Inspiring Student Writers: Strategies and Examples for Teachers

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Tom Scheft
IAP, 2009 - Education - 189 pages
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A volume in Literacy, Language, and Learning Series Editor Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt, Le Moyne College Okay, wait a minute. Does that title mean students need to be inspired . . . or they can be inspiring writers? How about both. Getting our students to write and write well is a process Tom Scheft explains and explores- offering practical and theoretical guidance, while providing uplifting, thought provoking examples of a writing assignment for students middle grades through master's level. An invaluable supplemental text for teacher education programs and in-service programs, Scheft mines his experience working with student writers in public schools and universities. He also covers the research-backed case for autobiographical, reflective writing, helping student writers understand and deal with rejection, and honest, practical strategies for dealing with dialect differences. Professors, English teachers, and students: This book will help enhance writing through time-tested, user-friendly strategies and powerful examples."
 

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Contents

WORKING WITH STUDENT WRITERS
1
AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN TEACHER PREPARATION The Internally Persuasive Discourse That Speaks With Authority
17
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL REFLECTIVE ASSIGNMENT
31
TEACHER AS SECRET AGENT
45
GRATITUDE GENEROSITY AND COMMUNITY
51
CONFRONTING THE FEAR WITHIN
59
TEACHER AS SCIENTIST TEACHER AS ARTIST
67
REFLECTIONS ON LANGSTON HUGHES MOTHER TO SON
75
A RENEWED SENSE OF LIFE
107
THE POWER OF IMAGINATION
113
FLYING LESSONS
123
THE POWER OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
129
TESTING THE SLEEPING GIANT
137
APPENDIX
143
CONFRONTING STEREOTYPING Understanding Why We Do It Considering What to Do About It
145
HELPING STUDENT WRITERS UNDERSTAND AND DEAL WITH REJECTION
159

IN THE BLOOD
87
THE BLACK TEACHER
93
DEALING WITH LIFE
101
DEALING WITH DIALECT DIFFERENCES Honest Concerns and Practical Approaches
177
ABOUT THE EDITOR
189
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