A Closer Look

Learning More About Our Writers with Formative Assessment

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.

You can create a quote by adding products to your cart and selecting Quote in checkout.
Shipping Details
In stock. Free ground shipping. No minimum.


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.

Go Digital with Stenhouse

We offer ebook editions for most of our print titles so you can access on your computer, tablet, or e-reader from several major retailers including Amazon and ebooks.com. View the full list of retailers here.

If you previously purchased an ebook from Stenhouse.com, they will remain available in your digital library. 


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

About the Author(s)

Lynne Dorfman is a co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project where she serves on the blog team.


Diane Esolen Dougherty lives with her husband in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of West Chester University and received a master's degree from Villanova University. While working on her degree at Villanova, she was a research scholar working with professors of English.

Product Details

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Media: 200 pp/paper + online videos
Year: 2017
Item No: 1133
ISBN: 978-1-62531-133-7
Hashtag: #CloserLookBook