Glover, a literacy consultant and former principal, and Berry, a teacher and literacy consultant and former literacy specialist and instructional leader, show elementary teachers how to think through, or project, how a unit of study in a writing workshop could unfold, and be more flexible and responsive in their teaching by creating their own units, rather than following a set of plans or units created by someone else. They consider the importance of responsive teaching, differences between projecting and planning, organizing teaching into units of study, how projecting a unit prepares teachers to support writers, the projecting process, and each of its steps: choosing units, studying mentor texts and finding teaching possibilities, determining primary and secondary goals, projecting mini-lessons and anticipating issues, and responding and reflecting during and after a unit. They provide an example unit throughout. There is no index. Annotation c2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Matt Glover is a full time educational consultant and coauthor with Kathy Collins of I Am Reading. He is the author of the Heinemann title Engaging Young Writers, coauthor with Mary Alice Berry of Projecting Possibilities for Writers, and coauthor with Katie Wood Ray of Already Ready and Watch Katie and Matt…Sit Down and Teach Up, a video enhanced ebook that combines video and text to examine conferring with young writers. A nationally known literacy consultant, Matt is a frequent presenter at conferences and in school districts on topics related to nurturing writers and supporting children's intellectual growth and development. Matt has been an educator for over 20 years, including 12 years as the principal and instructional leader of Creekside Early Childhood School. Matt lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and four children.Mary Alice Berry is coauthor with Matt Glover of the new Heinemann title Projecting Possibilities for Writers. She is an experienced early childhood educator with thirty-four years experience. She has worked as a literacy specialist, media specialist, and instructional leader. Currently she is a first grade teacher at Shawnee Early Childhood School in West Chester, Ohio. Inside the classroom, Mary Alice's work focuses on developmentally appropriate practices that foster the intellectual as well as the academic growth of students. Outside, she conducts many literacy workshops and lives in Trenton, Ohio with her husband and two dogs.