Foreword by Jeffrey Wilhelm; Introduction; Preface by George Hillocks, Jr., What I've Tried to Teach My Students; An Introduction to Inquiry. 1. "At-risk" Students and the Use of Inquiry by Julianna Cucci and Jamie Kowalczyk; 2. Inquiry Versus Naive Relativism by Jeff Markham; Writing Instruction; 3. Dialogue Folders: Creating Space to Engage Students in Conversation about Their Writing by Kevin Perks; 4. Inquiry, Dialogue, and the Teaching of Writing by Joseph Flanagan; 5. The Other Writing Process by Tim Pappageorge; Discussion and Activity; 6. The Role of Play in Activity-Based Instruction by David A. Ragsdale and Peter Smagorinsky; 7. Engaging Students in Authentic Discussions of Literature by Larry R. Johannessen and Elizabeth Kahn; 8. It's Always Something: Planning for Sustained Discussion by Thomas M. McCann Literature Instruction; 9. Lessons from Chevys by Michael W. Smith; 10. Reading Level Guide by Declan Fitzpatrick; 11. Cultural Modeling in the Hillocks Tradition by Carol D. Lee; 12. Critically Thinking about Harry Potter by Joanne M. Marshall Inquiry, Learning, and Reflection; 13. Learning Strategies and Knowing Oneself by Kierstin Thompson and Jennifer Roloff Welch; 14. Increase the Peace by Steven Gevinson.
Thomas M. McCann, Larry R. Johannessen, Elizabeth Kahn, Peter Smagorinsky, and Michael W. Smith were all graduate students of George Hillocks, Jr. at the University of Chicago. They have explored ways to engage critical readers, writers, and speakers in more than 30 books, in over 300 articles, and in hundreds of presentations all over the world. Together, they have over eighty years experience as secondary English teachers, and as university faculty they have taught hundreds of preservice and practicing teachers. They've been friends and collaborators for years.
Peter Smagorinsky is the coauthor of The Dynamics of Writing Instruction (2010) and author of Teaching English by Design (2007). Peter taught high school English from 1976 to 1990 in public schools outside Chicago and now teaches in the program in English Education at The University of Georgia. In 2007 he was presented with the UGA Graduate School Outstanding Mentoring Award in Humanities and Fine and Applied Arts. Peter is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles, including the Heinemann title Reflective Teaching, Reflective Learning, which he coedited in 2006.
Michael Smith is coauthor with Jeffrey Wilhelm and Michael Smith of Get It Done!; Oh, Yeah?!; and So, What's the Story?. Michael, a professor in Temple University's College of Education, joined the ranks of college teachers after 11 years of teaching high school English. He has won awards for his teaching at both the high school and college levels. His research focuses on understanding how experienced readers read and talk about texts as well as what motivates adolescents' reading and writing out of school. He uses that understanding to think about how to devise more effective and engaging reading and writing instruction for adolescents in school. Michael has cowritten or coedited three other Heinemann books, Going with the Flow; Reflective Teaching, Reflective Learning; and "Reading Don't Fix No Chevys". For Chevys he and coauthor Jeff Wilhelm received the NCTE David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English. When he's not working, Michael's likely to be watching or talking about sports, reading, or playing with his granddaughter.
"Sometimes we find our teachers, and sometimes our teachers find us. If you do not know George Hillocks, Jr. and his work, then this volume will make you his student in ways that will be transformative. - Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Coauthor of Reading Don't Fix No Chevys"