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Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts

Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts

by Kelly Gallagher
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If you want to learn how to shoot a basketball, you begin by carefully observing someone who knows how to shoot a basketball. If you want to be a writer, you begin by carefully observing the work of accomplished writers. Recognizing the importance that modeling plays in the learning process, high school English teacher Kelly Gallagher shares how he gets his students to stand next to and pay close attention to model writers, and how doing so elevates his students' writing abilities. Write Like This is built around a central premise: if students are to grow as writers, they need to read good writing, they need to study good writing, and, most important, they need to emulate good writers.

In Write Like This, Kelly emphasizes real-world writing purposes, the kind of writing he wants his students to be doing twenty years from now. Each chapter focuses on a specific discourse: express and reflect, inform and explain, evaluate and judge, inquire and explore, analyze and interpret, and take a stand/propose a solution. In teaching these lessons, Kelly provides mentor texts (professional samples as well as models he has written in front of his students), student writing samples, and numerous assignments and strategies proven to elevate student writing.

By helping teachers bring effective modeling practices into their classrooms, Write Like This enables students to become better adolescent writers. More important, the practices found in this book will help our students develop the writing skills they will need to become adult writers in the real world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571108968
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 54,406
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 9 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kelly, a "baseballoholic" and a self-described expert at negotiating airports, is in his 33rd year of teaching at the high school level.

He currently teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California.

He believes that "there is no greater pleasure than teaching someone something." Teaching is "artistic, it matters a great deal, and I can never get the job down perfectly."

Kelly thinks that professional development should treat teachers as such - professionals. "I know in the classroom that good things happen when my students have meaningful discussions. I know as a teacher myself that my craft sharpens when I am given the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with my peers. And let's have a laugh or two while we are at it."

Writing his six books for Stenhouse was a solitary experience. "Though I have written outlines prior to each of my books, I have yet to follow any of them step-by-step. That is why I find writing rewarding - because the act of writing itself generates new thinking, and new thinking is always exciting."

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey guys I started a writing contest at 'writing that' first three results. Hope u can join!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you guys experience at drawing in any srt of way? ((I got the song 'You're Gonna Go Far, Kid' stuck in my head.))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm artistic. And like to draw. One thing I like to draw is volcanos for some reason. Especially watercolor volcanos with steam coming out of them at sunset. Watercolor makes very good watet and sunsets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was the beginning if my story plz kep that in mind