Table of Contents

I. Fixing Attention: The Spotlight in the Classroom

  1. English: What to Teach
  2. The First Assessment: Appreciating Existing Literacies
  3. Teaching Reading and Writing Lives

II. Reading Outside the Skin: Making Thinking Visible

  1. Environments for Building Readers
  2. Reading for Understanding: Building and Inhabiting the World of the Text
  3. Thinking Further About Texts: Teaching Toward Interpretive Reading
  4. Teaching Thinking Devices
  5. Teaching Students to Have Great Conversations
  6. Writing That Supports Readers’ Meaning Making

III. To Make: Teaching Writing as the Design of Meaning and Relationship

  1. Writing as a Tool for Thinking: Launching and Managing Writers’ Notebooks
  2. What Is There to Teach About Writing to Think?
  3. Teaching Effective Writing by Pointing Students Toward Their Audiences
  4. Empirical Inquiry into Qualities of Good Writing

IV. Extensions and Contractions: Curriculum in Today’s English Classrooms

  1. Teaching for Participation in Digital Culture
  2. Making More of Grammar: Language Study the Way Linguists Do It
  3. Working Toward Tests Without Insulting Students’ Intelligence
  4. Planning a Year

Appendix: Likely Genres and Possible Goals Within Them