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Tough Talk, Tough Texts: Teaching English to Change the World

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Tough Talk, Tough Texts is a catalyst for reminding all of us who work with young people about the danger of throwing away the lifeblood of our students' interior worlds and our own dreams of changing the world for the better.... Tough Talk, Tough Texts insists that we offer students books that are not simply larger, bulkier Hallmark cards but that instead challenge them t ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Love this book! It's both practical and inspirational, offering specific suggestions for text selection and text analysis that goes beyond "literature circles." One section in the last chapter, in which the author challenges teachers to be advocates for social change, is particularly noteworthy. In it, she quotes from Lois Lowry's speech when she won the Newberry prize for The Giver: "The man that I named The Giver passed along to the boy knowledge, history, memories, color, pain, laughter, love ...more
Normally when I read a book on teaching that includes an extended lesson plan, I will cherry-pick an idea here and there that I might appropriate or modify for my own uses. But in this case, I would be totally satisfied to implement every single element, from assignment to suggested support materials, into my own classroom with confidence. As it turns out, this is the central text I'll be using in teaching an adolescent lit class for secondary English teachers this Fall.
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I really like how this book gives lots of different ways to help students prepare for talking about issues in a safe and encouraging environment. While it does focus on book clubs, a lot of the reading and speaking strategies could also be used with larger groups. Overall, there is a lot in here to help a teacher set up and facilitate the discussion of difficult topics that many times students (and sometimes even teachers) shy away from because they can make people uncomfortable...but I think th ...more
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