Student-Centered Language Arts, K-12 / Edition 4

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Overview

Student-Centered Language Arts, K-12 is the fourth edition of a seminal text, first published in 1968. It is at once a textbook for college methods courses and a resource book for curriculum supervisors, language arts and reading coordinators, and above all, classroom teachers at all levels. It is arguably the most comprehensive, usefully detailed, and original textbook/resource book on English education.

The authors have significantly revised this edition to take account of current trends. They have dropped much of the rationale and theory, because the essentials of the approach they advocate no longer need justification-having been adopted in the last decade under such rubrics as whole language, reading in the content areas, writing across the curriculum, using language to learn, integrating the language arts, replacing basal readers with children's literature, cooperative learning and collaborative learning, process writing and process reading, writing response groups, peer editing, portfolio assessment, teacher-student conferencing, student empowerment, active learning, and critical thinking. Increasingly, verbal learning is allied to nonverbal media and arts that compete with and complement language, and all learning is placed in a social context.

The book is the centerpiece of life work devoted to curricular innovation and constitutes a truly original approach to the nature of discourse. It is cross-referenced to Moffett's equally original collection of anthologies that illustrate with both professional and student writing the reading, writing, talking, dramatizing repertories it stakes out - and to Moffett's other works that build on and extend Student-Centered Language Arts, K-12.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Arguably, one of those books to which the word "seminal" may be accurately applied.”–Composition Chronicle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867092929
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 12/2/1991
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 437
  • Age range: 5 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James Moffett is the author of Teaching the Universe of Discourse, Coming on Center: Essays in English Education (Boynton/Cook), Storm in the Mountains: A Case Study of Censorship, Conflict, and Consciousness, and senior editor with Betty Jane Wagner of Student-centered Language Arts, K-12 (Boynton/Cook). He is the editor of Points of View: An Anthology of Short Stories (with Kenneth McElheny), Points of Departure: An Anthology of Nonfiction, and co-editor of Active Voices: A Writer's Reader, I-IV (Boynton/Cook). The recipient of a Carnegie Corporation Grant and a Distinguished Author Award (1982) from the California Association of Teachers of English, Mr. Moffett has taught at Phillips Exeter Academy and served on the faculties of Harvard, UC/Berkeley, San Diego State, and Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English.

Betty Jane Wagner is a professor in the College of Education at Roosevelt University and director of the Chicago Area Writing Project. She is an internationally recognized authority on composition instruction and the educational uses of drama.

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Table of Contents

Orientation

Understanding Language Arts

Individualization, Interaction, Integration

Setting Up

Basic Processes

Talking and Listening

Informal Classroom Drama

Becoming Literate

Reading

Performing Texts

Writing

Evaluating

Kinds of Discourse

Word Play 12 . Labels and Captions

Directions

Actual and Invented Dialogue

Invented Stories

True Stories

Information

Ideas

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