I spent yesterday and will work again today putting final touches on my part of the presentation Mary Jo Fresch and I are making at NCTE tomorrow. I think we’re in good shape. Mary Jo has created a beautiful set of slides for our PorwerPoint. The main inspiration for this 75-minute talk springs from our just published book, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS. We’ll sign copies of the book at the Scholastic booth right after we finish.
We all know the importance of preparation before we begin something. A simple grocery list requires research. Do we need milk? Check the fridge. Soup? Check the pantry. Otherwise you may wind up with three jars of pickles as I have now. Try writing twenty-five words about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity without doing a little homework first. Kids in school spend more than 15,000 hours from K-12 getting ready for life, yet we don’t help them understand the importance of getting to write.
Our book was written to provide practical activities teachers can use to help their students learn what they can do to prepare before they begin writing. And that’s the subject of our presentation. Wish us luck!
The fall issue of THE MISSOURI READER just came out and I’m pleased to see the article by Mary Jo Fresch and me in it. This one springs from our new book, 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR SUCCESSFUL WRITING, the same subject we’ll present this month in St. Louis at NCTE. Here’s the link: https://joom.ag/HA9W
The journal is edited by Glenda Nugent and Sam Bommarito. I look forward to sharing breakfast with them at the conference.
One of the highlights of my trip to New York City came during my visit with Tara Welty and Marci McLarty at Scholastic Teacher References when I was handed my first copy of the new book co-authored with Mary Jo Fresch. I know you’ve seen the cover before but now the book is real at last and handsome and beautiful and wonderful and in my hands!
One of the elements I like most is the addition of teachers and their students to the book. I talk about how writers prepare to write. Mary Jo talks about how teachers can use these tips to help their kids learn how to prepare for their own writing. So far so good, but the proof of the value comes from real teachers working with real students to follow our suggestions and produce evidence of how they are applying what they learn. Hooray!
We are so grateful to Maria Blair, Lesley Conway, Patricia Cooley, Talitha Helming, Susan Hutchens, Dawn Licata, Yvonne Lustgarten, and Ken Slesarik for their patience, talent, and enormous help from first to last as our book developed slowly but surely. Thank you everyone. You’re the best! And so are your students!!
I checked Amazon.com yesterday and we already ranked 382 under “Composition and Writing.” Not a bad start for a book that technically isn’t available for a few more days.
I’m delighted to report that our David/Mary Jo book with Scholastic has now been released. See here: https://www.amazon.com/7-Keys-Research-Writing-Success/dp/1338153676/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508538175&sr=8-1&keywords=7+keys+to+research+for+writing+success . This book was years in the making but we are both pleased with the final version of our original vision.
Mary Jo, you are a wonderful writing partner and I look forward to our presentation on this same subject in St. Louis next month at NCTE. Thank you for all your smarts and great ideas!