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Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts 1st Edition
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In Write Like This: Teaching Real World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts, author and teacher Kelly Gallagher recognizes that writing well starts with teaching students WHY they should write. He believes we need to move beyond the state standards by introducing young writers to real-world discourses and provide them with authentic texts to influence and develop life-long skills.
Each chapter focuses on a specific writing purpose:
- Express and Reflect: View life experiences in reverse to move forward
- Inform and Explain: State a point and purpose with information to support it
- Evaluate and Judge: Focus on the worth of an object, idea, or person and present it as “bad” or “good”
- Inquire and Explore: Propose a problem or question
- Analyze and Interpret: Examine phenomena that are difficult to understand or explain
- Take a Stand/Propose a Solution: Persuade audience to particular position and provide justification
In teaching these lessons, Gallagher provides mentor texts (professional samples as well as models he has written in front of his students), student writing samples, and numerous assignments and strategies proven to elevate student writing.
By helping teachers bring effective modeling practices into their classrooms, Write Like This enables students to become better adolescent writers. More important, the practices found in this book will help our students develop the writing skills they will need to become adult writers in the real world.
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Stenhouse provides quality professional learning resources by teachers, for teachers. All of Stenhouse’s resources, ranging from literacy and math instruction to classroom practice, are grounded in a philosophy of education that respects both teacher and learner. They are designed to integrate theory, research, and practice in an accessible manner, enhancing educators’ professional knowledge and building their students’ skills as readers, writers, and thinkers. Stenhouse is a subsidiary of Highlights for Children.
About the Author
Kelly, a "baseballoholic" and a self-described expert at negotiating airports, is in his 33rd year of teaching at the high school level.
He currently teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California.
He believes that "there is no greater pleasure than teaching someone something." Teaching is "artistic, it matters a great deal, and I can never get the job down perfectly."
Kelly thinks that professional development should treat teachers as such - professionals. "I know in the classroom that good things happen when my students have meaningful discussions. I know as a teacher myself that my craft sharpens when I am given the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with my peers. And let's have a laugh or two while we are at it."
Writing his six books for Stenhouse was a solitary experience. "Though I have written outlines prior to each of my books, I have yet to follow any of them step-by-step. That is why I find writing rewarding - because the act of writing itself generates new thinking, and new thinking is always exciting."
- Publisher : Stenhouse Publishers; 1st edition (September 27, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1571108963
- ISBN-13 : 978-1571108968
- Grade level : 4 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.38 x 0.75 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Write Like This by Kelly Galagher (white male)
Chapter 6: Analyze & Interpret
Pg 135 Example Columbine, Dave Cullen (white male)
Pg 136 Dr Robert Hare (white male)
Pg 138 Phillip Niemeyer (white male)
Pg 140 Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet) (white male)
Pg 140 Lindsay Ruben (colleague – no specific info available)
Pg 140 Kelly Johlic (colleague – no specific info available)
Pg 142 Nate Silver, blog (white male)
Pg 143 Joan Steiner, Look-Alikes (white female)
Pg 144 Joseph Griffith, The Surrender (white male)
Pg 145 Edward Arlington Robinson, Richard Cory poem (white male)
Pg 146 Lord Byron, Darkness poem (white male)
Pg 149 Rick Reilly, “A Tale of Two Little Leaguers” (white male)
Pg 150 Barry Bonds (African-American male) – subject, not author (athlete)
Pg 150 Hank Aaron (African-American male) – subject, not author (athlete)
Pg 152 Lindsay Lohan (white female) – example of something to blame
Pg 152 Animal Farm – Orwell (white male)
Pg 152 Lord of the Flies – Golding (white male)
Pg 156 Aphorisms
Lord Acton (white male)
Benjamin Franklin (white male)
Ralph Waldo Emerson (white male)
Mark Twain (white male)
Friedrich Nietzche (white male)
Shvejtsar (white male?)
Andre Gide (white male)
Alfred Tennyson (white male)
Albert Einstein (white male)
Bertrand Russell (white male)
Sylvia Plath (white female)
Malcolm Forbes (white male)
Winston Churchill (white male)
Oliver Wendell Holmes (white male)
Pg 159 Bill Plashke (white male)
Pg 160 Jered Weaver, Angels pitcher (white male)
Pg 160 Kendrys Morales (Latino)
Torii Hunter (African-American male) -- subject, not author (athlete)
Vernon Wells (African-American male) subject, not author (athlete)
Pg 161 Gwyneth Paltrow (white female)
Pg 163 Harper Lee (white female)
Pg 163 Rudolpho Anaya (Lationo?)
Pg 164 Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower (white male)
Pg 167 Jon Hein, Jump the Shark (white male)
Pg 167 Henry Winkler (white male)
Pg 168 Tom Keogh, amazon.com reviews, no info available
Pg 169 Chris Nashawaty (white male)
Pg 171 Bob Dylan (white male)
Pg 171 Herb Bowie (white male)
Pg 172 Michelle Waxman (white female?)
Pg 173 Incubus – rock group
Pg 172 Sandra Cisneros (Latina)
49 references to specific people
33 white males – 67%
5 white females – 10%
3 no info available
4 African-American males, all athletes
2 Latinos – 04%
1 Latina -- .02%
0 African-American females
Gallagher relies heavily on white men as resources and examples. He uses a lot of sports resources and examples. The only time African-American males are referenced is when they are athletes--no African-American writers used. Zero African-American women used. I have spent my weekend re-writing my lesson plans to supplement the activities with a diversity of writer/authors. The strategies seem sound but the examples need updating.
As it happens, Write Like This was every bit as useful as the reading books were. He offers his general philosophy of writing instruction: (1) that students need to read real-world models and write for real-world purposes and (2) that the teacher--as the best writer in the classroom--should demonstrate the decisions that good writers make before the students.
He then divides the book by the six general purposes of writing and offers multiple suggestions for approaches to teaching that kind of writing. It’s easy to see how students would find these assignments compelling, and it’s also easy to see how these strategies would help the students to be better writers.
My only problem reading the book is not flaw of Gallagher’s. When I read it, I keep thinking, “This is what teaching should be like. Think how much my students would grow and improve if we could just do this stuff all year.” Of course, the sadness is that the district and state standards and the ridiculous testing my students will need to pass at the end of the year will mean that I’m forced to teach something of lesser quality and distorted purposes for at least a portion of the year. So it goes. I do think that every idea I pull from this book will make my class a better experience for my students.
His main philosophy stems from these two premises: 1. Teach kids to write in the modes that they will need to write in college and in the real world. 2. Write along with your students.
Gallagher is a seasoned teacher who clearly loves writing and teaching writing. He is a good mentor to have as I try to better equip my students to improve in writing.
My only criticism is that there does not appear to be a frame around all these great activities. At times, things felt jumbled.
Top reviews from other countries
Each section offers practical and ready to use, no-nonsense examples of what works in a secondary high school.
I attended a workshop given by Kelly and wondered how it could all be done in a regular school year. "Write Like This" is precise and gives wings to other ideas.
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