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Tough Talk, Tough Texts: Teaching English to Change the World

Tough Talk, Tough Texts: Teaching English to Change the World

by Cindy O'Donnell-Allen, Jimmy Santiago Baca
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ISBN-13: 9780325026404
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 08/23/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 626,694
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tough Talk, Tough Texts extends Cindy O'Donnell-Allen's commitment to helping English teachers transform students' lives and, in turn, our world. She has pursued this goal in a variety of roles, including: - more than a decade as a classroom teacher - author of The Book Club Companion - Associate Professor at Colorado State University and Director of its Writing Project - former Co-Chair of the National Writing Project's Teacher Inquiry Communities Network. Cindy and Tough Talk, Tough Texts are featured in the NWP Radio's episode on teaching about the 10th Anniversary of the attacks on September 11th.

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Tough Talk, Tough Texts: Teaching English to Change the World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
After carefully establishing her argument that teaching English can indeed change the world and help support and develop social justice, Cindy O’Donnell-Allen draws upon a variety of research and scholarship to serve as the foundation for implementing a teaching strategy she calls Civil Discourse Sequence. With appropriate nods to culturally responsive teaching and progressive pedagogy, O’Donnell-Allen explains that focusing instruction around values of empathy, compassion, and agreeable disagreement can help students transfer these skills to other life contexts outside of school that will serve them—and culture in general—well, effecting the development of a kinder, more humane world. Moreover, she shares practical instructional strategies and techniques for achieving these goals as she explains how to choose “tough texts” that will facilitate the “tough talk” that students need to learn how to manage in order to navigate our increasingly complex world. It’s a rather ambitious and aspirational premise, but her sincerity is persuasive. So persuasive, in fact, that I plan to implement some of these strategies in the course I teach for pre-service ELA teachers. Recommended for pre-service and in-service ELA teachers and teacher educators.