Writing, Redefined: Broadening Our Ideas of What It Means to Compose
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Why "Redefine" Writing?
When we redefine what we think of as writing we can draw upon what we know about what writing truly “is”—a series of thoughtful, intentional decisions regarding our use of language, form, modality, media, audience, and more. When we broaden our ideas of what it means to compose, we widen the doorway into what Shawna Coppola refers to as the “writing club,” which has been an all-too exclusive club for over 500 years.
Redefining writing can offer greater access to the "writing club" for those individuals who, traditionally, have lacked such access to the club for far too long.
Writing, Redefined will benefit students:
- who prefer to compose using a wider array of forms and modalities
- for whom so-called “standard” English is not the norm
- who've been identified as dyslexic
- whose cultural traditions lean toward aural forms of composition
- who are typically considered "struggling" writers.
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“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, Redefinedis 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 Beatie Roberts
“As I read Shawna Coppola’s utterly convincing, Writing Redefined, I recalled that the word ‘text’ has the root meaning of ‘weave’, as in ‘textile.’ 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 this 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.” –Thomas Newkirk, Professor emeritus at the University of New Hampshire and author of Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy, and Popular Culture (Heinemann)
“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
About the Author
- Publisher : Stenhouse Publishers (December 12, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 168 pages
- ISBN-10 : 162531275X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1625312754
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 6
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #934,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While this may be the definition of writing that many of us are used to, it is not the only definition.
In Writing Redefined, Shawna Coppola helps us broaden our definition of writing beyond just the ABCs. She explores the many ways we can teach our students to share their ideas and stories -- VISUALLY (comics, wordless picture books, graphic memoirs), AURALLY (podcasts, oral storytelling, spoken word poetry), and MULTIMODALLY (zines, class newspapers, infographics). She assures us that we can do this and still maintain the rigorous instruction that meets the required standards.
Widening our definition of writing offers students more authentic, differentiated, and sensitive ways to share their ideas and stories. Students become more engaged with writing which leads to students who want to write more, become creative problem solvers, and gain deeper critical thinking skills. In short, it leads to students who learn.
Writing Redefined will change the way you assign writing. It may even change the way YOU write.
Writing is not JUST about pencil and paper or keyboard and screen. Visual writing includes: comics, wordless picture books and graphic memoirs. Aural writing includes: podcasts, spoken word poetry and oral storytelling. Additionally multimoda writing includes: infographics, class newspapers, and zines. These types of writing will engage students, increase their volume of writing AND meet the rigors required by the writing standards.
Check this book out! Every language arts teacher and every teacher who wants to move beyond old, tired writing tasks in order to unleash student creativity will find instructional ideas that expand writing composition!
The most important chapter for me as a teacher of writers was around the auditory composition. I've toyed with the idea of having kids explore composition in other forms, but worry that it's too off-track. Not so, Coppola nudges. She names the moves writers make in all types of composition and reminds us that it's all valid.
This is a must-have resource for any teacher of writing.