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ISBN-13: 978-1571104229 ISBN-10: 1571104224

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571104224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571104229
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Grounded in the philosophy of teaching writing as a process, Gallagher's book offers a wealth of ideas for middle and high school writing teachers. This book will take its place alongside other well-thumbed titles on the writing teacher’s bookshelf." - Education Review


"Infused with humor and enhanced with illustrative anecdotes, Teaching Adolescent Writers is an ideal addition to college and university curriculums for aspiring English teachers." - Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Kerry Gallagher is also a teacher with twenty one years of high school teaching experience behind him. He is currently a full-time teacher at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California

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I love when a book has so many ideas that WORK.
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This was used as a textbook in my teaching instruction class and I loved it!
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An easy read, very useful - this book is a must-have.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Colorado Dreamin' on July 7, 2007
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As an 8th grade language arts teacher, I have found _Deeper Reading_ and _Reading Reasons_, Gallagher's other teaching titles, to be positively indispensible, so I expected nothing less from his latest work. Once again, Gallagher delivers! This is a straightforward, practical, and yes, funny, book for effective writing instruction in secondary classrooms. Gallagher's fresh, ready-to-use strategies are based upon what he calls the "six pillars of writing success," which are:

-students need a lot more writing practice;
-students need teachers who model good writing;
-students need the opportunity to read and study other writers;
-students need choice when it comes to writing topics;
-students need to write for authentic purposes and to authentic audiences, and;
-students need meaningful feedback from both the teacher and their peers.

Gallagher offers ideas for daily in-class writing opportunities, activities to help generate high-interest topics, strategies for "attacking" on-demand writing, mini-lessons to guide students through deeper revision, alternatives to peer editing (which he says doesn't work), and suggestions for more effective grading. His lessons are geared to teach students the real-world writing skills they will need not just for success in the English classroom but for the long haul.

This is a must-have for veteran and novice teachers alike. I, too, have had the opportunity to attend one of Gallagher's workshops, and in my view, the man is simply genius. Through it all, Gallagher reminds us that we are not superhuman.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Teacher of Eight on February 22, 2007
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If you teach writing, you must buy this book. Gallagher gives the teacher something he/she can actually use- this book doesn't just talk about writing. Within the first 40 pages, the writing teacher is presented with useful teaching tools. An easy read, very useful - this book is a must-have.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 5, 2007
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In "Teaching Adolescent Writers", author and academician Kelly Gallagher draws upon his many years of expertise as a full-time English teacher at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, to show novice classroom instructors how to teach their students to write effectively. Gallagher offers classroom tested strategies for helping teachers to understand the importance of teaching writing, motivate their students to develop and improve their writing skills, model effective writing using the teacher's own compositions and real-world texts, provide alternatives and choice within the framework of a rigorous curriculum, help their students recognize the importance of purpose and audience with respect to their writing efforts, and how to assess essays in ways that produce better writing performance. Infused with humor and enhanced with illustrative anecdotes, "Teaching Adolescent Writers" is an ideal addition to college and university curriculums for aspiring English teachers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Teacher on May 27, 2007
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Kelly Gallagher manages to include important information about best practices in a way that is immediately useful for the classroom teacher. An excellent book for high school English teachers or professional developers working with high school teachers!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Storm on May 15, 2007
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I had the pleasure of going to a conference and hearing Kelly Gallagher speak. He's a down-to-earth, realistic guy and so is his approach to teaching writing. He outlines ways to get students interested in writing and it's very adaptable to my classroom. His chapter on combatting how to keep up with grading was the most useful for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Frost on May 9, 2008
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I attended one of Kelly Gallagher's lectures last summer and was instantly hooked on his honesty, humor, and principles. I purchased Teaching Adolescent Writers and have used it almost daily. Gallagher's ideas and techniques make so much sense and what's even better is that everything he suggests are exactly what we teachers of writing need. I tried the "find the fib" idea and hooked my students immediately. I moved to "the myth of the boring topic" and had lots of fun exchanging questions with the class. Everything I've brought to the classroom has engaged my reluctant teenages who have no interest in school let alone writing. I try to read sections of his book in the morning before school starts because he just makes so much sense and his ideas are so much fun, I often go to work excited.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Pearson on December 6, 2007
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As a new teacher, I found this book packed with practical guides on everything from motivating students to assessing student work. This book provides not only the reasons why we teach writing, but most importantly HOW to teach writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Nakagawa on January 21, 2011
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This may be the first time I have written a review on Amazon. I just loved this book. I teach English to nearly 200 students a day: six classes, three preps of 7th and 8th graders, including 94 students who write the I-search as their hallmark honors project. I purchased this book for my Kindle last night so that I could write intelligently for my NBCT assessment re-take (Teaching Writing) over the weekend. To my amazement, I finished reading through it in a few hours, and now am re-reading it to incorporate the assessment chapter into my evaluation and feedback methodology. In other words, screw the NBPTS, this is actually useful to me!!!
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