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The English Teacher's Survival Guide


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About This Resource xiii About the Authors xv 1 BEGINNING THE SCHOOL YEAR 1 Designing a Lesson for Day One 2 Learning Still More About Your Students 7 Helping Students Know One Another 15 2 MANAGING YOUR CLASSROOM 17 Arranging the Room 17 Planning for Books, Paper, and Equipment 21 Planning an Efficient Classroom 24 Devising a Fair Grading System 34 3 CREATING A MASTER PLAN, INDIVIDUAL UNITS, AND DAILY LESSONS 43 Designing a Year-Long Course 44 Planning Teaching Units 45 Creating Daily Lesson Plans 46 Team Planning and Teaching 53 Planning for English Language Learners 57 Planning for Students with Special Needs in an Inclusive Classroom 58 Mechanics 61 4 DESIGNING, MONITORING, AND GRADING COOPERATIVE LEARNING ACTIVITIES 65 Designing Group Activities 66 Monitoring Cooperative Group Work 68 Grading Cooperative Group Projects 78 5 TEACHING WRITING 89 Teaching the Writing Process 90 Managing Your Writing Classroom 91 Using Mini-Lessons 118 Sharing Student Writing: Presenting and Publishing 130 Evaluating and Grading Student Writing 131 Designing Assignments for a Variety of Formats 144 6 TEACHING READING AND LITERATURE 159 Approaches to the Teaching of Literature 160 Selecting Texts for Student Readers 167 Planning for Readers? Responses 178 Evaluation, Testing, and Grading 201 During and After Reading: Reader?s Theater 202 7 TEACHING LISTENING AND SPEAKING 209 Teaching Listening 210 Conversing with One Person 213 Conversing in Small Groups 215 Conversing in Large Groups 221 Presenting Individual Speeches 222 8 USING TECHNOLOGY AND MEDIA IN THE CLASSROOM 229 What Is Media Literacy? 230 Twenty-First-Century Literacies 230 Encouraging Responsible Use of Computers and the Internet 230 Types of Media 232 Re-creating Media Literacy 239 Advice for Getting Started 239 9 WORKING WITH OTHERS 245 Working with Parents 246 Working with Teachers and Administrators 253 Working with Community Resources 257 10 AVOIDING BURNOUT AND BECOMING A MORE EFFECTIVE TEACHER 259 Staying Healthy and Fit 260 Becoming a More Effective Teacher 262 APPENDIX A SAMPLE UNIT PLANS 269 Themes in African American Literature 269 Discovering My Identity 280 Focus on Poetry and the Personal Memoir 281 Introducing Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet Graphic Novel 286 APPENDIX B TWENTY ASSESSMENT SUGGESTIONS 287 APPENDIX C STRATEGIES FOR DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION 291 APPENDIX D YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE TITLES 295 APPENDIX E RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS 305 References 309 Index 313

About the Author

Mary Lou Brandvik, a former Teacher of the Year, has taught English in public schools and at the university level. In 1991 she received the Lila B. Wallace Teacher-Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her previous books include Writing Process Activities Kit. Katherine S. McKnight, Ph.D. has been a literacy educator for over 20 years. A former high school English teacher, she is currently associate professor of secondary education at National-Louis University and a national consultant for National Council of Teachers of English. She is the author of The Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, also from Jossey-Bass.

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