Kelly gallagher and penny kittle new book
Giving Students the Right Kind of Writing Practice - Educational LeadershipGallagher and Kittle disrupt the mold of state-mandated testing as well as tightly bound curriculums and bring educators back to their original teaching philosophies. While many education texts provide quick-fix teaching strategies for a specific skill set, this book, as the title suggests, opens up a discussion on what days in the classroom looks like with engaged and motivated students. Gallagher and Kittle work together on lesson plans and teaching approaches in two very different environments—Gallagher in an urban, California school with a diverse student population and Kittle in a rural, New Hampshire school with a homogenous student population. They base their year of collaboration on research and core beliefs, all in hopes of sharing what they believe is most important: creating student readers and writers that are engaged, inspired, and curious about the world around them. Each section is then broken up into various chapters ranging from beliefs to mapping a year of writing to feedback and evaluation. Subheadings within each chapter make the reading experience easier to follow from a practical point, but break the narrative flow of the text. Each chapter mimics a textbook format; they include some figures, multiple headings, and subheadings to divide the content, and QR codes with links to supplemental audio and video materials.
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Almost all of our students have abandoned the regular reading of books. Let us say this again: Almost all of our students have abandoned the regular reading of books. A strong statement, for sure, but not one we have come to lightly. We have reached this conclusion after surveying our high school students, many of whom have come from years of classrooms focused only or mostly on the whole-class reading of difficult texts. In these environments, they have found alternatives to actually turning the pages. They are practiced in participating in fake discussions spun from reading SparkNotes summaries.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read., In Stock. With both the demands of time and the complexity of diverse students in mind, Kelly and Penny mapped out a year of engaging literacy practices aligned to their core beliefs about what matters most.
Our unit in writing a narrative lets students "spiral" back to skills learned earlier, giving them much-needed writing practice and confidence. The school year starts, and teachers open up the district's pacing guide, turn to the first quarter, and see that it is time to teach the narrative essay. They then spend weeks teaching kids to write one narrative essay. When that unit is over, they flip forward in the pacing guide and find that it's now time to teach the argument essay. They then spend weeks helping students to write one argument essay. And so on. All year, each teacher faithfully follows the pacing guide, and when the end of the school year arrives, students have written one essay in each of the genres typical of student writing assignments.