Using Technology to Improve Adolescent Writing Digital Make-Overs for Writing Lessons

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/3/2010
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Key Benefit:To capture these digital nativesrs" attention in the classroom and develop good writing skills for life, Stephens and Ballast guide teachers in how to successfully implement technology for writing across the curriculum and create engaging lesson plans.Key Topics:They outline four frames of writing-inside writing, responsive writing, purposeful writing, and social action writing-and present student-centered and inquiry-based reading/writing lessons to connect real-world writing to content area standards. The result is a state-of the-art resource for helping teachers teach every student to write inside and outide of the classroom.Market:Teachers and literacy support staff for grades 6-12.

Author Biography

Liz Campbell Stephens teaches graduate courses in Educational Technology and is Director of the Office of Educator Preparation at Texas State University-San Marcos. She serves on the National Writing Project's Board of Directors and was Director of the Central Texas Writing Project for 11 years. She co-authored Technology, Reading, and Language Arts and has written numerous chapters and papers on technology and literacy.  Liz is former high school English teacher and brings that experience to her work as a teacher educator, federal programs director, and consultant. Her research has centered on literacy, technology, and teacher education.


Kerry Ballast is a Teacher Consultant for the Central Texas Writing Project and a secondary English language arts teacher with 14 years classroom experience. She has worked with students in grades 6-12 to explore various forms of writing, both traditional and digital.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1- Writing in a Digital Age

Chapter 2- Inside Writing

Chapter 3- Responsive Writing

Chapter 4- Purposeful Writing

Chapter 5- Social Action Writing

Chpater 6- Ten of Tens

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