If you want to learn how to shoot a basketball, you begin by
carefully observing someone who knows how to shoot a basketball. If you ant to
be a writer, you begin by carefully observing the work of accomplished writers.
Recognising the importance that modelling plays in the learning process,
secondary school English teacher Kelly Gallagher shares how he gets his
students to carefully observe the work of model writers, and how doing so
elevates his students’ writing abilities. Write
Like This is built around a central premise: if students are to grow as
writers, they need to read good writing, they need to study good writing, and,
most important, they need to emulate good writers.
In Write Like This,
Kelly emphasises real-world writing purposes, the kind of writing he wants his
students to be doing twenty years from now. Each chapter focuses on a specific
discourse: express and reflect, inform and explain, evaluate and judge, inquire
and explore, analyse and interpret and take a stand/propose a solution. In
teaching these lessons, Kelly provides mentor texts (professional samples as
well as models he has written in front of his students), student writing
samples and numerous assignments and strategies proven to elevate student
By helping teachers bring effective modelling practices into their
classrooms, Write Like This enables
students to become better adolescent writers. More important, the practices
found in this book will help our students develop the writing skills they will
need to become adult writers in the real world.