Your fast-track to student engagement
Everywhere Smokey Daniels speaks, there’s one teaching strategy that teachers embrace above all others. That single method for transforming students from passive spectators into active learners . . . for evoking curiosity, inspiring critical thinking, and building powerful writers along the way. Now, that best-kept teaching secret is revealed: Written Conversations. Smokey and coauthor Elaine Daniels describe how to leverage these “silent writing-to-learn discussions” structure by structure
- Dialogue journals
- Digital discussions
. . . with detailed descriptions, lessons, and annotated student samples—making this the most practical teaching book in recent memory.
About the Author
The author or coauthor of 18 books for teachers, Harvey Daniels, also known as “Smokey,” has been a professor, researcher, consultant, and teacher coach over his 43-year career. These days, he serves as a conference speaker, school district consultant, and demonstration teacher in schools around the U.S. and Canada. In 2012, Smokey was presented with the NCTE Exemplary Leader Award.See Smokey reveal his best-kept secret to Ellin Keene.
Elaine Daniels has been a reading and writing teacher and teacher literacy educator throughout her career. A former high school English teacher, she graduated to teaching in college and graduate programs, first at National-Louis University in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, then at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she taught literacy education courses. Elaine now teaches in the Developmental Reading and Writing Programs at Santa Fe Community College, where her students teach her new ideas, old ways of being, and places on the map she’s never heard of.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgmentsChapter 1. Letters Leverage Learning A New Old Idea Those Letters Are Cute, But . . . Kid-to-Kid Letters About the Curriculum Meeting the Common Core State Standards With Letters Engagement, Best Practice, and Written Conversations How the Book Is Organized Let the Student Samples Teach YouChapter 2. A Community of Correspondents We've Got Mail Back-to-School Letters Parent and Kid Letters Message Boards Classroom Stationery Shields Topic Journals Classroom and School Mail Systems Teacher-Student Friendly Letters Student-Student Friendly Letters Kid-to-Kid Friendly Letters Multi-Age Friendly LettersINTERCHAPTER: Prompts and Stems for Written ConversationsChapter 3. Mini Memos Definition Variations Origins Quick Look: Exit Notes Launching Lesson: Admit Notes Morning Message General Instructions for Mini Memos Start-Up Notes Admit Notes Writing Breaks Exit NotesINTERCHAPTER: Is There Time for This?Chapter 4. Dialogue Journals Definition Variations Origins Quick Look Launching Lesson General Instructions for "Live" Dialogue Journals Adjustments for "Takeaway" Dialogue Journals Teacher-Student Dialogues Student-Student Dialogues Dialogue Journals Across the Curriculum Feedback Loops Teacher Response to Student Writing Multi-Age Dialogue Journals Management Tips for Dialogue JournalsINTERCHAPTER: The Assessment of Written ConversationsChapter 5. Write-Arounds Definition Variations Origins Quick Look Launching Lesson Drawn Conversations General Instructions for a Write-Around Silent Literature Circles Content-Area Write-Arounds Text on Text Management Tips for Write-AroundsChapter 6. Digital Discussions Definition Variations Origins Quick Look: Texted Discussions Launching Lesson: Photo Journals General Instructions for Digital Discussions Lab Letters Blogs Online Partnerships Email and Farewell Management Tips for Digital DiscussionsWorks CitedIndex
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