Teaching Adolescent Writers

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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    By Colorado Dreamin’ on July 04, 2017

    Another Outstanding Work from a Master Teacher As an 8th grade language arts teacher, I have found _Deeper Reading_ and _Reading Reasons_, Gallagher’s other teaching titles, to be positively indispensible, so I expected nothing less from his latest work. Once again, Gallagher delivers! This is a straightforward, practical, and yes, funny, book for effective writing instruction in secondary classrooms. Gallagher’s fresh, ready-to-use strategies are based upon what he calls the “six pillars of writing success,” which are:-students…

    By MThomas on July 04, 2017

    Thank You, Mr. Gallagher! This excellent teaching guide easily earns five stars from me for clarity of composition; reproducible, customizable, ready-to-use forms; ease of implementing ideas in classrooms; thoroughness of methodology; and reasons for doing certain things. What more could a teacher need?I was pleased to see the VERY helpful quote from Ron Strahl, director of South Basin Writing Project, which pinpoints a foundational problem with students’ inability to write. “The Strahl factors,” as…

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