Teaching Writing in Middle School

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Author: Beth Means

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 209

View: 726

Introduce middle school students to the joy of writing with this treasury of inspiring ideas, practical lessons, examples, games, and resources. Step-by-step guidelines and helpful tips for educators are combined with numerous writing and prewriting activities for students - from "braindancing" and "zoom lens" to "downhilling." The result is a complete teaching package that offers a variety of approaches to motivate middle school students.

Smart Writing

Practicle Units for Teaching Middle School Writers

Author: Laura Robb

Publisher: Firsthand

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 586

View: 622

Teaching Middle School Writers

What Every English Teacher Needs to Know

Author: Laura Robb

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 333

View: 172

"My whole goal with this book was to come at teaching writing from the angle that matters most: students' perspective. They taught me what I needed to know to make this book live up to their passion for writing." -Laura Robb "Laura Robb's book has the feeling of a classified document smuggled out of the teen nation about their writing lives in and outside of school. And this top-secret information, this remarkable intelligence she has gathered comes not a minute too soon. Her findings are fascinating-and important, for she translates these findings into practice for us, showing us how adolescents' need for choice and responsibility can fit within lessons on using mentor texts, style, grammar, revision, editing, and familiar classroom structures." -Jim Burke, Author of What's the Big Idea? Adolescents have robust and rewarding writing lives outside of school that involve journals, emails, text messages, blogs, and an astounding array of genres. Unlike their personal reading lives that teachers frequently tap into, their personal writings typically exist under the curricular radar-that is until now. While grounded in the common schedule constraints and curriculum demands of middle school, Laura Robb' s Teaching Middle School Writers offers teachers lessons and routines that are uncommonly attuned to adolescents' developmental and social needs. As she taps into the energy and enthusiasm of adolescents' personal writing lives, Laura presents: - writing plans that support first drafts - strategies for crafting leads that grab and endings that satisfy - grammar lessons that address writing conventions - editing lessons that have students revise their writing before the teacher reads it - guidelines for grading and responding to student work. Straight-from-the-classroom writing samples and videos give teachers the opportunity to see how Laura uses compelling questions and powerful mentor texts to teach writing, support struggling writers, and weave twenty-first century literacies into the writing curriculum. Throughout, teachers learn ways of connecting to students' lives in order to bring out their best writing, their best self. Book study groups and professional learning communities, click here to save when you order 15 copies of Teaching Middle School Writers. A $427.50 value for $363.38. Save $64.12

Teaching Writing in the Middle School

Common Core and More

Author: Anna J. Small Roseboro

Publisher: R&L Education

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 230

View: 642

More than 670,000 middle school teachers (grades 6-8) are responsible for educating nearly 13 million students in public and private schools. Thousands more teachers join these ranks annually, especially in the South and West, where ethnic populations are ballooning. Teachers and administrators seek practical, time-efficient ways of teaching language arts to 21st-century adolescents in increasingly multicultural, technologically diverse, socially networked communities. They seek sound understanding, practical advice, and proven strategies in order to connect diverse literature to 21st-century societies while meeting state and professional standards like the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. This book offers strategies and resources that work.

Teaching Writing Genres Across the Curriculum

Strategies for Middle School Teachers

Author: Susan Lee Pasquarelli

Publisher: IAP

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 225

View: 992

This volume showcases the efforts of real teachers using the teaching events from real middle school classrooms. Included is the work of eight hard-working middle school teachers who are convinced that the form and function of genre is a way to teach writing across the middle school curriculum. Each chapter contains sample lessons, protocols, classroom instructional materials, and assessment tools to provide middle school teachers with an approach to explore rigorous expository writing instruction in their own classrooms.

In the Middle

A Lifetime of Learning about Writing, Reading, and Adolescents

Author: Nancie Atwell

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 629

View: 920

With 80 percent new material, In the Middle, Third Edition brings Nancie Atwell's methods up to date. Nancie guides newcomers to a rich, satisfying practice while sharing her latest innovations and refinements with those who have made In the Middle their teaching touchstone.

The Middle School Writing Toolkit

Differentiated Instruction Across the Content Areas

Author: Tim Clifford

Publisher: Maupin House Publishing, Inc.

