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What Folks Are Saying About . . . Writing Redefined

Posted by admin on Sep 1, 2020 12:24:09 PM

By allowing ourselves and our students to redefine writing, we redefine what it means to be a writer.  In Writing, Redefined: Broadening Our Ideas of What It Means to Compose, Shawna shows us how we can change what "counts" as writing by demonstrating the parallels between the alphabetic-heavy writing we've traditionally taught and other modes of composition.

What Folks Are Saying About Writing Redefined

Through Shawna’s unique approach, she illustrates how we can easily—and joyfully—incorporate these other modes of writing into existing curricula. Find out what some of the most well-respected, influential educators today had to say about this small, but mighty book.

"Shawna dangles before us delicious possibilities that will help all students find a way into The Literacy Club and bring instruction into the 21st Century."

Writers weave genres, images, sounds, formats, and increasingly modes of publication—it’s always some kind of mix. Students should have the same options. In Writing, Redefined, Shawna dangles before us delicious possibilities that will help all students find a way into The Literacy Club and bring instruction into the 21st Century.  —Thomas Newkirk

"Every child can join the writing club by making the magical, multimodal compositions Shawna shares.”

Writing, Redefined is the bold promise from Shawna Coppola for what  writing instruction can become in our classrooms. With a voice part savvy expert and part Rock and Roll, Shawna disrupts the writing canon with beauty, humor, joy, and justice. She reminds us that since the cave paintings, humans have been making their marks on the world in shapes, sounds, movements, and colors, and not just flat letters on a page. Every child can join the writing club by making the magical, multimodal compositions Shawna shares.” —Katherine Bomer 

"Her unique artist-as-writer perspective opens the door for a more inclusive, nuanced conversation around writing composition and authorial intent."

“Shawna Coppola brings an artistic, cinematic eye to the examination of our historical practices and beliefs rooted in the teaching of writing. Her unique artist-as-writer perspective opens the door for a more inclusive, nuanced conversation around writing composition and authorial intent. Writing, Redefined is a timely, smart, and joyful call to join alongside our students as they compose all the texts of their lives in this shared world.” —Maggie Beattie Roberts

“It’s time to expand our thinking when it comes to students as readers and writers. They are consumers and creators!"

“It’s time to expand our thinking when it comes to students as readers and writers. They are consumers and creators! Shawna helps us see why we need to make this shift and how to broaden the opportunities students have to show us what they know and can do.” —Jennifer Vincent

"You will be a better teacher of writers once you redefine writing."

"Do yourself a favor and order this book. Read it with colleagues. Grab your notebook and start experimenting with composition. You will be a better teacher of writers once you redefine writing."  —Angela Faulhaber, Literacy Coach

 

BLOG: Our Students Need a New Definition of Writing

Read this recent blog post that Shawna wrote for Middle Web Resources about why broadening our ideas about "writing" can create a more inclusive classroom culture.

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About Shawna Coppola

Shawna-2016-headshot-200x300Shawna Coppola has taught in public schools for almost two decades. She currently works as a national literacy consultant and speaker and is a volunteer teacher of 11-17 year-olds at a self-directed learning community in Dover, NH. When she is not teaching, she can be found dabbling with watercolors, writing comics, or exploring the beauty of her natural surroundings alongside her family.

 

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