A Closer Look:   Learning More About Our Writers with Formative Assessment

A Closer Look: Learning More About Our Writers with Formative Assessment

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In A Closer Look, Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty provide the tools and strategies you need to use formative assessment in writing workshop. Through Lynne and Diane’s ideas, you will be able to establish an environment where students will internalize ways that they can assess their own writing and become independent writers.

Lynne and Diane share methods for collecting and managing information, and show practical, simple, and concise ways to document student thinking. In the accompanying online videos, they demonstrate conferences with individual writers, small groups, and whole groups. Quick, easy-to-manage assessment methods emphasize that formative assessment does not have to take a long time to be worthwhile and effective. Vignettes from classroom teachers, principals, and authors add a variety of perspectives and classroom experiences on this important topic.

A Closer Look shows that when students are in charge of their own writing process and set and reach their own goals, writing becomes a vibrant, energetic part of the day.


"Getting feedback is just as important as giving it. In A Closer Look, Lynne and Diane provide tools, anecdotes, and ideas that will support writing teachers of all grade levels. An engaging read and must have book for teachers who want to see more growth in their students’ writing."-- Cris Tovani

Grades:  K-6

Additional Information

Author Lynne Dorfman and Diane Esolen Dougherty
Publisher Stenhouse
Publication Date 2017
Edition No
Pages 200
ISBN13 9781625311337