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 178

View: 389

The Middle School Writing Toolkit addresses the 5 major writing genres that middle-school students are expected to master - reports, persuasive essays, how-to (procedural) essays, narratives, and literary responses - and provides 57 mini-lessons and more than 200 workstation tasks to start English teachers well on their way to creating a successful writing program in the classroom.

Using Benchmark Papers to Teach Writing With the Traits

Middle School: Grades 6-8

Author: Ruth Culham

Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 96

View: 101

Trait expert Ruth Culham has collected, assessed, and annotated a set of 36 student papers that can be used as the focus of trait-based writing lessons. This unique resource also contains a CD with PDFs of all the papers and 12 interactive whiteboard activities that guide students through the key qualities of a paper; students simply press the color-coded buttons at the bottom of each page, and information about the key quality is displayed and the corresponding text in the paper is highlighted. Interactive whiteboard activities on CD! Time-saving resource!

Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools

Author: Jim Blasingame

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 949

Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools provides research-based and standards-based strategies–as well as classroom-tested activities–all in one book. Covering the core fundamentals of exemplary practices in the teaching of writing, this book demonstrates writing processes and the use of rubrics, with authentic samples taken directly from students' writing portfolios. Readers are also given valuable information on teaching grammar and spelling, curriculum planning, service learning, and community and parental involvement–all through the lens of teaching writing.

Traits of Writing

The Complete Guide for Middle School

Author: Ruth Culham

Publisher: Teaching Resources

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 336

View: 595

Provides teachers with trait-specific assessment materials, including scoring guides, benchmark papers, and sample conference comments, along with warm-up exercises, focus lessons, and activities for the middle school classroom.

Teaching Writing in Chinese Speaking Areas

Author: Mark Shiu-Kee Shum

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 272

View: 456

One of the most civilized nations in history, China has a long-standing writing tradition and many Chinese texts have become world treasures. However, the way the Chinese teach writing in various countries in contemporary times is little known to the outside world, especially in Western countries. Undoubtedly, the Chinese have had an established traditional method of writing instruction. However, recent social and political developments have created the perception amongst both practitioners and researchers of a need for change. Whilst certain socio-political changes, both in Mainland China and in the territories, acted as agents for reform of the teaching of composition, the shape these reforms are taking has been due to many different influences, coming both from inside the countries themselves and from foreign sources. Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore have each developed their own approach to the teaching of composition. Teaching Writing in Chinese Speaking Areas aims to provide an accurate picture of the diverse composition teaching contexts and approaches in these four regions and countries. This is the first book that systematically introduces recent developments in teaching composition in Chinese-speaking areas. It outlines current theories and paradigms originating both in the West and in China and Chinese-speaking territories and the way in which these have been adapted to suit the various cultural contexts and learning environments. The overview is of relevance not only to the East, but throughout the world.

Teaching Writing

Effective approaches for the middle years

Author: Tessa Daffern

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 352

View: 355

In the 21st century, writing is more important than at any other time in human history. Yet much of the emphasis in schooling has been on reading, and after the early years, writing skills have been given less attention. Internationally, too many children are leaving school without the writing skills they need to succeed in life. The evidence indicates that students rarely develop proficiency as writers without effective teacher instruction. Teaching Writing offers a comprehensive approach for the middle years of schooling, when the groundwork should be laid for the demanding writing tasks of senior school and the workplace. Teaching Writing outlines evidence-based principles of writing instruction for upper primary students and young adolescents. It presents strategies that are ready for adoption or adaptation, and exemplars to assist with designing and implementing writing lessons across the middle years of school. It addresses writing from a multimodal perspective while also highlighting the importance of teaching linguistic aspects of text design such as sentence structure, vocabulary and spelling as foundations for meaning-making. Contributors argue that students need to continue to develop their skills in both handwriting and keyboarding. Examples of the teaching of writing across disciplines are presented through a range of vignettes. Strategies for assessing student writing and for supporting students with diverse needs are also explored. With contributions from leading literacy educators, Teaching Writing is an invaluable resource for primary, secondary and pre-service teachers.

