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Teaching Adolescent Writers / Edition 1

Teaching Adolescent Writers / Edition 1

by Kelly Gallagher
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571104229
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 203,152
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 9 - 17 Years

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Running with the Literacy Stampede     1
Overcoming "The Neglected 'R'": Establishing a Time and a Place to Write     25
Beyond the Grecian Urn: The Teacher as a Writing Model 47 Chapter 4 Elevating Student Writing: Using Real-World Models     73
Beyond Fake Writing: The Power of Choice     89
The Importance of Purpose and Audience     119
Using Assessment to Drive Better Student Writing     141
A Closing Thought: The Literacy Stampede Is upon Us     169
Twenty Books Every Teacher of Writing Should Own     172
Reading a Movie (Chart)     173
Author's Purpose (Chart)     174
Twenty-five Prompts for Timed Writing Practice     175
Vocabulary Used in a Writing Classroom     179
Yes/No (Author's Argument Chart)     180
Writing Smaller/Punneling (Chart)     181
Topic Blast     182
The Big Eight Purposes for Writing     183
Independent Correction Sheet     184
Spelling Demons (Chart)     185
Essay Scoring Rubric     186
Great Quotes About Writing     187
Works Cited     189
Index     193

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MrsH More than 1 year ago
I have seen Kelly Gallagher present about this book at a conference. He is a high school English teacher, using all of these great ideas in his own classroom. This book is one that I refer to on a weekly basis in my 7th grade ELA classroom. He has great ideas and ideas that you can immediately use. This should be a must read/must own book for every ELA teacher.