Jenny Bender

Author and Literacy Consultant

Selected Works

Education Trade Book
A must-have for anyone who wants to teach young writers to craft focused, detailed and meaningful realistic fiction.
An essential handbook for educators who want to know what and how to teach their students to write well.


Teaching Young Writers to Craft Realistic Fiction: Ready-to-Use Lessons, Mentor Texts, & Ongoing Assessments
Teaching Young Writers to Craft Realistic Fiction offers detailed support for teaching K-3 students to generate focused, meaningful and detailed fiction. Jenny includes in-depth lessons; student samples at each stage of the writing process; rubrics for teacher and self-assessments, reproducible planning sheets and record-keeping systems; and step-by-step guidance on how to use published literature to teach as well as on how to create one's own demonstration texts.

The Resourceful Writing Teacher: A Handbook of Essential Skills and Strategies
The Resourceful Writing Teacher is a reference guide for teaching students the skills they need to compose powerful narrative and non-narrative texts and to use appropriate conventions. For each skill in The Resourceful Writing Teacher - from showing not telling to developing ideas to using paragraphs - Jenny provides a list of strategies one might teach to help writers reach their goals. Jenny illuminates each strategy by guiding teachers through precise minilessons, conferences, small-group strategy lessons and teaching shares.