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Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers

Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers Description:

em I believe each of my students must craft an individual reading life of challenge whim curiosity and hunger and em em I ve discovered that it is not too late in high school to lead a non reader to reading It s never too late em em em Penny Kittle br br Penny Kittle wants us to face the hard truths every English teacher fears too many kids don t read the assigned texts and some even manage to slip by without having ever read a single book by the time they graduate As middle and high school reading declines college professors lament students inability to comprehend and analyze complex texts while the rest of us wonder what do we lose as a society when so many of our high school graduates have no interest in reading em anything br em In em Book Love em Penny takes student apathy head on first by recognizing em why em students don t read and then showing us that when we give kids books that are right for them along with time to read and regular response to their thinking we can create a pathway to satisfying reading that leads to more challenging literature and ultimately a love of reading br With a clear eye on the reality of today s classrooms Penny provides practical strategies and advice on br br br increasing volume capacity and complexity over time creating a balance of independent reading text study and novel study helping students deepen their thinking through writing about reading building a classroom library with themes that matter to st century kids em Book Love em is a call to arms for putting every single kid no exceptions allowed on a personal reading journey But much more than that it s a powerful reminder of why we became English teachers in the first place our passion for books Books matter Stories heal The right book in the hands of a kid can change a life forever We can t wait for anyone else to teach our students a love of books it s up to us and the time is now If not you who br For information about the Book Love Foundation which provides classroom libraries to deserving teachers and schools visit booklovefoundation org

Rating: 3.44 out of 5

Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing

Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing Description:

Please join us in congratulating Penny Kittle for her NCTE Britton Award for Write Beside Them br br This book is about teaching writing and the gritty particulars of teaching adolescents But it is also the planning the thinking the writing the journey all I ve been putting into my teaching for the last two decades This is the book I wanted when I was first given ninth graders and a list of novels to teach This is a book of vision and hope and joy but it is also a book of genre units and minilessons and actual conferences with students Penny Kittle What makes the single biggest difference to student writers When the invisible machinery of your writing processes is made visible to them Write Beside Them shows you how to do it It s the comprehensive book and DVD that English language arts teachers need to ensure that teens improve their writing Across genres Penny Kittle presents a flexible framework for instruction the theory and experience to back it up and detailed teaching information to help you implement it right away Each section of Write Beside Them describes a specific element of Kittle s workshop br br br Daily writing practice writer s notebooks and quick writes br Instructional frameworks minilessons organization conferring and sharing drafts br Genre work narrative persuasion and writing in multiple genres br Skills work grammar punctuation and style br Assessment evaluation feedback portfolios and grading br All along the way Kittle demonstrates minilessons that respond to students immediate needs and her Student Focus sections profile and spotlight how individual writers grew and changed over the course of her workshop In addition Write Beside Them provides a study guide reproducibles writing samples from Penny and her students suggestions for nurturing your own writing life and a helpful FAQ Best of all the accompanying DVD takes you right inside Penny s classroom Its video clips explicitly model how to make the process of writing accessible to all kids Penny Kittle s active coaching and can do attitude alone will energize your teaching and inspire you to write with your students But her strategies expert advice and compelling in class video footage will help you turn inspiration into great teaching Read Write Beside Them and discover that the most important influence for all young writers is their teacher Write Beside Them debuts as the field s most comprehensive contemporary and practical book on high school writing Kittle not only tells how a skillful writing teacher operates she shows you on the accompanying DVD with clips of kids at work in every stage of a writing workshop And all this glorious teaching happens with real sometimes struggling kids who remind us of our own classrooms and students Write Beside Them is the whole package Harvey Daniels Author of Content Area Writing and Subjects Matter Click here to view a sample video from the DVD

Rating: 3.72 out of 5

The Greatest Catch: A Life in Teaching

The Greatest Catch: A Life in Teaching Description:

i Read Kittle s stories of teaching and learning Then write your own I plan to i br Tom Romano author of i Crafting Authentic Voice i br br For twenty years Penny Kittle has woven together artful teaching and a love of language celebrating the written word with classes from elementary school through graduate school Now she shares the stories of students with whom she s celebrated struggled and learned More than a teaching memoir i The Greatest Catch i is a close up look at how to teach powerful lessons and how to learn powerful lessons from teaching especially from teaching writing br br Kittle teaches her students that writing is a tool for developing their intellectual academic and emotional selves and in these essays she shows how both she and her students lives have been profoundly influenced by writing You ll look over her shoulder as she tries to win over a mischievous third grader works with a fifth grade alcoholic and attempts to make sense of her profession as she watches secondary students drop out of school And in each instance you ll see how writing can provide an outlet for difficult feelings build connections and community or foster resiliency in writers of any age br br Best of all i The Greatest Catch i is a model for your own professional development In addition to her inspirational and pragmatic stories Kittle includes Craft Notes that demonstrate how she composed her essays so that you can use the same strategies for your classroom life You ll find these tools immediately useful for structuring reflective writing that helps you uncover the many layers of meaning in your work just as Kittle herself has br br Join Penny Kittle in the journey of a teaching lifetime and learn from her experience Begin with any essay in i The Greatest Catch i or read it cover to cover You ll find that no matter where you start you ll end up at the same place inspired to teach write and learn

