Teaching English by Design

Teaching English by Design Peter Smagorinsky a highly respected figure in English Education here offers new teachers principled and practical ways of authoring curriculum even in traditional settings Randy BomerAuthor of Tim

  • Title: Teaching English by Design
  • Author: Peter Smagorinsky
  • ISBN: 9780325029559
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Peter Smagorinsky, a highly respected figure in English Education, here offers new teachers principled and practical ways of authoring curriculum, even in traditional settings Randy BomerAuthor of Time for MeaningMany books on English language arts instruction describe the teaching of units, but how many of them actually show how to create the units, make them meaningfulPeter Smagorinsky, a highly respected figure in English Education, here offers new teachers principled and practical ways of authoring curriculum, even in traditional settings Randy BomerAuthor of Time for MeaningMany books on English language arts instruction describe the teaching of units, but how many of them actually show how to create the units, make them meaningful to students, and use them to support your curriculum from September to June Teaching English by Design does it all It helps avoid a fragmentary curriculum by providing the rationale and the process for not only teaching well but also for producing integrated units that encourage students to deepen their thinking across the school year Teaching English by Design is two books in one a primer for teaching secondary English and a comprehensive guide to creating and using four to six week instructional units Peter Smagorinsky shares important insight about students, how they learn, and what kinds of classrooms support their achievement in reading and writing Then he uses those findings to open up the key ideas of unit design to every teacher Smagorinsky s units are organized around key concepts in English, such as reading strategies writing strategies genres periods, regions, and movements in literature themes the works of a significant author.From original idea to construction, to implementation and beyond, Smagorinsky s practical advice supports teachers in extending, connecting, and integrating their units to increase the cohesion and power of the curriculum.Incorporating curricular theory, educational psychology, and fourteen years of high school teaching experience, Peter Smagorinsky s advice is both theoretically sound and grounded in the daily realities of today s teacher Complemented by a wealth of web based illustrations, Teaching English by Design is the ideal resource for preservice teachers as well as those in the classroom who want to take charge of their curriculum and find new energy in it.

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    1. Smagorinsky preaches a "constructivist" approach to teaching, which fits nicely in with the current "Charlotte Danielsen" philosophy on trend. He offers a website with additional ideas which I am sure I will eventually have reason to reference. I do have a problem with an author of a book for teaching English who regularly ignores formal grammar rules and concludes his sentences with participles. Then again, this book was for a class wherein the PhD Professor of Literacy routinely uses the non-w [...]

    2. Smagorinksy gave me a better vocabulary for explaining my stance on education and my teaching philosophy. (Constructivist teaching vs. authoritative teaching). What I was really excited about was seeing Smagorinsky's unit plan. I wanted to know how he conducted lessons and put his ideas into practice. While I got a lot out of his book, the unit plan wasn't detailed enough for me. It's funny because he actually says his day to day planning may be too detailed for some. At one point, he says the c [...]

    3. My background is in higher ed instruction, so like most of my English-teaching colleagues, I never had any formal training in literature pedagogy per se. Having been teaching lit for twenty years, I like to think I've learned some things in the saddle. One thing I did NOT know how to do, however, is design an actual lesson plan. When I started working with students planning to go into secondary-level English teaching, I thought I should get a better feel for how they might approach syllabus desi [...]

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