1st Edition

Place-Based Writing in Action Opportunities for Authentic Writing in the World Beyond the Classroom

Edited By Rob Montgomery, Amanda Montgomery Copyright 2024
    228 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This text presents a variety of ways for students to meet traditional instructional goals in writing while also learning how writing can help them become stewards of the natural world and advocates for their own communities. Built on a foundation of emerging research and theory and grounded in the lived reality of teachers, this book explores the material and virtual worlds as places that can be equally productive as sources for authentic writing. Readers will find place-based writing activities, lesson ideas, and samples of student work in every chapter. With practical and classroom-tested ideas, Place-Based Writing in Action is a useful text for preservice and in-service English teachers, as well as any educator who wants to move the act of writing beyond the four walls of the classroom.

    Contributor Biographies


    Chapter 1: An Introduction to Place-Based Writing: Getting Authentic by Getting Out of the Classroom

    Part I: Meaningful Encounters with the Great Outdoors

    Chapter 2: Writing the Ecology of the Ozarks

    Chapter 3: Exploring Interconnections with the Living World through Nature Journaling

    Chapter 4: Mapping through Justice, through Padlet, and through the World

    Chapter 5: Observing Nature, Observing Language: Using Nature to Teach Rhetorical Grammar

    Part II: Finding the Intersection Between Community, History, and Self

    Chapter 6: Teaching the Tulsa Race Massacre (and Other Hidden Histories) Using Poetry, Photography, and Place

    Chapter 7: The Sustainable Resource Project: Writing Toward Agency

    Chapter 8: Where do Mountain Goats Sleep? Bringing Place-Based Collaborative Journaling Out of the Woods and into (and Beyond) the Classroom

    Chapter 9: Making Connections to the Past: Using Place-Based Writing to Bring History to Life

    Part III: Writing about Art and Writing as Art

    Chapter 10: Finding Your Truth: Reimagining School Spaces for Student Writing and Publication Through Interactive Public Art

    Chapter 11: Using Memory as an Activator for Exploration and Creation

    Chapter 12: Combining Voices: Merging Art and Writing through Place-Based Principles

    Part IV: Using Digital Tools to Bring the Outside World Into the Classroom

    Chapter 13: Into the Metaverse: Using Virtual Reality as a Site for Place-Based Writing

    Chapter 14: Stories of Our Community: Podcasting for Place-Based Inquiry

    Chapter 15: Touring the Place You Know Best: Virtual Tours as a Way to Teach Narrative, Argument, and Research Writing


    Rob Montgomery is Professor of English and English Education at Kennesaw State University. He has worked with the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project and the Georgia Film Academy. Rob is also the co-author of A Place to Write: Getting Your Students Out of the Classroom and Into the World (2021).

    Amanda Montgomery is a teacher at Park Street Elementary School in Marietta, Georgia. She works with the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project and is also the co-author of A Place to Write: Getting Your Students Out of the Classroom and Into the World (2021).