Authentic Literacy Instruction
Empowering Secondary Students to Become Lifelong Readers, Writers, and Communicators
Imagine a thriving English classroom. One that’s active, experiential, collaborative, and rigorous. Authentic Literacy Instruction will help you not just imagine this classroom, but also create it. Use the book’s doable action plan to reinvigorate your practices and tap into the passions and strengths of every student.
- Understand what authentic literacy is and why it’s important.
- Transform your classroom into an authentic literacy community.
- Develop your own expertise as a teacher reader and teacher writer.
- Establish classroom routines that make authentic literacy part of daily practice.
- Teach individual students and help them identify as lifelong readers and writers.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Authentic Literacy
Chapter 2: Teacher as Authentic Literacy Expert
Chapter 3: Relationships and Community in the Authentic Literacy Classroom
Chapter 4: Promotion of Student Choice for Greater Outcomes
Chapter 5: Student Application of Literacy Skills
Chapter 6: Feedback in the Authentic Literacy Classroom
Chapter 7: Classroom Routines That Build Authentic Reading and Writing Habits
- Reader Reflection: Sharpening the Focus on Your Who
- Reader Reflection: Determining the Other Stuff
- Your Turn: Chapter 1
- Reader Reflection: Charting Your Class Time
- Reader Reflection: Expanding Your Network
- Reader Reflection: Developing Your Expertise
- Your Turn: Chapter 2
- Reader Reflection: Envisioning Authentic Literacy Learning Communities
- Reader Reflection: Learning About Your Students
- Your Turn: Chapter 3
- Reader Reflection: Motivating and Empowering Students
- Reader Reflection: Talking to Readers About Books
- Reader Reflection: Engaging in Personal Response Writing
- Your Turn: Chapter 4
- Reader Reflection: Thinking About Feedback
- Reader Reflection: Evaluating Assignments and Feedback
- Reader Reflection: Promoting Functioning Feedback
- Reader Reflection: Determining Whether It’s Time for a Conversation
- Your Turn: Chapter 6
- Reader Reflection: Ensuring Daily Features of the Authentic Literacy Classroom
- Reader Reflection: Making your Thinking Visible
- Your Turn: Chapter 7
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- McDowell, M. (2020). Teaching for transfer: A guide for designing learning with real-world application. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.