Rating: 3.66 out of 5

Public Teaching: One Kid at a Time

Public Teaching: One Kid at a Time Description:

i Penny Kittle is an extraordinary teacher who writes And because she has taught in classrooms ranging from first grade through high school these short essay stories show the full range of what it means to teach today i br br Don Graves has this to say about Penny Kittle having seen her at work He also believes that it is in the shared story teacher s and student s that solutions exist in an era that maximizes measurement that sees scores and standards as the norm Penny sees way beyond the numbers She appreciates faces lives passions and very difficult personal struggles And she responds in her teaching and writing br br With this captivating collection of essays Penny takes us straight from her classroom to our own hearts Penny wrests from the teacher s life its trials and triumphs frustration fury and fun all the emotional data that opens up her mind to good solid instruction It also frees her making her ever willing to lay herself open to her students She writes with them seeks their help and teaches them by example showing them exactly what the function of writing is and how to think understand and read differently as writers themselves Penny s mentor Donald Murray interviews her at the end of her book He asks how as a mother wife and teacher she found the time to write and what she has learned as a published writing teacher br br Read Penny s stories and be reminded of the importance of your work as a teacher Think of the stories of your own you could tell Notice how you will observe your students differently Cheer for their accomplishments and your own as you tackle the difficult work of learning together

Rating: 3.56 out of 5

Children Want to Write: Donald Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing

Children Want to Write: Donald Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing Description:

em Children Want to Write em is a collection of Donald Graves most significant writings paired with recovered video tapes that illuminate his research and his inspiring work with teachers See the earliest documented use of invented spelling the earliest attempts to guide young children through a writing process the earliest conferences This collection allows you to see this revolutionary shift in writing instruction with its emphasis on observation reflection and approaching children em as writers em br Read Chapter Follow the Child

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

My Quick Writes: For Inside Writing

My Quick Writes: For Inside Writing Description:

Part writer s notebook and part sourcebook i My Quick Writes i includes more than sixty of Donald Graves favorite and most effective prompts for practicing and reflecting on your own writing processes Graves and Penny Kittle walk you through how to do Quick Writes and the role they play in their own writing and teaching Then they offer you ample personal space for doing them yourself You ll try out new ideas techniques and genres such as br br br thinking and writing from different points of view writing poems putting together personal narratives turning favorite or poignant letters into essays creating fiction In addition Graves and Kittle present seventeen prompts to try with your students With these prompts you ll connect the experience of doing Quick Writes on your own to your students experiences with them while at the same time helping children prepare for timed writing tests without giving over your writing workshop to test prep br br i My Quick Writes i is the hands on way to practice and reflect on your writing process as you implement the apprenticeship model for teaching writing described in i Inside Writing i Even if you don t consider yourself a writer join Donald Graves and Penny Kittle and learn more about your writing and that of your students with i My Quick Writes i

Rating: 3.44 out of 5

Inside Writing: How to Teach the Details of Craft

Inside Writing: How to Teach the Details of Craft Description:

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Rating: 3.40 out of 5

The Confident Writing Teacher: Cultivating Meaningful Writing in Middle School

The Confident Writing Teacher: Cultivating Meaningful Writing in Middle School Description:

em If you are currently a member of the teaching profession it is very likely that you were never taught to write em em Shocked Think about it Certainly we wrote but what did writing instruction look like when you were a kid Do you remember receiving any I do not remember being taught to write My language arts teachers focused on those things that could be measured and counted as right or wrong like parsing sentences identifying linking verbs and making sure those darned participles didn t dangle em br br If Shelley Barker s description rings true then you know that students need more than corrections to thrive as writers In this practical and uplifting guide Shelley invites you into her classroom and shares br br br guidance for nurturing yourself as a writer strategies for building a community of writers in your classroom tools for building lessons and addressing areas of student need models of feedback that motivates writers rubrics that make assessment valuable to students em Take what you need from your writing past the positive experiences the times when you felt successful the times when writing made sense to you and leave the rest the red ink the negative or empty comments the references to your spelling and penmanship em Shelley says em We need to produce confident writers who when faced with difficult writing tasks may not know how to begin but trust that they have the skills and perseverance to find the way em

Rating: 3.60 out of 5