Teaching Secondary English

Readings and Applications

Author: Daniel Sheridan

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 370

View: 545

This new edition of Teaching Secondary English is thoroughly revised, but its purpose has not changed. Like the popular first edition, it balances content knowledge with methodology, theory with practice, and problem-posing with suggested solutions. The tone and format are inviting, while addressing student-readers on a professional level. Rather than attempting to cover everything, the text provides a framework and materials for teaching a secondary English methods course, while allowing considerable choice for the instructor. The focus is on teaching literature, writing, and language--the basics of the profession. Attention is given to the issues that arise as one seeks to explore what it means to "teach English." The problems and tensions of becoming a teacher are discussed frankly, in a manner that helps students figure out their own attitudes and solutions. Features: * Focuses on a few central concepts in the teaching of secondary English * Provides an anthology of 22 readable and challenging essays on key topics--allowing students to hear a variety of voices and opinions * Includes an applications section for each reading that extends the discussion and asks students to explore problems and grapple with important issues related to the articles * Offers short writing assignments in questions that follow the readings and in brief writing tasks in the applications, and a longer writing assignment at the end of each chapter * Addresses student readers directly without talking down to them New in the Second Edition: * This edition is shorter, tighter, and easier to use. * The opening and concluding chapters more directly address the concerns of new teachers. * The anthology is substantially updated (of the 22 articles included, 14 are new to this edition). * Each essay is preceded by a brief introduction and followed by questions for further thought. * There are fewer applications, but these are more extensive and more fully integrated within the text. * A writing assignment is provided at the end of each chapter. * Interviews with college students--before and after student teaching--are included in Chapters 1 and 6. * The bibliographies at the end of each chapter are fully updated.

Essay Writing

Teaching the Basics from the Ground Up

Author: Jock Mackenzie

Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 94

View: 303

The skills required to write an essay are the same skills required to write a speech, to prepare a persuasive argument, to prove a point, or to explain an idea. If we can help our students acquire these skills as we teach “the essay,” we will have assisted them in accomplishing truly valuable life skills. Essay Writing contains easy-to-incorporate lessons along with tips for teaching specific concepts that range from pre-writing exercises to revising and editing to celebrating the final product. This down-to-earth look at the foundations of good essay writing is full of useful ideas and strategies that help students: build skills in writing on a wide range of topics; distinguish between formal and informal writing; use effective pre-writing techniques such as brainstorming, making an outline,gathering information, and evaluating the relevance of information; gain confidence as they begin to recognize what works and what doesn't. The book incorporates a wide range of innovative approaches to teaching essay writing — from how to “picture” and “act out” an essay to a winning format for a topic sentence and using scattergrams to turn brainstorming into constructive outlines. Throughout the book, assessment tools and marking keys support simple marking techniques that consider not just the final essay, but effort and time on task.

Teach Writing Well

How to Assess Writing, Invigorate Instruction, and Rethink Revision

Author: Ruth Culham

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN:

Category: EDUCATION

Page: 224

View: 697

Ask successful writers and they'll tell you, the key to writing well is revision. Ask elementary school teachers and they'll tell you, the real challenge of writing instruction is teaching kids how to revise. Ruth Culham is both a successful writer and a writing teacher, and she's discovered how to teach writing and revision in a way that's accessible to both teacher and students: First read the writing, assess it using the traits of writing, then teach the writers and guide revision decisions using traits as a common language and map. This book shows you how to assess and teach writing in a way that's practical and doable--and best of all, see results. Part 1 walks you through the traits of writing and their key qualities, showing step by step how to read students' writing and offer feedback that nudges them forward through the revision process. Chapters will help you address challenges students face within each mode of writing (narrative, expository, persuasive), and provide tools young writers can use to evaluate their own writing and make revision decisions accordingly. Part 2 dives into instruction, offering specific guidance for how to use what you've learned from reading student writing to design lessons that scaffold students toward making their own craft decisions and revisions. In addition, there's an entire chapter devoted to mentor texts that you can use to model traits and key qualities for your students.

Teaching Writing Genres Across the Curriculum

Strategies for Middle School Teachers

Author: Susan Lee Pasquarelli

Publisher: Information Age Pub Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 210

View: 168

This volume showcases the efforts of real teachers using the teaching events from real middle school classrooms. Included is the work of eight hard-working middle school teachers who are convinced that the form and function of genre is a way to teach writing across the middle school curriculum. Each chapter contains sample lessons, protocols, classroom instructional materials, and assessment tools to provide middle school teachers with an approach to explore rigorous expository writing instruction in their own classrooms.