Tough Talk, Tough Texts: Teaching English to Change the World available in Paperback
Tough Talk, Tough Texts is a catalyst for reminding all of us who work with young people about the danger of throwing away the lifeblood of our students' interior worlds and our own dreams of changing the world for the better.... Tough Talk, Tough Texts insists that we offer students books that are not simply larger, bulkier Hallmark cards but that instead challenge them to consider difficult issues, pushing them to think deeply and grow. Jimmy Santiago Baca
Strategic reading, critical examination, and civil discourse aren't just for college preparedness-they are life skills. In Tough Talk, Tough Texts Cindy O'Donnell-Allen shares small-group instruction whose goal is to give kids the ability not merely to succeed academically, but to change their world.
This isn't impractical idealism. Cindy shows step-by-step how to leverage challenging texts on challenging issues to maximize engagement and increase students' agency in reading and in life. Best of all, she shares all the know-how and nitty-gritty you'll need:
- scaffolds for whole-class and small-group discussions
- methods for grouping students, setting norms, and using response tools strategies that sustain independent discussions and document them
- multiple techniques for summative assessment
- reproducible resources such as handouts, assignment sheets, and scoring guides.
Tough Talk, Tough Texts is about helping students grow as readers as they use texts to answer the big questions about themselves, their peers, and their world. "With careful preparation," writes Cindy O'Donnell-Allen, "students can learn to pose and discuss such questions, to listen and respond with empathy, and to implement strategies that will allow them to become more critical and strategic readers, writers, and thinkers."
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.