Using the Workshop Approach in the High School English Classroom: Modeling Effective Writing, Reading, and Thinking Strategies for Student Success

Using the Workshop Approach in the High School English Classroom: Modeling Effective Writing, Reading, and Thinking Strategies for Student Success

By: Cynthia D. Urbanski (author)Paperback

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With this book, teachers will discover how they can strike a balance between preparing their students for state tests and teaching them the lasting thinking, reading and writing skills that they will need to be successful in college and the business world. Combining theory-supported and student-tested practices, Urbanski offers readers a road-map to implementing an effective workshop-based curriculum in High School English.

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About Author

Cynthia D. Urbanski is a Co-Leader of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte Writing Project, where her focus is teacher research, summer institutes, and structuring professional development for surrounding areas. Since graduating from the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1995 and while completing a master's of English education at UNC-Charlotte in 2000, she has worked with writers from middle grades through the undergraduate level. As an instructor at North Mecklenburg High School since 2000, she has worked with student writers in the International Baccalaureate Program as well as standard-level English courses. Her mission has been to help all students improve their literacy skills by making their writing, reading, and thinking meaningful to them. She continues to run regularly and considers it an integral part of her writing process and her life. Currently she is working to develop the concept of her second book project and spending time with her family in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Foreword by Lillian Brannon Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Running and Writing The Workshop Culture - A Study of Coaching Conclusions and The Mission 2. Who Writes the Rule Book Anyway? Accountability, Tests, and the History of Rhetoric A Bit of History And What About the Other Parts of My Curriculum? Testing and Accountability Conclusions Suggested Reading 3. Coaching and Teaching By Doing; Modeling Thinking, Writing, and Reading A Horror Story in Two Scenes Scene I: Sunday Night Back in the Dark Ages Scene II: Sunday Night One Week Later Modeling; A Simple Concept With Huge Benefits Modeling Gives Us Fresh Experiences to Draw From Modeling Can Transform Our Classrooms Modeling Fosters Authentic Learning Modeling Will Supercharge Our Planning Time Modeling In Our Classrooms: What Do We Do? Modeling Concepts for Writing A Lesson in Modeling Writing Modeling Concepts for Reading A Lesson in Modeling Close Reading and Analysis Conclusions: Pulling It All Together and Coming Full Circle 4. Warming Up the Writing Muscles; Two Tools for Invention Free Writing What Is Free Writing ... Really? Why Does Free Writing Work? Application: Helping Our Students Discover the Magic A Lesson in Free Writing The Last Word on Free Writing Daybooks. A Place to Store Free Writing and Thinking Conclusions 5. The Practice Field; Building Strength and Confidence in Writing and Literary Analysis Types of Practice Reader Response and Invention In-Class Revision and Drafting Types and Progression of Assignments as Practice Conclusions 6. Race Day: Evaluation and the Idea of Grammar Grammar in Context The Bottom Line On Grammar A Grammar Lesson A Word of Caution For Further Ideas A Word About Standards Watching the Race: Evaluating Student Writing Grading Practice Writing Without Eradicating Its Purpose Grading Response Journals or Daybooks Grading Published Pieces Portfolios: Looking at the Whole Season and Student Growth Over Time Conclusions Suggested Reading 7. Responding as a Spectator: The Writing Conference Why Conference Anyway? A Trek Through a Conference Log Writing Conventions/Skills in Context A Fifty-Minute Tutoring Session Translated Into a Ninety-Minute Class Basic Behavior in a Writing Conference A Close-up Look at a Conference Conclusions 8. Becoming Independent; Writing and Literature Groups A Scenario: Student Writing as Class Literature Student Response to Groups How to Make Groups Work Model Functional Groups Provide Structure and Incentive Help Students Find Their Own Structure What About the Kid Who Doesn't Buy Into Group Work? Timing Writing Groups Literature Groups Conclusions Suggested Reading Epilogue - Why Teachers Coach References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 02/02/2006
  • ISBN13: 9781412925495
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781412925495
  • weight: 313
  • ISBN10: 1412925495

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