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Crunchtime: Lessons to Help Students Blow the Roof Off Writing Tests--and…

by Gretchen S. Bernabei

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After your workshop I jumped right in the very next day and did a kernel essay. I had students read their fifth sentence and their responses gave me chills! Today's flip books are going well too. I have not been this excited about teaching in a long time.
Sarah Turner, Language Arts Teacher, Oltman Junior High

Our Minnesota results are back. My 9th graders had a passing rate of 78%, compared with 58% school wide. I wanted 100% of course, but I'm convinced that next year we can get close using the trail of breadcrumbs method and other strategies. Thank you so much for what you taught me!
Dianne Lee, English Teacher/Writing Coach, Arlington Senior High

I grabbed your ideas and ran with them....Our students earned more 3 TAKS {Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills] scores than the previous year and we were exemplary across the board in writing! Crunchtime was exactly where we were! I know we can do even better if we use the strategies the entire year! You are contagious! We are looking forward to next year and starting the year using FIT, the kernel essay, and lightening in a bottle.
Stephanie Pendola, Grade 4 Language Arts Teacher/ESL Liason, Lamkin Elementary

With over 75 years of combined teaching experience, Gretchen Bernabei, Jayne Hover, and Cynthia Candler have made it their mission to craft writing lessons that are healthy for kids, promote lifelong literacy, and coincidentally, help students blow the roof off of state test scores. In Crunchtime they share the fantastic results of this dynamic collaboration. Organized around the writing process selecting topics, crafting drafts, and polishing finished pieces explicit lessons engage student writers while shoring up the gaps between learning and testing. In addition to providing classroom-tested strategies that help students grow as writers, Gretchen, Jayne, and Cynthia also provide a wealth of crunchtime tools (rubrics, reproducibles, and writing samples) and minilessons that will help you teach strategically and position your students for success on their state writing tests and beyond.

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