What's the Big Idea? Question-Driven Units to Motivate Reading, Writing, and Thinking

ISBN-10: 0325021570
ISBN-13: 9780325021577
Edition: 2010
Authors: Jim Burke
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List price: $31.25
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 2/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Book study groups and professional learning communities, click here to save 15% when you order 15 copies of What's the Big Idea?Save $50.63! Many people have written about how theory (or research) relates to practice; Jim is one of those rare professionals who live the relationship. His book is rich with insights from other scholars and teachers, woven together in a convincing web of argument and insight. But the book is just as rich in classroom experience, using the wisdom of the expert practitioner to focus his arguments on the lives of his students-in all their richness and complexity. -Arthur Applebee NAEP advisor Validation Committee member for Common Core Author of Curriculum as Conversation Why a book about questions? "Because when students' instruction is organized around meaningful, clear questions," writes Jim Burkein What's the Big Idea? "they understand better, remember longer, and engage much more deeply and for greater periods of time." Jim shows how making essential questions the center of your teaching can ease the tension between good teaching and teaching to the test while giving students dependable, transferable tools for reading, writing, thinking, and participating in the real world. Going in depth on his own units for frequ

Nancy Steineke consults nationally as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and literacy coach for middle and high school teachers. She specializes in content-area literacy, nonfiction writing, purposeful close reading, literature circles, and student engagement. Nancy keeps the focus on manageable teaching strategies that best benefit students. A published author and accomplished teacher, Nancy has been featured in classroom videos for Best Practice and Comprehension and Collaboration. Her groundbreaking work with book clubs and student led discussion groups is captured in her books Assessment Live! and Reading and Writing Together. A frequent collaborator with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, they have co-authored Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles; Texts and Lessons for Content Area Reading; and Texts and Lessons for Literature. Nancy presents annually at the National Council of Teachers of English, International Reading Association, and various state conferences. She is also an Illinois Writing Project leader. Along with Harvey Daniels, Nancy has organized and led over 50 multi-day residential institutes for teachers in locations around the United States.Jim Burke is the author of numerous bestselling Heinemann titles, including the English Teacher's Companion, Fourth Edition and What's the Big Idea? The question he's always tried to answer is "How can we teach our students better?" He seeks these answers daily through his work in his own classroom at Burlingame High School in California where he still teaches after twenty years. Facing the same constraints and challenges as every other teacher, Jim shares his creative solutions in bestselling professional titles with Heinemann such as Reading Reminders and Writing Reminders as well as through Heinemann Professional Development Services. As part of his commitment to helping teachers and learning how to use the latest technologies, he founded the English Companion Ning, described by Education Week as "the world's largest English department" and winner of several Edublog Awards for Best Social Network for Education. In addition to the EC Ning, Jim offers a steady stream of recommended resources through his website (www.englishcompanion.com) and Twitter (@englishcomp) where he is ranked in the top 100 educators to follow at the top within the online English teacher community. Jim serves on several national commissions related to adolescent literacy and standards, including the Advanced Placement English Literature and Language Course and Exam Review Commission with the College Board and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) where he serves on the Content Technical Working Group, which advises PARCC on the national assessments being developed for the Common Core State Standards. In addition, he is a senior author on the Holt McDougal Harcourt Literature series. Jim has received numerous awards, including the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award, the NCTE Conference on English Leadership Award, and the California Reading Association Hall of Fame Award. He served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Committee on Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts Standards. Through his work in the class and on such commissions, Jim Burke seeks not only to clarify but reimagine what English should be, honoring the past even as he works with others to create the future of the discipline he loves so much. Visit his website (www.englishcompanion.com) for more information.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Why Do Questions Matter in Curriculum?
An Introduction
An Intellectual Rite of Passage
Engaging Students with Essential Questions
Spirited Inquiry
Creating Questions to Access a Challenging Text
Natural Curiosity
Using Questions to Explore Relationships
Meaningful Conversations
Essential Questions as a Way into Required Texts
Using Essential Questions to Design Your Own Units
Some Final Thoughts
Appendices
Of Mice and Men Chapter-by-Chapter Reading Notes and Questions
The Academic Essentials Planning Grid
The Big Questions
Designing a Standards-Based Curriculum
Unit Planning Sheet
Works Cited
Study Guide
Index

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