Winning Ways of Coaching Writing: A Practical Guide to Teaching Writing Grades 6-12 / Edition 1

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This writing text is written for teachers by teachers, with each chapter offering practical ideas, strategies, and activities to help teachers coach successful writing. Winning Ways of Coaching Writing is one of the first books to directly address the unique needs of middle and high school pre-service and in-service writing teachers. The text includes chapters on writers with ADHD (Ch. 7), non-traditional ninth graders (Ch. 8), and the teaching of ESL students (Ch. 6) - all topics that have come into the forefront of issues faced by writing teachers of grades 6-12. The authors of the chapters have collaborated to create reader-friendly, pragmatic chapters that include lesson plans and activities designed for immediate application. For teachers of grades 6-12.

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Editorial Reviews

Written by teachers for teachers, this book presents strategies for teaching writing in the later grades. Each of 13 chapters presents a topic related to the task, describes the challenges involved, and offers solutions and approaches for success. These topics include forming a thesis, audience and voice, integrating grammar, technology, ESL, attention deficiency, state-mandated testing, grading, and diagnostics. An introductory chapter outlines the importance of writing to an education in the humanities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205308514
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/23/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

All chapters include “Introduction” and “References and Resources,” and many include appendices.




1.The Philosopher's Stone: Writing and the Humanities.

The Philosopher's Stone.

Writing and the Humanities: Implications and Activities for the Classroom.

Writing for Personal Growth.

Writing to Learn.

Writing to Make a Difference.

Creative Writing in Action.

In and About a Second Language.

Writing in the Applied Arts.

Evaluation and Self-Assessment.

Structuring Interdisciplinary Humanities Units.

Beyond Teaching Units: Writing and Humanity.

2.Thesis, Thinking, and Tying Together.

Definitions of Thesis.

Thesis Recognition Activity.

Classroom Consensus: Determining Workable Thesis Statements.

The Write-Around and Topic Selection.

3.Audience and Voice.



Topics for Composition.

Encouraging Students to Find Their Individual Voices.

4.No-Grammar and Grammar Appreciation: Two Approaches to the G-Word.

Two Approaches to Teaching Grammar.

The No Grammar Approach.

How to Teach No-Grammar.

The Grammar-Appreciation Approach.

How to Teach Grammar Appreciation.

Parts of Speech.


5.Technology: Power Tools for Writers.

Technology Integration in a High School Historiography Course.

Technology Integration in a Sixth Grade Writing Classroom.

Word Processing.

Internet: E-mail.

Internet: Beyond E-mail.

6.ESL and Dialects in the Writing Classroom.



7.Attention Deficiency in the Writing Classroom.

Using the Theme Park of the Writer's Mind for Successful Writing Exercises.

Characteristics of Students with ADD/ADHD.

Additional Ideas for Writing Exercises.

8.Working and Writing with Non-Traditional Ninth Graders.

The Learning Environment: A Glimpse of Jane's Classroom.

Some Characteristics of Nontraditional Freshmen.

Journal Writing and Literary Analysis.

Literature and the Teaching of Writing: Connecting to Students' Lives.

Strategies and Activities for Interpreting Reading through Creative Drama.

Writing beyond Exposition: Learning through Different Genres.

Using Play, Practice, and Performance in Writing Drama.

And Finally…

9.The Reading and Writing Transaction.

The Lottery.

The Reading and Writing Transaction.

Using Journals to Clarify Thinking.

Reading and Writing for Social Action.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Dead Poets Society.

Suggested Activities to Prepare Students to Write about Literature.

A Final Thought.

10.The State-Mandated Writing Test.

Dee Grantham's Narrative (High School English Teacher).

Mike Lodico's Narrative (High School English Teacher).

11.The Grading Game and the Teaching of Writing.

Toward Assessment-Based Writing.

Grading Systems for the Teaching of Writing.

The Perfect Grading System.

12.When Coaching Is Teacher to Teacher: The Collegial Journal.

The Journey.

Rationale: Why Journal?

What Journaling Is Not.

Pitfalls Exist; So Beware.

With Whom Might I Journal?

Journaling on Paper Won't Work? Try This….

Why Does the Collegial Journal Enrich the “I” Who Teaches?

But Then There Are Things That Make Your Heart Sing.

13.Learning to Diagnose and Prescribe for Success in Student Writing.

A Teacher Who Puzzled Me, and in Puzzling, Taught Me for Life.

Gentle Trickery in Teaching.

Fun, an Essential!

Everybody Writes, the Teacher Too!

Own What You Write.

Students Learn to Exercise Judgment.

Walk a Mile in the Students' Shoes.

Find Constructive Ways of Teaching.



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