In an increasingly demanding world of literacy, it has become critical that students know how to write effectively. From the requirements of standardized tests to those of the wired workplace, the ability to write well, once a luxury, has become a necessity. Many students are leaving school without the necessary writing practice and skills needed to compete in a complex and fast-moving Information Age. Unless we teach them how to run with it, they are in danger of being run over by a stampede—a literacy stampede.
In Teaching Adolescent Writers, Kelly Gallagher, author of Reading Reasons and Deeper Reading, shows how students can be taught to write effectively. Kelly shares a number of classroom-tested strategies that enable teachers to:
understand the importance of teaching writing;
motivate young writers;
see the importance modeling plays in building young writers (modeling from both the teacher and from real-world text);
understand how providing choice elevates adolescent writing (and how to allow for choice within a rigorous curriculum);
help students recognize the importance of purpose and audience;
assess essays in ways that drive better writing performance.
Infused with humor and illuminating anecdotes, Kelly draws on his classroom experiences and work as co-director of a regional writing project to offer teachers both practical ways to incorporate writing instruction into their day and compelling reasons to do so.
"Grounded in the philosophy of teaching writing as a process, Gallagher's book offers a wealth of ideas for middle and high school writing teachers. This book will take its place alongside other well-thumbed titles on the writing teacher’s bookshelf." - Education Review
"Infused with humor and enhanced with illustrative anecdotes, Teaching Adolescent Writers is an ideal addition to college and university curriculums for aspiring English teachers." - Midwest Book Review
Running with the Literacy Stampede 1
Overcoming "The Neglected 'R'": Establishing a Time and a Place to Write 25
Beyond the Grecian Urn: The Teacher as a Writing Model 47 Chapter 4 Elevating Student Writing: Using Real-World Models 73
Beyond Fake Writing: The Power of Choice 89
The Importance of Purpose and Audience 119
Using Assessment to Drive Better Student Writing 141
A Closing Thought: The Literacy Stampede Is upon Us 169
Twenty Books Every Teacher of Writing Should Own 172
Reading a Movie (Chart) 173
Author's Purpose (Chart) 174
Twenty-five Prompts for Timed Writing Practice 175
Vocabulary Used in a Writing Classroom 179
Yes/No (Author's Argument Chart) 180
Writing Smaller/Punneling (Chart) 181
Topic Blast 182
The Big Eight Purposes for Writing 183
Independent Correction Sheet 184
Spelling Demons (Chart) 185
Essay Scoring Rubric 186
Great Quotes About Writing 187
Works Cited 189
I have seen Kelly Gallagher present about this book at a conference. He is a high school English teacher, using all of these great ideas in his own classroom. This book is one that I refer to on a weekly basis in my 7th grade ELA classroom. He has great ideas and ideas that you can immediately use. This should be a must read/must own book for every ELA teacher.
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