Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts

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.

Product Features

  • Pub Date: November 28, 2011
  • Paperback
  • 264 pages
  • Bibliography, Index, Table of Contents, Illustrated

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    By KC on December 30, 2017

    As Practical as a Swiss Army Knife First, a few facts of life about English teachers: 1.) They’re busy people. They endure one of the biggest paper burdens of any discipline, and they often have neither the time nor the patience for a professional development book pushed their way for consumption during the school year. 2.) If they DO bother reading a PD book, it had better be more practical than theoretical. Teachers are borrowers by nature. Activities and strategies thought out in advance and laid out logically in a book…

    By Anonymous on December 30, 2017

    I have been searching for a practical “guide” to use as I prepare a new 12th grade writing course that focuses on the modes of writing. Rather than use the traditional names for the modes, Gallagher divides his chapters into real-life writing purposes (express and reflect; inform and explain). Every chapter offers suggestions for assignments (each with a creative flair). HIs book is helping provide the framework for my course and the inspiration to move beyond literary analysis to…

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