Real World Writing for Secondary Students Teaching the College Admission Essay and Other Gate-Openers for Higher Education

ISBN-10: 0807753866

ISBN-13: 9780807753866

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jessica Singer Early, Meredith DeCosta, Christopher Dede

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One of the most important ways to scaffold a successful transition from high school to college is to teach real-world, gate-opening writing genres, such as college admission essays. This book describes a writing workshop for ethinically and linguistically diverse high school students, where students receive instruction on specific genre features of the college admission essay. The authors present both the theoretical grounding and the concrete strategies teachers crave including an outline of specific workshop lessons, teaching calendars, and curricular suggestions. This text encourages secondary teachers to think of writing as a vital tool for all students to succeed academically and professionally.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 11/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

Jessica Singer Early is a doctoral student in education at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research and teaching revolve around themes of activism and social justice. She previously taught high school English in Portland, Oregon, where she was also an active member of Portland Rethinking Schools, an activist organization committed to making progressive change in public education.

Setting the Stage for a Study of Writing
Research Questions
Studying Across Boundaries
The Power of Language: Defining Key Terms
A Place for Real World Writing in the Curriculum
Invitation to Readers
Overview of the Book
Why Writing Matters
The Neglected "R"
Improving Writing and Writing Instruction
Writing as Cultural Currency
Constructing Our Case Study
Libertad High School
The Students
The Teachers
The Research and Teaching Team
Demystifying the College Admission Essay Genre
The Importance of the College Admission Essay
Overview of the College Admission Essay Workshop
Introducing the Workshop
Key Genre Elements of the College Admission Essay
Concluding the Workshop
Extension Activities and Professional Resources
Summing Up
Using Points of Tension as Turning Points
Shifting Practices to Support Learning
Building Writing Confidence
The Power of Access
Confronting Roadblocks About Attending College
Lingering Questions
Summing Up
Drawing on Cultural Capital to Build Writing Capital
Themes That Emerged from Our Analysis
Valuing Student's Languages
Empowering Students to Tell Their Stories
Summing Up
Creating a Culture That Supports Real World, Gate-Opening Writing
Learning from Adolescents as Real World Writers
Learning from Teachers Working in Tumultous Times
Arizona Politics as a Backdrop
Learning from the Research Process
Considering Next Steps
Summing Up
College Admission Essay Workshop Schedule
Post-Workshop Reflection
About the Authors
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