Cohesive Writing: Why Concept Is Not Enough / Edition 1

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Overview

To write cohesively means doing many things at once-wrestling with ideas, balancing form and function, pushing words this way and that, attending to syntax and diction, and employing imagery and metaphor until a coherent message emerges. Though full of promise, student writing typically lacks cohesion. But does the fault lie in students or does the method of teaching writing lack the cohesion it expounds?

Carol Jago offers an approach that is the very example of the kind of cohesion she expects from her students' writing. Neither a lock-step lesson plan nor a simple recipe, it is an organized, coherent method that works by offering clear and complete guidelines for the most common types of writing: informational and persuasive writing, narrative writing, and writing about literature. Jago's method centers on her core beliefs:

  • In order to learn to write, students must write.
  • Authentic tasks and topics generate the most cohesive student writing.
  • Students need both supportive and critical feedback.
  • There is no cohesive writing without revision. Complete with worksheets, rubrics, and graphic organizers, plus student samples and stories that are both engaging and familiar, Jago's book provides the strategies for teaching writing that result in significant student growth.

Send a message to students that cohesive writing matters not only as preparation for high-stakes tests, but also as a tool for life. Teach them cohesively and cohesive writing will follow.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A heartfelt thank you to Carol Jago for writing with clarity and passion, for raising the standard on how to help students meet Standards.”–Kylene Beers, Editor, Into Focus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867095319
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/19/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Jago has taught English in middle and high school for 32 years, is immediate past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, and serves as an associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. Carol served as AP Literature content advisor for the College Board and has published six books for teachers with Heinemann. She has also published four books on contemporary multicultural authors for NCTE's High School Literature series. Carol has written a weekly education column for the Los Angeles Times, and her essays have appeared in English Journal, Language Arts, NEA Today, as well as in other newspapers across the nation. She edits the journal of the California Association of Teachers of English, California English, and served on the planning committee for the 2009 NAEP Reading Framework and the 2011 NAEP Writing Framework. ยป Listen to an interview with Carol Jago on Education Talk Radio - 2/23/2012 (34:20)
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Table of Contents

Cohesive Writing - The Method

Teaching Informational and Persuasive Writing

Teaching Narrative Writing

4 . Writing About Literature

Cohesive Writing - The Product

Cohesive Writing Matters

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