Saturday, April 11, 2009

AWARD NOMINEE: Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4 -8

WooHoo! Teaching the Story is a finalist in the picks for 2009 Association of Educational Publishers Achievement Awards!

In case you're wondering, I did not write this extraordinary book. Carol Baldwin did.

Teaching the Story is chocked full of exercises for various aspects of writing. The books opens with an overview on creative writing. From there it moves into a series of mini lessons on setting, plot, characters, dialogue and more!

And the bonus? It comes with a CD that contains printable exercises for students to use!

The second edition of Teaching the Story (the first editon is subtitled Fiction Writing in Middle School) is more inclusive in that it brings in the 4th grade level. In North Carolina, where 4th graders take writing assessments, this is absolutely a PLUS!

Also in this edition, Carol collaborated with technology instructor, Steve Johnson. Together they developed and beta-tested writing sessions that use technology such as wikis and virtuals worlds.

It's no wonder this book is getting the attention of award committees!

Carol, by the way, is an excellent writing teacher. She brings energy, affirmation, critical thinking and a boatload of expertise to the classroom writing experience.

She's conducted writing sessions with teachers at NCCAT, NWRESA, at school and library conferences, and with students in the classroom and in homeschool groups.

Do visit her literacy focused blog and do explore the idea of bringing her to your school for a day or more of writing!

Carol enjoying a story with friends at the library.


  1. Is that me you're blogging about? Geesh!

  2. Oh, I'm glad you recognized yourself!

  3. Sounds like something I need. Can a 42 year old get a hold of this book?

  4. How do you get a copy of the book? Do you have a copy?


  5. Kathy and Nathan, you can get a copy from Amazon.

    And yes,I have a copy! I used it for creating my character for my WIP and it brought out totally unexpected and useful things!