Writing for Real

Strategies for Engaging Adolescent Writers

Getting adolescents to love writing is one of the most difficult tasks a teacher faces. But for nearly twenty years, something miraculous happened in an eighth-grade classroom on Long Island: not only did adolescents learn to love to write, they also learned how to write effectively and eloquently in a wide range of genres for multiple audiences.

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Getting adolescents to love writing is one of the most difficult tasks a teacher faces. But for nearly twenty years, something miraculous happened in an eighth-grade classroom on Long Island: not only did adolescents learn to love to write, they also learned how to write effectively and eloquently in a wide range of genres for multiple audiences.

In Writing for Real, Ross Burkhardt offers a wealth of writing strategies—collected over his career as a classroom teacher and key f...read more

About the Author(s)

Ross became a teacher because "I found a profession that challenged me, used all of my skills, put me into daily contact with young people, allowed my creativity to emerge, and made a difference in the world."

Table of Contents

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Foreword by John Lounsbury

Part 1: The First Five Weeks
1. Writing for Real
2. Assertions About Writing
3. Day One: Getting Started
4. Day Two: The Distinctions
5. Free-Verse Poetry
6. Interior Monologues and Personal Essays
7. Anthologies and Writing Groups
8. Journals
Summary

Part 2: Writing and Learning
9. Letters
10. Anticipating the Unexpected
11. The Holiday Memory Piece
12. Lessons Learned
13. The Letter to Self
14. The Gift of Writing
15. The Essay Contest, the School Newspaper, and Responding to a Play
Summary

Part 3: Culminating and Reflecting
16. The Poetry Booklet
17. The Parent Writing Conference
18. The Individual Magazine
19. Writing for Closure
20. Reflections on Writing
Epilogue
Appendix: Sample Forms and Typical Assignments
Bibliography
Index

Product Details

Grade Range: 6-12
Media: 312 pp/paper
Year: 2002
Item No: 0358
ISBN: 978-157110-358-1

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