Transforming Writing Instruction in the Digital Age Techniques for Grades 5-12

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-04-26
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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An innovative, practical guide for middle and high school teachers, this book is packed with specific ways that technology can help serve the goals of effective writing instruction. It provides ready-to-implement strategies for teaching students to compose and edit written work electronically; conduct Internet inquiry; create blogs, websites, and podcasts; and use text messaging and Twitter productively. The book is grounded in state-of-the-art research on the writing process and the role of writing in content area learning. Teacher-friendly features include vivid classroom examples, differentiation tips, links to online resources, and reproducible worksheets and forms.

Author Biography

Thomas DeVere Wolsey, EdD, is Specialization Coordinator for the literacy graduate degree programs for teachers at Walden University and an affiliate researcher at the National Center for the Twenty-First Century Schoolhouse at San Diego State University. He worked in public schools for 20 years teaching English and social studies. Dr. Wolsey is interested in how school spaces affect learning, how technology changes and intersects with literacy instruction, and how writing in the disciplines is best taught. Dana L. Grisham, PhD, is a member of the Core Adjunct Faculty at National University, where she teaches courses online in the master of arts program in reading for teachers. She is a retired professor from the California State University; she coordinated the Graduate Reading Program at San Diego State University and served as Faculty Coordinator of the Center for the Advancement of Reading for the Office of the Chancellor. Her research focuses on the intersection of literacy and technology. Dr. Grisham is Associate Editor of Reading and Writing Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Introduction Hashtags by Technique I. Getting Started with Tools and Teaching Technique 1. Resources: Anytime, Anywhere Technique 2. Management: Computers in the Classroom Technique 3. Management: The Hardware Technique 4. Direct Instruction Technique 5. A Word about Differentiation II. Writing and Thinking Technique 6. Embracing Writing: Knowledge-Transforming Writing Technique 7. Why Writing Is a Process, and How Technology Can Help Technique 8. Working with Sources: Keeping Track of Learning, and Leaving a Path for Others to Follow Technique 9. Working with Sources: Using Style Guides III. Writing to Understand: It\u2019s All about the Discipline Technique 10. Discussion and Writing Technique 11. Writing Short Pieces Technique 12. Short Writing: Electronic Journals Technique 13. Blogs and Classroom Websites for Writing Technique 14. Online Literature Discussion (Threaded Discussion) Technique 15. Vocabulary and Writing Technique 16. Collaborative Writing Technique 17. Are Those Kids Texting Again? IIII. Inquiry and Long Thinking Meet the Disciplines Technique 18. FAQs about Writing in the Disciplines Technique 19. It\u2019s All the Same, or Maybe Not? Technique 20. What Was That Essential Question Again? Technique 21. Learning Because I\u2019m Writing: Logs and Journals Technique 22. Writing Is (Hard) Cognitive Work: Bloom\u2019s Taxonomy Matters Technique 23. Internet Inquiry Technique 24. Prompts Technique 25. Prewriting: Composing before Writing with Pen or Keyboard Technique 26. Prewriting with Graphic Organizers Technique 27. Feedback, Assessment, and Technology IV. What about Literature and English Language Arts? Technique 28. Short Writing: Summaries in Response to Reading Technique 29. The Zen of Writing about Literature Technique 30. Persuasion: In This Essay, I\u2019m Going to Convince You… Technique 31. Prompts for Writing: Language Arts VI. Composing with Multimedia Technique 32. Visualize It! Technique 33. Podcasting: It\u2019s Ear-resistible VII. Wrapping It Up Technique 34. Advocacy for Technology and New Literacies Technique 35. High-Stakes Writing Assessments Technique 36. Automated Tools Technique 37. Publication Appendix: Common Core Content Standards for Writing, Grades 6–12 Glossary

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