Uncommonly Good Ideas

Uncommonly Good Ideas

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This innovative resource provides teachers with a road map for designing a comprehensive writing curriculum that meets Common Core State Standards. The authors zero in on several big ideas that lead to and support effective practices in writing instruction, such as integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening; teaching writing as a process; extending the range of the students' writing; spiraling and scaffolding a writing curriculum; and collaborating. These ideas are the cornerstone of best reseach-based practices as well as the CCSS for writing. The first chapter offers a complete lesson designed around teaching narrative writing and illustrates tried-and-true practices for teaching writing as a process. The remaining chapters explore a broad range of teaching approaches that help students tackle different kinds of narrative, informational, and argumentative writing as well as complexities like audience and purpose. Each chapter focuses on at least one of the uncommonly good ideas and illustrates how to create curricula around it. Uncommonly Good Ideas includes model lessons and assignments, mentor texts, teaching strategies, student writing, and practical guidance for moving the ideas from the page into the classroom.Case Study: Setting the Stage for Narrative Writing with English Language Learners Eighth graders in Zack Lewis-Murphya#39;s English ... While teachers work from pacing guides, they also work overtime to reach and engage their students.

Title:Uncommonly Good Ideas
Author:Sandra Murphy, Mary Ann Smith
Publisher:Teachers College Press - 2015-04-03


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