- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers (November 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571104224
- ISBN-13: 978-1571104229
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teaching Adolescent Writers
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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
Top Customer Reviews
-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. In view of the mounting pressure so many of us feel to raise the all-mighty test scores, I found the following quote most reassuring: "With the wide range of ability and overwhelming class sizes, it is unrealistic to think I am going to make every one of my 165 students a strong writer. It *is* realistic, however, to begin each year with the goal that every student of mine, regardless of ability, is going to get better." Armed with Gallagher's book, I feel a renewed sense of confidence that my teaching is going to get better, too. Two thumbs way up!
If you are looking for a book that will refresh your love for teaching, buy this book.
If you are looking for a book that will help you become a better educator, buy this book.
I first encountered this book in my Teaching Writing and Language in Secondary Schools class that I took the final semester of my Teacher Education Program. I was required to buy this book, and so I purchased it. I will admit that I had little excitement when I purchased Gallagher's book. In fact, I thought that I needed another book that I would not read like a hole in the head. But as the semester went on, not only did I read Gallagher's text but I devoured it. Gallagher's "Grecian Urn Approach" and modeling strategies are excellent. Instead of only discussing impractical theory, Gallaher presents practical strategies for the teacher to use in his or her classroom.
Please give this book a second look.
* A Future Educator