In an increasingly demanding world of literacy, it has
become critical that students know how to write effectively. From the
requirements of standardized tests to those of the wired workplace, the
ability to write well, once a luxury, has become a necessity. Many
students are leaving school without the necessary writing practice and
skills needed to compete in a complex and fast-moving Information Age.
Unless we teach them how to run with it, they are in danger of being run
over by a stampede—a literacy stampede.
In Teaching Adolescent Writers, Kelly Gallagher, author of Reading Reasons and Deeper Reading, shows
how students can be taught to write effectively. Kelly shares a number
of classroom-tested strategies that enable teachers to:
Infused with humor and illuminating anecdotes, Kelly draws on
his classroom experiences and work as co-director of a regional writing
project to offer teachers both practical ways to incorporate writing
instruction into their day and compelling reasons to do so.