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Coaching Writing in Content Areas: Write-for-Insight Strategies, Grades 6-12, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By William J. Strong

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jun 7, 2011

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From one of America’s most respected writing professors–practical, motivating strategies for making writing a tool for learning, and for integrating it into content area instruction. This resource helps new and veteran teachers work smarter, not harder. Prompted by a “near-total neglect of writing” in content areas outside English, and drawing on the work of expert teachers, Bill Strong shows how write-for-insight coaching strategies enhance content learning. The clear, personal voice of the book–coupled with its rich examples–has made the first edition a “thumbs-up” favorite with National Writing Project sites across the nation. Early chapters of the book show how expressive writing can spark active learning; the later chapters demonstrate how public writing can extend student knowledge, preparing students for future success in academic and employment arenas. Written by a masterful teacher of teachers, the book’s friendly, thought-provoking style is appropriate for both in-service and pre-service teachers in diverse disciplines.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dan Kirby     

About the Author  


PREFACE     Introducing Insight    

New to This Edition

Now a Small Confession   

Writing and Skiing           

Learning Together            

Why Writing Matters       

Good News from NAEP      

Writing on the Home Front              

Mapping the Chapters       


Write for Insight Activity 


1  Writing from the Inside Out          

Remembered Writing       

Narration as Knowledge  

Prompting Narrative       

Literacy Autobiographies 

Reflecting on Narrative   

Content Area Examples   

Narrative Insights          

Write for Insight Activity


2  Challenging the Hidden Curriculum         

Teacher as Writer             

Resistance to Writing       

The Hidden Curriculum of Writing               

Roots of the Hidden Curriculum     

Writing without Grades    

Note-Taking and Note-Making        

Resisting the Hidden Curriculum  

Making Learning Personal             

Writing-to-Learn Samples

Thinking Outside the Box

Write for Insight Activity 


3  Exploring Expressive Writing      

Windows to the Heart        

Opening Expressive Windows         

Quotation Prompts             

Guided Imagery  

Dramatic Scenarios (Cases)            


Dialogue Writing               

A Reader/Writer Dialogue              

Write for Insight Activity 


4  Tapping the Power of Metaphor   

Valentine’s Day  

The Power of Metaphor     

Exercising Metaphor         

More about Metaphor        

Using Semantic Charts     

Using Pattern Poems         

Metaphors in Prose           

Metaphors of Teaching     

Write for Insight Activity  


5    Helping Basic Writers Succeed    

Basics of Good Teaching  

Wall Text Basics

Back to Human Basics      

Developing Transcribing Skill       

Using Content-Based Dictation       

Summarizing and Paraphrasing     

Teaching Basics Strategically        

Sentence-Combining Basics            

Workshop-Style Teaching

A Bridge to Literacy          

Write for Insight Activity


6  Designing Assignments and Rubrics        

Darth Vader in Action       

Assignments by Design    

Assignments to Motivate  

Ten Design Principles      

Context + RAFT = CRAFT               

Case Study of an Assignment          

Content Area Writing Tasks          

Darth Vader Revisited       

Write for Insight Activity 


7    Managing the Writing Process     

Coaching Writing              

Visualizing the Writing Process   

Understanding the Model  

Guiding Cycle 1 Activities (Prewriting)        

Guiding Cycle 2 Activities (Revising)            

Prompting Self-Assessment            

Bumps in Process Teaching            

Managing Collaborative Writing    

Write for Insight Activity 


8  Coaching and Judging Writing      

Responding to Writing     

Thinking about Assessment            

Coaching versus Judging 

Getting Ready to Coach     

Up-Front Coaching             

Coaching as Response      

Audiotape Coaching           

Getting Ready to Judge     

Judging Portfolios             

Coaching as a Lifetime Sport          

Write for Insight Activity 


9  Researching Outside the Box

A Research Story               

Personalized Research     

The Saturation Report      

A Student Saturation Report           

The I-Search Paper            

Multigenre Research Project          

Challenging Advanced Students     

Traditional Guided Research           

The Problem of Fakery     

Write for Insight Activity 


10  Writing in a Digital World 

Cultural Divide   

iPod Inspiration  

WebQuest Nation               

PowerPoint Pedagogy        

A Gift of Glogs    

Guerrilla Journalism        

Classroom Demonstration               

Blogging Basics

Exploratory First Steps

Write for Insight Activity



Revisiting Insight       

Listening to Students        

Coaching with Insight       

Leveling with Students      

The “Writing Next” Report             

Listening to Research

Write for Insight Activity


APPENDIX A Literacy Autobiography Case Study


APPENDIX B Bob Tierney’s Concept-Trigger Words


APPENDIX C Macie Wolfe’s Cubing Activity


APPENDIX D Generic Graphic Organizers  


APPENDIX E Content Area Writing Assignments  





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