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


Moving Writing to the Front Burner
Express and Reflect
Inform and Explain
Evaluate and Judge
Inquire and Explore
Analyze and Interpret
Take a StandPropose a Solution
Polishing the Paper
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Appendix 3
Appendix 4
Appendix 5
Appendix 6
Appendix 7
Appendix 8

The Wizard of Oz Would Have Been a Lousy Writing Teacher
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About the author (2011)

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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