September 7th, 2011
Are the students in your school writing enough to develop into skilled writers? Will their writing be good enough to get a desirable job and participate in civic life? What can you do to give writing the attention it deserves?
In his new book, Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts, Kelly Gallagher addresses the alarming discrepancy between the importance of writing and the low achievement demonstrated by the majority of the country’s adolescent writers. He argues that students need to be stretched beyond the types of writing required by most standards and tests to include real-world purposes and authentic models.
Write Like This shows you how to get students to buy into writing as a valuable and relevant skill, and provides practical ways to model for your students as they write to:
- express and reflect;
- inform and explain;
- evaluate and judge;
- inquire and explore;
- analyze and interpret;
- take a stand/propose a solution.
Kelly includes mentor texts throughout the book—professional samples and models he has written in front of his students—as well as a chapter on meaningful revision and editing.
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