Teaching Adolescent Writers

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Stenhouse Publishers, 2006 - Education - 200 pages
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In an increasingly demanding world of literacy, it has become critical that students know how to write effectively. From the requirements of standardized tests to those of the wired workplace, the ability to write well, once a luxury, has become a necessity. Many students are leaving school without the necessary writing practice and skills needed to compete in a complex and fast-moving Information Age. Unless we teach them how to run with it, they are in danger of being run over by a stampede--a literacy stampede.

In Teaching Adolescent Writers, Kelly Gallagher, author of Reading Reasons and Deeper Reading, shows how students can be taught to write effectively. Kelly shares a number of classroom-tested strategies that enable teachers to:

  • understand the importance of teaching writing;
  • motivate young writers;
  • see the importance modeling plays in building young writers (modeling from both the teacher and from real-world text);
  • understand how providing choice elevates adolescent writing (and how to allow for choice within a rigorous curriculum);
  • help students recognize the importance of purpose and audience;
  • assess essays in ways that drive better writing performance.

Infused with humor and illuminating anecdotes, Kelly draws on his classroom experiences and work as co-director of a regional writing project to offer teachers both practical ways to incorporate writing instruction into their day and compelling reasons to do so.


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User Review  - J.Davidson - LibraryThing

As an aspiring ELA teacher, there are many things I'm excited about and just as many that make me really nervous. I've felt a calling to teach English for some time now, as I want to genuinely help ... Read full review

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#bookaday Having only skimmed this book previously, I enjoyed reading this professional resource in depth in preparation for my return to work this fall. Gallagher highlights many excellent strategies ... Read full review


Running with the Literacy Stampede
Overcoming The Neglected R Establishing a Time and a Place to Write
Beyond the Grecian Urn The Teacher as a Writing Model
Elevating Student Writing Using RealWorld Models
Beyond Fake Writing The Power of Choice
The Importance of Purpose and Audience
Using Assessment to Drive Better Student Writing
The Literacy Stampede Is upon Us
Vocabulary Used in a Writing Classroom
YesNo Authors Argument Chart
Writing SmallerFunneling Chart
Topic Blast
The Big Eight Purposes for Writing
Independent Correction Sheet
Spelling Demons Chart
Essay Scoring Rubric

Twenty Books Every Teacher of Writing Should Own
Reading a Movie Chart
Authors Purpose Chart
Twentyfive Prompts for Timed Writing Practice
Great Quotes About Writing
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About the author (2006)

Kelly, a "baseballoholic" and a self-described expert at negotiating airports, is in his 33rdnbsp;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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