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The Responsive Writing Teacher, Grades K-5

A Hands-on Guide to Child-Centered, Equitable Instruction
By: Melanie Meehan, Kelsey Sorum

Foreword by Cornelius Minor

Insights and customizable templates help you adapt and create tools for student-centered writing instruction informed by four domains of responsivity: academic, linguistic, cultural, and social-emotional.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071840641
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2021
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication date: March 09, 2021

Price: $32.95



“This book is an instructive call to action for all of us who need to be reminded of what hope enacted as classroom practice can look like.” — Cornelius Minor

Every classroom is shaped by the skills, languages, social and cultural identities, perspectives, and passions of the children within it. When you approach writing instruction with a deep understanding of children in your classroom, everything else—assessment, planning, differentiated instruction, mentor and shared texts—begins to fall into place. And you can teach writing with inclusion, equity, and agency at the forefront.

Authors Melanie Meehan and Kelsey Sorum show you how to adapt curriculum to meet the needs of the whole child. Each chapter offers intentional steps for responsive instruction across four domains: academic, linguistic, cultural, and social-emotional. Features include:

  • Inspiration, classroom examples, and scaffolded tips for creating individualized resources
  • Customizable information-gathering and planning tools, classroom charts, and writing samples
  • Space for making notes and working through ideas
  • Links to online content, including printable templates

Just as you adapt instruction to your students, this book adapts to you. The authors designed every guide, tool, and resource to be usable in its original form, or customized as you see fit. This indispensable resource will make responsive instruction actionable—and your students feel valued and heard as they recognize the possibility and power they have as writers.



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Melanie Meehan

Melanie Meehan has been the Elementary Writing and Social Studies Coordinator in Simsbury, Connecticut, since 2012. Within that position, she writes curriculum, works with teachers, and strives to send students off into the world as confident writers who love to express their ideas. Melanie is a co-author of Two Writing Teachers, a blog dedicated to the teaching of writing, as well as a regular contributor to Choice and Lead Literacy. She wrote Every Child Can Write, which was published by Corwin Press in October 2019, and she co-authored The Responsive Writing Teacher with Kelsey Sorum, which was published in 2021. You can reach Melanie on Twitter, @MelanieMeehan1.

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Kelsey Sorum

Kelsey Sorum spends each day co-constructing joyful, integrated literacy experiences alongside nearly thirty kindergartners at a progressive public school in the Brooklyn neighborhood where she lives. Kelsey teaches in a classroom that uses the Integrated Co-Teaching model. Kelsey has shared personal and professional writing on blogs for three years. This is her first published book. Kelsey’s work is featured in Kids First From Day 1, by Christine Hertz and Kristine Mraz, and Welcome to Writing Workshop, by Lynne Dorfman and Stacey Shubitz. Kelsey presents at local and national literacy conferences as an advocate for early childhood education.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Cornelius Minor

Letter from the Authors


A Shared Story

The Four Domains of Responsiveness

The Structure of This Book

Chapter 1: Collecting Information About the Writers in Your Classroom

Chapter 2: Planning Responsive Instruction

Chapter 3: Co-Constructing Responsive Charts

Chapter 4: Selecting Responsive Mentor Texts

Chapter 5: Providing Responsive Demonstration Texts

Chapter 6: Empowering Students to Make Their Own Tools and Resources




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