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Writing Behind Every Door

Teaching Common Core Writing in the Content Areas

By Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Routledge – 2014 – 188 pages

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    March 27th 2014
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Description

For students to become college-ready writers, they must be exposed to writing throughout the school day, not just in English class. This practical book shows teachers in all subject areas how to meet the Common Core State Standards and make writing come alive in the classroom. Award-winning educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron provides effective and exciting ideas for teaching argument writing, informational writing, project-based writing, and writing with technology. Each chapter is filled with strategies, prompts, and rubrics you can use immediately.

Special Features:

  • A variety of writing strategies that work in any subject area
  • Tips for developing meaningful prompts
  • Diagrams and templates that you can use with your students
  • Rubrics for assessing writing, as well as ideas for having students create their own rubrics
  • Samples of student work in different formats
  • Ideas for teaching students to break the Google homepage habit and conduct effective research
  • Cross-curricular writing assignments for science, history, ELA, electives, and PE
  • Suggestions for teaching summary writing, an essential academic skill
  • Ideas for staff professional development on Common Core writing

Reviews

"Heather Wolpert-Gawron offers teachers across the curriculum techniques for making writing a natural product of student learning. Let her show you how to move from assigning and assessing writing to using writing as a tool to deepen students' comprehension. Writing Behind Every Door presents an argument impossible to argue against."

--Carol Jago, long-time English teacher in Santa Monica, California and past president of the National Council of Teachers of English

"Wow, I feel like a better writer and thinker, let alone teacher, when reading Writing Behind Every Door. Appropriate for teaching 4th grade through high school (and beyond), this will be the book I give to all subject teachers looking for compelling blueprints, practical strategies, and extensive resources for making writing the powerful teaching tool it is."

--Rick Wormeli, education consultant, thought-leader, and bestselling author of books on instruction and assessment

"Heather not only offers fellow English language arts teachers a rich array of strategies and lessons for preparing their students to become college and career ready, but she reaches out to content area teachers with discipline-specific activities so that writing will truly be going on behind every classroom door. She has definitely provided teachers with innovative ways to meet and exceed the Common Core!"

--Carol Booth Olson, Associate Professor at the University of California at Irvine and Director of the UC Irvine Writing Project

Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Common Core Standards as a Meaningful Guide, Not an Instruction Manual

Chapter 2: Argument: The Universal Writing Genre

Chapter 3: Informational: It’s All Around Us

Chapter 4: Narrative: There’s a Place For it in All Disciplines

Chapter 5: Summary: Get to the Point! The Underrated Writing Genre

Chapter 6: The Multi-Genre Genre

Chapter 7: Techniques to Teach Writing That Works

Chapter 8: Writing with Technology for the Common Core

Chapter 9: 21st Century PD in Writing for Every Teacher

 

Author Bio

Heather Wolpert-Gawron is an award-winning middle school teacher and a popular blogger through Tweenteacher.com and Edutopia.org. Her first book, ’Tween Crayons and Curfews: Tips for Middle School Teachers¸ was published by Eye On Education in 2011.

Name: Writing Behind Every Door: Teaching Common Core Writing in the Content Areas (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Heather Wolpert-Gawron. For students to become college-ready writers, they must be exposed to writing throughout the school day, not just in English class. This practical book shows teachers in all subject areas how to meet the Common Core State Standards and make writing come...
Categories: Middle School Education, English & Literacy/Language Arts, Language & Literacy, English