Tough Talk, Tough Texts: Teaching English to Change the World

Tough Talk Tough Texts Teaching English to Change the World Tough Talk Tough Texts is a catalyst for reminding all of us who work with young people about the danger of throwing away the lifeblood of our students interior worlds and our own dreams of changing

  • Title: Tough Talk, Tough Texts: Teaching English to Change the World
  • Author: Cindy O'Donnell-Allen Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • ISBN: 9780325026404
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tough Talk, Tough Texts is a catalyst for reminding all of us who work with young people about the danger of throwing away the lifeblood of our students interior worlds and our own dreams of changing the world for the better Tough Talk, Tough Texts insists that we offer students books that are not simply larger, bulkier Hallmark cards but that instead challenge them tTough Talk, Tough Texts is a catalyst for reminding all of us who work with young people about the danger of throwing away the lifeblood of our students interior worlds and our own dreams of changing the world for the better Tough Talk, Tough Texts insists that we offer students books that are not simply larger, bulkier Hallmark cards but that instead challenge them to consider difficult issues, pushing them to think deeply and grow Jimmy Santiago BacaStrategic reading, critical examination, and civil discourse aren t just for college preparedness they are life skills In Tough Talk, Tough Texts Cindy O Donnell Allen shares small group instruction whose goal is to give kids the ability not merely to succeed academically, but to change their world.This isn t impractical idealism Cindy shows step by step how to leverage challenging texts on challenging issues to maximize engagement and increase students agency in reading and in life Best of all, she shares all the know how and nitty gritty you ll need scaffolds for whole class and small group discussions methods for grouping students, setting norms, and using response tools strategies that sustain independent discussions and document them multiple techniques for summative assessment reproducible resources such as handouts, assignment sheets, and scoring guides Tough Talk, Tough Texts is about helping students grow as readers as they use texts to answer the big questions about themselves, their peers, and their world With careful preparation, writes Cindy O Donnell Allen, students can learn to pose and discuss such questions, to listen and respond with empathy, and to implement strategies that will allow them to become critical and strategic readers, writers, and thinkers.

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    1. Excellent practitioner text that offers a passionate defense for and practical guidance on letting students grapple with difficult material in the English classroom. I'll be using this with my methods students next semester!

    2. After carefully establishing her argument that teaching English can indeed change the world and help support and develop social justice, Cindy O’Donnell-Allen draws upon a variety of research and scholarship to serve as the foundation for implementing a teaching strategy she calls Civil Discourse Sequence.With appropriate nods to culturally responsive teaching and progressive pedagogy, O’Donnell-Allen explains that focusing instruction around values of empathy, compassion, and agreeable disa [...]

    3. This is essentially a guide to book clubs in classrooms with an eye towards social responsibility. O'Donnell-Allen does some interesting things: she gives an example of a failed assessment as a way of framing something more authentic, she raises the question of what to with students who need to maintain "public personas of resistance" even as teachers attempt to engage them in the literate work of class. I appreciate that she suggests a sequence of instruction that includes starter texts before [...]

    4. Normally when I read a book on teaching that includes an extended lesson plan, I will cherry-pick an idea here and there that I might appropriate or modify for my own uses. But in this case, I would be totally satisfied to implement every single element, from assignment to suggested support materials, into my own classroom with confidence. As it turns out, this is the central text I'll be using in teaching an adolescent lit class for secondary English teachers this Fall. The book focuses on esta [...]

    5. Love this book! It's both practical and inspirational, offering specific suggestions for text selection and text analysis that goes beyond "literature circles." One section in the last chapter, in which the author challenges teachers to be advocates for social change, is particularly noteworthy. In it, she quotes from Lois Lowry's speech when she won the Newberry prize for The Giver: "The man that I named The Giver passed along to the boy knowledge, history, memories, color, pain, laughter, love [...]

    6. I really like how this book gives lots of different ways to help students prepare for talking about issues in a safe and encouraging environment. While it does focus on book clubs, a lot of the reading and speaking strategies could also be used with larger groups. Overall, there is a lot in here to help a teacher set up and facilitate the discussion of difficult topics that many times students (and sometimes even teachers) shy away from because they can make people uncomfortablebut I think that [...]

    7. I recommend this book to teachers who are only teaching the canonical texts in their classes. Students should be challenged with young adult books of today, as well, and this book talks about how to do it.

    8. This book is great for teaching texts that deal with controversial issues. It provides teachers with advice on handling civil discourse within the classroom setting.

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