Write Like this: Teaching Real-world Writing Through Modeling & Mentor Texts

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Stenhouse Publishers, 2011 - Education - 264 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - TJWilson - LibraryThing

I think it is imperative that I read at least one Kelly Gallagher book a year. Not only do they reinvigorate various teaching practices I hold dear, but his books also uplift my spirit in the face of the educational malaise created by the current standards and the tests that go with them. Read full review

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User Review  - Trent Mikesell - Goodreads

I love books written by practitioners because you can immediately apply the ideas. That is the case with this book. Although I don't agree with some of his philosophy, I do like most of his ideas. Great tips for writing teachers! Read full review

Contents

Moving Writing to the Front Burner
1
Express and Reflect
23
Inform and Explain
63
Evaluate and Judge
91
Inquire and Explore
115
Analyze and Interpret
135
Take a StandPropose a Solution
175
Polishing the Paper
203
Appendix 2
240
Appendix 3
241
Appendix 4
243
Appendix 5
245
Appendix 6
246
Appendix 7
247
Appendix 8
249
Bibliography
251

The Wizard of Oz Would Have Been a Lousy Writing Teacher
223
Appendix 1
239

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