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Teaching English by Design : How to Create and Carry Out Instructional Units



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The Teaching English by Designsspresents a flexiblesframework for an English Methods course. Its week-by-week suggestions for in- and out-of-class activities support students as they learn to design units for use in their first classrooms.ssPeter Smagorinsky, the leading scholar and researcher of his generation in the field of English education, shows English teachers how to turn every hour of classroom instruction into an authentic and powerful learning experience in his inspiring new book, Teaching English by Design.s It's a wonderful book and represents a challenge to all of us to teach better than we usually do. - Sheridan BlauAuthor of The Literature Workshops"""Peter Smagorinsky, a highly respected figure in English Education, here offers new teachers principled and practical ways of authoring curriculum, even in traditional settings." - Randy BomerAuthor of "Time for Meaning"sMany books on English/language arts instruction describe the teaching of units, but how many of them actually show how to create the units, make them meaningful to students, and use them to support your curriculum from September to June? "Teaching English by Design" does it all. It helps avoid a fragmentary curriculum by providing the rationale and the process for not only teaching well but also for producing integrated units that encourage students to deepen their thinking across the school year. s"Teaching English by Design" is two books in one: a primer for teaching secondary English and a comprehensive guide to creating and using four to six-week instructional units. Peter Smagorinsky shares important insight about students, how they learn, and what kinds of classrooms support their achievement inreading and writing. Then he uses those findings to open up the key ideas of unit design to every teacher. Smagorinsky's units are organized around key concepts in English, such as: reading strategies writing strategies genres periods, regions, and movements in literature themes the works of a significant author. sFrom original idea to construction, to implementation and beyond, Smagorinsky's practical advice supports teachers in extending, connecting, and integrating their units to increase the cohesion and power of the curriculum.sIncorporating curricular theory, educational psychology, and fourteen years of high school teaching experience, Peter Smagorinsky's advice is both theoretically sound and grounded in the daily realities of today's teacher. Complemented by a wealth of web-based illustrations, "Teaching English by Design" is the ideal resource for preservice teachers as well as those in the classroom who want to take charge of their curriculum and find new energy in it.

Table of Contents

Teaching with Students in Mind
Students' Ways of Knowingp. 3
Providing Scaffolds for Student Learningp. 19
Alternatives to Teacher-Led Discussionsp. 32
Planning the Whole Coursep. 45
Teaching Writing Within a Unit Design
Goals for Conventional Writing Assignmentsp. 69
Goals for Unconventional Writing Assignmentsp. 83
Responding to Student Writingp. 96
Designing the Conceptual Unit
Why Conceptual Units?p. 111
The Basics of Unit Designp. 129
Your Unit Rationalep. 140
Outlining a Unitp. 148
Setting Up the Construction Zonep. 157
Introductory Activitiesp. 173
Down and Dirty: Daily Planningp. 184
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