Common Core and More
[T]his is a practical guide for a beginning teacher to use over the course of the entire school year. I am planning to pass this book on to one of my new middle school teachers! * MiddleWeb * With the landscape of education changing rapidly, we need sound wisdom to help guide emerging teachers who often struggle with multiple teaching assignments and little support. Presenting the art of successful teaching and learning as a journey, Roseboro opens her book by providing strategies to help teachers create a strong learning community. Her voice as the knowledgeable guide is realistic and practical, sharing successful instructional techniques with activities and standards-based lessons that can be adapted to any classroom. An invaluable resource for all English language arts teachers, Roseboros book should be required reading for anyone who will be teaching middle school language arts. -- Joan Williams, professional development director, mentor for early career educators in Californias beginning teacher support program (BTSA) since 2000 and former English department chair and classroom teacher Teaching is a messy, imprecise, fantastically exciting and spectacularly demanding job but in these pages, Anna doesnt shy away from any of this. Shes blunt, funny, practical, ambitious, demanding, gentle and inspiring. She asks teachers to reflect, she shows teachers how to use best practices and she prods teachers working in a world of standards, standards, standards to remember that we are teaching real human beings in our classrooms. Real kids who laugh, get distracted, crave leadership but demand independence... sometimes all within the same hour. From building classroom libraries to grading, from recognizing the challenges of adolescents to validating the impact of whole-child learning on academic performance, this text offers a banquet table of idea, tools, stories and strategies which are sure to benefit new and veteran educators alike. American schools would be much better off if we had a photocopy machine that could replicate more Anna Roseboros for our academic world. Alas, this text is the next best thing. -- Alan Sitomer, author, teacher As Head of Middle School at a small, private, independent school, I would happily recommend this book not only to my middle school faculty and colleagues but also to teachers of language arts at any level. The thoughtful analysis of language arts teaching that Roseboro provides would, no doubt, be of value to any teacher who values literacy and, more importantly, values literacy learners. Confident but not arrogant, witty but not cloying, informative but not preachy, Teaching Writing in Middle School: Common Core and More should take a prominent, accessible position on every language arts classrooms reference shelf. -- Rudolph Sharpe, Jr. Head of Middle School,Lancaster Country Day School, Lancaster, PA Roseboro offers an invaluable section that details the essence of teaching as more than telling...and on behalf of student and teacher assures us that test prep....is a no brainer. Having students "understand" what they are to be assessed on and in what way...as well as supplying reasons for measurement boosts their self-confidence and likelihood of their success lets them know that you are their advocate - not there to do a "gotcha". Her use of color coding is brilliant...as a primary teaching tool and as a means of making room for "peer instruction"...Beautiful use of the personal stories to alert the new teacher to the essence of individuality regarding learning styles. With regard to "critical reading"...and conferencing...what a wonderful opportunity to have students compare their earliest work - prior to introduction to a particular concept or concepts...to their most recent .or final work...discussing either orally or in writing (or both) their progress. Foremost, I love the idea of connecting persona
Anna J. Small Roseboro has 40 years experience in public and private schools and she earned the National Board Certificate in Early Adolescent/English Language Arts from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in 1998. In 2008-9, Anna was a faculty leader at the NCTE Affiliates Leadership Conference, served as Master Teacher for the San Francisco Bay Area Teachers Center. She facilitated Early Career Educators in Leadership Institute, was awarded the California Association of Teachers of English 2009 Distinguished Service Award, in 2012-2013 served the Conference on English Leadership as mentor in their Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program, and in 2016 was presented with the NCTE Distinguished Service Award.
Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter One - Scoping Out the Year in Preview - Plan Now To Be Effective and Efficient Chapter Two - Networking Socially at the Start of a School Year Chapter Three -Writing to Learn Across the Content Areas Chapter Four - Exploring Traditional and Contemporary Grammars Chapter Five - Telling It Like It Is: Inviting Informative Writing Chapter Six Making the Case: Persuasive Writing Chapter Seven - Versing Life Together: Writing Patterned and Original Poems Chapter Eight - Entertaining Writing - The Short Story Chapter Nine - Playing It Right: Reading, Writing and Performing Drama Chapter Ten - Speaking of Grammars, Media Arts and Public Speaking Chapter Eleven - Celebrating Names: A Unit about Community and Identity Afterward Appendix Bibliography