
- Easily incorporate RTI within the writer’s workshop framework
- Nurture confident writers with well-crafted, differentiated lessons
- Plan daily, weekly, and year-long lessons with low-stress diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments
- Save time with engaging and effective curriculum-based measurement (CBM) techniques and tools
- Encourage student self-monitoring through action plans and self-assessments
- Tap students’ interests in targeted whole-group, small-group, and individual instruction
- Meet the needs of all students while transforming struggling writers into confident communicators
Add to that rich classroom examples, student samples, reproducible charts, and in-depth instructional guidance, making this is your ultimate RTI writing guide.
Lisa Morris is an elementary school teacher and teacher trainer for the Okaloosa County School District in Fort Walton Beach, FL. While researching for this book, Lisa kept four goals in mind: 1) focus on research-based differentiated instruction and strategies, 2) look closely at formative and summative assessments as well as curriculum-based measurements, 3) show how student assessment drives instruction, and 4) hold true to the foundations of the writer’s workshop.
“RTI Meets Writer's Workshop is the kind of book every elementary teacher should have. And don't worry—it will not sit on your shelf. You will use it daily to help guide you through the landmines of RTI and writer’s workshop.”
—Nancy Foote, Teacher
San Tan Elementary School, Gilbert, AZ
“Amongst all the theory-driven texts on RTI, this book provides a practical, hands-on approach to improving student's writing skills through RTI tier intervention. The author's approach is tried and true in the classroom and is easily adapted to other classrooms using the writer's workshop.”
—Gary L. Willhite, Professor of Teacher Education
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
"Amongst all the theory-driven texts on RTI, this book provides a practical, hands-on approach to improving student's writing skills through RTI tier intervention. The author's approach is tried and true in the classroom and is easily adapted to other classrooms using the writer's workshop."
"RTI Meets Writer's Workshop is the kind of book every elementary teacher should have. And don't worry—it will not sit on your shelf. You will use it daily to help guide you through the landmines of RTI and Writers' Workshop."
"This book is very timely and needed. From her teaching experience, the author offers hands-on, applicable ideas and information for teachers to use immediately."
"This book contains practical, classroom-proven strategies for growing writers in Grades 2-6. It is very easy to read and flows very well…feels like I am talking to the author personally. I can't wait to use these strategies with my students. As a teacher who doesn't feel confident teaching writing, I am excited about the ideas presented in this book."
"A well written, easy-to-read toolbox from someone who actually uses the strategies daily!"
"Have you ever wondered what to do to get any and every student to write so somebody would want to read it? This book has practical suggestions for everything from the actual writing to the publishing phase for all skill levels, including simple little things like writing at the appropriate slant (tape the page down) Now why didn't I ever think of that?! There are many gems like that included in this very readable book. Your writing instruction will never be the same!"
"Imagine snapping your fingers and instantly appears a teacher genie. In his hand is a motivating writing strategy perfectly customized for the lively students before him. RTI Meets Writer’s Workshop is truly a teacher genie."
"As a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, I am constantly searching for ways to improve my practice to best meet the needs of my students. RTI Meets Writer's Workshop was one of the best finds of my recent search."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1. A Powerful Writing Classroom: Three Tiers, Three Facets of Teaching W