Revision Strategies for Adolescent Writers

Author: Jolene Borgese
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 141299425X
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Supported by the Common Core State Standards, the 30+ strategies in this book include pre-writing planning, peer conferencing, modeling effective revision, and using technology.

Teaching Adolescent Writers

Author: Kelly Gallagher
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571104224
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"Describes strategies for teaching writing to adolescents, including teaching the reasons writing is important, meeting student needs in learning writing, modeling good writing by the teacher, using real-world models of writing, giving students choice, writing for authentic, real-world purposes, and assessing student writing"--Provided by publisher.

The Oral History Project

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Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN:
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The Oral History Project is a complete guide to a proven, effective oral history project that will motivate and engage your students, connect them to their community, and teach them valuable, lifelong skills. In addition, The Oral History Project includes a CD that can be used by individual teachers or staff developers to become familiar with the essential components of the project. It demonstrates how this multidimensional learning experience works in the classroom and also contains sample projects from the authors' home state and communities.

Writing for Understanding

Author: The Vermont Writing Collaborative
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1483511308
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Writing for Understanding is for teachers. The book lays out a manageable, effective approach to teacher planning so that students have access to all of those elements, especially the first three, before they sit down to write. Based on the principle of “backward design” (Wiggins and McTighe), it conceptualizes planning for writing instruction in terms of key elements. These are: Central Ideas What is it that I want students to understand about this content? What understandings about the craft of writing do I want them to grasp? Focusing Question What question will I pose so that students can see how to approach this thinking/writing in a specific, appropriate, manageable way? Building and Processing Working Knowledge How am I going to make sure that students know enough about this subject by the end to actually be able to write about it? Structure How will my students know how to construct/build this piece of writing so that their thinking is clear, both to them as writers and to the readers of their work? Writing How will my students draft/revise so that their final writing is clearly focused, organized, and developed to show understanding of the central ideas? In the book, we will explain each of these elements in detail, making ample use of student work and teacher think-alouds as we go. In the Introduction, we lay out the argument for paying close attention to the role of understanding in the composition process. Chapter One takes a close look at what we mean by “effective writing” and explains the Writing for Understanding approach to planning and instruction in greater detail. In Chapter Two, we begin examining each planning element listed above, working with the idea of planning for a focus for student thinking and writing. Chapter Three explains the importance of planning for the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in both content and writing craft, and offers examples of what this can look like. In Chapter Four, we examine the role of structure in writing and show some ways in which teachers can plan for structure in writing. Chapter Five works with drafting and embedded revision (formative assessment on the part of both student and teacher). Chapter Six examines the question of transfer, moving away from guided instruction to more independent work. And transfer is the ultimate goal of Writing for Understanding: the point where students have internalized the ability to write effectively and can apply it in new situations. The authors of Writing for Understanding remind us throughout this thorough and practical book that the best writing depends upon clear and vital ideas about a subject - not simply practiced skill in stringing pretty sentences together. As the authors so succinctly put it, “Many problems in writing are really problems in understandng: students often know little about what they are trying to write.”

Write Beside Them

Author: Penny Kittle
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325078175
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book is about teaching writing and the gritty particulars of teaching adolescents. But it is also the planning, the thinking, the writing, the journey: all I've been putting into my teaching for the last two decades. This is the book I wanted when I was first given ninth graders and a list of novels to teach. This is a book of vision and hope and joy, but it is also a book of genre units and minilessons and actual conferences with students. -Penny Kittle What makes the single biggest difference to student writers? When the invisible machinery of your writing processes is made visible to them. Write Beside Them shows you how to do it. It's the comprehensive book and companion video that English/language arts teachers need to ensure that teens improve their writing. Across genres, Penny Kittle presents a flexible framework for instruction, the theory and experience to back it up, and detailed teaching information to help you implement it right away. Each section of Write Beside Them describes a specific element of Penny's workshop: Daily writing practice: writer's notebooks and quick writes Instructional frameworks: minilessons, organization, conferring, and sharing drafts Genre work: narrative, persuasion, and writing in multiple genres Skills work: grammar, punctuation, and style Assessment: evaluation, feedback, portfolios, and grading All along the way, Penny demonstrates minilessons that respond to students' immediate needs, and her Student Focus sections profile and spotlight how individual writers grew and changed over the course of her workshop. In addition, Write Beside Them provides a study guide, reproducibles, writing samples from Penny and her students, suggestions for nurturing your own writing life, and a helpful FAQ. Best of all, the online videos take you right inside Penny's classroom, explicitly modeling how to make the process of writing accessible to all kids. Penny Kittle's active coaching and can-do attitude alone will energize your teaching and inspire you to write with your students. But her strategies, expert advice, and compelling in-class video footage will help you turn inspiration into great teaching. Read Write Beside Them and discover that the most important influence for all young writers is their teacher. Penny was the recipient of the 2009 NCTE Britton Award for Write Beside Them.

Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy

Author: Nancy Dean
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412979803
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Directly linked with overall student achievement, graduation rates, and success in higher education, literacy is essential for reaching academic goals in a school or county. Adolescent literacy has become the focus of many school improvement efforts to meet the needs of secondary and high school students. Without the requisite expertise in literacy, administrators and other school leaders charged with literacy improvement initiatives need a systemic and sustained approach for improving student literacy and learning. Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy presents a concrete, user-friendly, and practical guide to developing, implementing, and monitoring a schoolwide or county-wide literacy action plan. Readers will find rubrics, tools, and processes developed and field-tested by the authors over more than 10 years of close work with schools across the country.

Writing Spaces

Author: Charles Lowe
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781602351844
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Annotation Volumes in WRITING SPACES: READINGS ON WRITING offer multiple perspectives on a wide-range of topics about writing. In each chapter, authors present their unique views, insights, and strategies for writing by addressing the undergraduate reader directly. Drawing on their own experiences, these teachers-as-writers invite students to join in the larger conversation about the craft of writing. Consequently, each essay functions as a standalone text that can easily complement other selected readings in writing or writing-intensive courses across the disciplines at any level. Volume 2 continues the tradition of the previous volume with topics, such as the rhetorical situation, collaboration, documentation styles, weblogs, invention, writing assignment interpretation, reading critically, information literacy, ethnography, interviewing, argument, document design, and source integration. All volumes in the series are published under a Creative Commons license and available for download at the Writing Spaces website (http: //www.writingspaces.org), Parlor Press (http: //www.parlorpress.com), and the WAC Clearinghouse (http: //wac.colostate.edu/). Charles Lowe is Assistant Professor of Writing at Grand Valley State University where he teachers composition, professional writing, and Web design. Pavel Zemliansky is Associate Professor in the School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University.

The Write to Read

Author: Lesley Roessing
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412974267
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Use reader response strategies to help students build understanding of complex literary and informational text, and provide supporting evidence in their writing—all goals of the Common Core.