Ann Marie Corgill is a 2007 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Donald Graves Award for Excellence in Teaching of Writing. She teaches first grade in Hoover, Alabama and has also taught (and learned with) first through fourth graders in New York, NY; Birmingham, Alabama; and Bronxville, New York. Corgill has presented at local and national conferences on writing instruction in the primary grades and contributed to articles for NCTE's journal, Primary Voices.
From the pages of Of Primary Importance, Corgill sweeps you into the energy, sights, and sounds of the primary classroom. She invites you in to “breathe the writing workshop air” with her. Corgill shares how she guides her primary students into deep and meaningful explorations of a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction and how the classroom community develops into eager and independent writers speaking with clarity, voice, and an understanding of the power and purposes of writing.
The heart of the book provides detailed units of study on poetry, nonfiction, and fiction writing that demonstrate the writing workshop process at work. She shares wonderful examples of her favorite texts for teaching various writing crafts, gathering ideas for classroom organization, accessing materials and resources, as well as suggestions for publishing student work and professional resources and inspiring empowered student samples.