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The Dynamics of Writing Instruction: A Structured Process Approach for Middle and High School

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Where do English teachers start when introducing different genres of writing?

"Learning begins with activity and learning benefits from reinforcement and repetition." -Peter Smagorinsky, Larry Johannessen, Elizabeth Kahn, and Thomas McCann

An indispensable companion for scaffolding the writing process, The Dynamics of Writing Instruction is a guide to working with any studen
Paperback, 210 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Stephanie Plotkin
**I needed to read this for ENG 310.**
So I skimmed the majority of this book. It was really boring. I think Smagorinsky is a smart guy, but the "structured" approach, though important, is not taught in an interesting way.
I don't have much more to say on this book. I hope I learn more from the books I'll be reading for my multi-genre research project.
If you are out to learn, and you're a major in, books do not bore you no matter the content, then you might be able to get through th
Oct 14, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing
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This book is an excellent resource for teachers! I'm so glad I read it. While not everything in the book will be able to be directly applied in the classroom as is, there are various bases to start from and tweak to you class.

This is a resource of real life ideas that walk through how to introduce students to various genres of writing so that they understand it and it gives excellent ideas of how to build on what they know and learn toward an end goal. The teachers who shared their unit plans h
Feb 22, 2011 Deborah rated it really liked it
Lots of stuff teachers can use here to teach writing, which I like. And the structured process approach is a LOT like a strategic approach--the authors just call what I call strategies "procedures." The one disagreement I have with the book is the kind of dismissal of the use of models. In fact, the authors DO use models, but they tend to sprint over that because (I think) they are trying to be true to Hillocks' research that found the use of models to be a less effective way of teaching. Still, ...more
Alex Stewart
Aug 29, 2011 Alex Stewart rated it it was amazing
What a resource! This book helped me understand the world of writing so much better than I ever had before. Smagorinsky approaches writing in a way that simply makes sense. In a world filled with hundreds and thousands of writing books, this one provides the most real-world view on what students will respond to and what will help them learn best.

For those who are nervous about teaching writing skills at the high school level, I strongly suggest you pick this book up, it will calm any fear or an
Abbi Dion
A definite resource for teachers of writing. There isn't a great deal of room for flexibility, but that might appeal to certain teachers. The text really provides a step-by-step guide for implementing a lesson. The process is one of induction, group-decision, and building on skills. This all feels reasonable. Some of the exercises feel a bit dated and/or geared for a younger audience, BUT I feel those exercises can be tailored accordingly. Although this text feels at times contrived and I found ...more
Didn't necessarily like how it was used in the classroom, but could see how this is one approach to teaching writing that makes sense in some contexts. Not a waste of time by any means, but not a go-to book for me.
Suzette Kunz
May 10, 2013 Suzette Kunz rated it really liked it
This is a great text on teaching writing in a structured process way. I'm using it as a text for my methods class this fall and I think it will work well.
Tina  M
Jun 06, 2011 Tina M rated it it was amazing
One of the most practical books on writing instruction I've seen! Thank you Mr. Smagorinsky for a real book for real teachers to use today!
Jun 20, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
I'm a fan. I appreicate the theory AND the practical "Somebody did this in a classroom" format of the book. This is a book I will USE.
Mar 12, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed the structure of this book and how useful the information has become. It is worth checking out!
May 20, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
This was great in helping with constructing an MTA format of a unit
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