A New Look at the Interactive Writing Classroom: Methods, Strategies, and Activities to Engage Students

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R&L Education, Jun 16, 2011 - Education - 224 pages
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Teaching students how to write more effectively is a goal that English teachers of all levels share. How can you motivate your students to produce their best writing, think critically, and participate more actively in class? How can you conduct workshops in your classroom that create a more dynamic, interactive, student-centered environment? This practical, comprehensive guide to teaching writing offers English teachers a variety of new, classroom-tested instructional activities, workshops, lesson plans, journal entries, teaching strategies, and creative assignments to use in their classrooms, including modified mini-lessons and group discussions that engage students and stimulate critical thinking. Emphasizing the proven benefits of cooperative learning, the book includes step-by-step instructions for special writing workshops on invention strategies, critical reading, thesis statements, draft feedback, narrative writing, debates, outlining, introductions, proofreading and editing, and much more. Topics also include how to coach students, manage problematic students, attack plagiarism, and deal with student evaluations.
 

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Contents

BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS
1
Chapter 02 HOW CAN YOU DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH SUCH A DIVERSE GROUP OF STUDENTS?
7
Chapter 03 CHANGING YOUR STUDENTS ATTITUDES TOWARD WRITING AND READING
29
Chapter 04 HOUSTON WE HAVE A READING PROBLEM
41
Chapter 05 USING POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT TO MOTIVATE YOUR STUDENTS
51
Chapter 06 LESSONS FROM THE PRACTICE FIELDS
59
Chapter 07 BECOMING MORE AUTHENTIC IN THE CLASSROOM
71
Chapter 08 SHOULD YOU REALLY TEACH WRITING AS A PROCESS?
75
Chapter 13 ENSURING SUCCESSFUL WORKSHOPS IN YOUR CLASS
115
MY FIVE FAVORITE WORKSHOPS
127
Chapter 15 WORKSHOPS TO HELP YOUR STUDENTS WRITE MORE EFFECTIVELY
133
Chapter 16 HOW TO MAKE YOUR STUDENTS BETTER EDITORS AND PROOFREADERS
147
Chapter 17 THE TEXTBOOK CAN BECOME YOUR STUDENTS FRIEND
155
Chapter 18 USING MODIFIED MINILESSONS TO CONVEY INFORMATION EFFECTIVELY
161
Chapter 19 GROUP DISCUSSIONS DONT HAVE TO CRASH AND BURN
173
Chapter 20 DEBATES MOTIVATE YOUR STUDENTS TO WRITE RESEARCH PAPERS
181

Chapter 09 HEY DUDE WHY CANT YOU FOLLOW DIRECTIONS?
83
Chapter 10 MAKING WRITING MORE FUN FOR YOUR STUDENTS
91
Chapter 11 GETTING YOUR STUDENTS TO MASTER THE NARRATIVE
99
MAKING STUDENTS MORE ACCOUNTABLE
111
Chapter 21 ATTACKING PLAGIARISM IN YOUR CLASSROOM
195
HAS TEACHING BECOME A POPULARITY CONTEST?
205
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
211
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Writing specialist Steve Sharp has a Master's degree in English and advanced training in composition instruction. He has taught a variety of courses at the secondary and college levels and was named an 'Excellent Instructor' and 'Natural Helper' for his work in the classroom.

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