Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing

Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing

Penny Kittle / Jun 21, 2019

Write Beside Them Risk Voice and Clarity in High School Writing Please join us in congratulating Penny Kittle for her NCTE Britton Award for Write Beside Them This book is about teaching writing and the gritty particulars of teaching adolescents But it is als

  • Title: Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing
  • Author: Penny Kittle
  • ISBN: 9780325010977
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Please join us in congratulating Penny Kittle for her 2009 NCTE Britton Award for Write Beside Them This book is about teaching writing and the gritty particulars of teaching adolescents But it is also the planning, the thinking, the writing, the journey all I ve been putting into my teaching for the last two decades This is the book I wanted when I was first given nintPlease join us in congratulating Penny Kittle for her 2009 NCTE Britton Award for Write Beside Them This book is about teaching writing and the gritty particulars of teaching adolescents But it is also the planning, the thinking, the writing, the journey all I ve been putting into my teaching for the last two decades This is the book I wanted when I was first given ninth graders and a list of novels to teach This is a book of vision and hope and joy, but it is also a book of genre units and minilessons and actual conferences with students Penny Kittle What makes the single biggest difference to student writers When the invisible machinery of your writing processes is made visible to them Write Beside Them shows you how to do it It s the comprehensive book and DVD that English language arts teachers need to ensure that teens improve their writing Across genres, Penny Kittle presents a flexible framework for instruction, the theory and experience to back it up, and detailed teaching information to help you implement it right away Each section of Write Beside Them describes a specific element of Kittle s workshop Daily writing practice writer s notebooks and quick writes Instructional frameworks minilessons, organization, conferring, and sharing drafts Genre work narrative, persuasion, and writing in multiple genres Skills work grammar, punctuation, and style Assessment evaluation, feedback, portfolios, and grading All along the way, Kittle demonstrates minilessons that respond to students immediate needs, and her Student Focus sections profile and spotlight how individual writers grew and changed over the course of her workshop In addition, Write Beside Them provides a study guide, reproducibles, writing samples from Penny and her students, suggestions for nurturing your own writing life, and a helpful FAQ Best of all, the accompanying DVD takes you right inside Penny s classroom Its video clips explicitly model how to make the process of writing accessible to all kids Penny Kittle s active coaching and can do attitude alone will energize your teaching and inspire you to write with your students But her strategies, expert advice, and compelling in class video footage will help you turn inspiration into great teaching Read Write Beside Them and discover that the most important influence for all young writers is their teacher Write Beside Them debuts as the field s most comprehensive, contemporary, and practical book on high school writing Kittle not only tells how a skillful writing teacher operates, she shows you on the accompanying DVD, with clips of kids at work in every stage of a writing workshop And all this glorious teaching happens with real, sometimes struggling kids who remind us of our own classrooms and students Write Beside Them is the whole package Harvey Daniels Author of Content Area Writing and Subjects Matter Click here to view a sample video from the DVD.

    Write Beside Them Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School In addition,Write Beside Them provides a study guide, reproducibles, writing samples from Penny and her students, suggestions for nurturing your own writing life, and a helpful FAQ Best of all, the accompanying DVD takes you right inside Penny s classroom. Write Beside Them by Penny Kittle Risk, Voice, and Each section of Write Beside Them describes a specific element of Penny s workshop Daily writing practice writer s notebooks and quick writes Instructional frameworks minilessons, organization, conferring, and sharing drafts Genre work narrative, persuasion, and writing in multiple genres Skills work grammar, punctuation, and style. Write Beside Them Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Write Beside Them debuts as the field s most comprehensive, contemporary, and practical book on high school writing Kittle not only tells how a skillful writing teacher operates, she shows you on the accompanying DVD, with clips of kids at work in every stage of a writing workshop. Heinemann Professional books and multimedia resources STUDY GUIDE Discussion Possibilities for Write Beside Them ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TEACHING WRITING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Student samples of writing you can use in class as model texts Of Time and Rivers by Josh Bossie The House on the Hill by Elizabeth Howland To Whom It May Concern by Logan Dwight Write Beside Them Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Write Beside Them Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing This book is about teaching writing and the gritty particulars of teaching adolescents But it is also the planning, the thinking, the writing, the journey all I ve been putting into my teaching for the last two decades. Write Beside Them, said Penny Kittle And so I did Write Beside Them, said Penny Kittle And so I did In the back of my mind, though, I knew there was a missing piece the instruction has to come during the process of creating the piece, not in polishing the product, or nothing changes I was sharing bits and pieces of the process the lead, the detail stretching, the vocabulary enriching, write beside them Penny Kittle write beside them risk, voice, and clarity in writing with students Penny Kittle Who dares to teach must never cease to learn Cicero In our national graduation rate was % In the prison population, % do not have a high school diploma Regarding literacy skills % of those at level one live in poverty, % at level five do. write beside them huffenglish Write Beside Them Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing helped me understand the importance of modeling, of the teacher as learner The book includes a DVD, so you can see Penny s writing workshop in progress. Write Beside Them Write Beside Them A place where one teacher shares her triumphs and trials with others who care about kids Labels Moments Testing Tips About Me View my complete profile Followers Blog Archive April Determining a Main Idea Beside or Besides What s The Difference Writing Explained When to Use Beside The word beside without the s functions as a preposition and its most common definition is at the side of next to My best friend will always stand beside me The soldier had his pistol beside his hips We all sat beside the fire and cooked ss.

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        Penny Kittle teaches seniors at Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire She is also the K 12 literacy coach for the Conway schools and directs the new teacher mentoring program She is the author of Book Love 2013 , Write Beside Them 2008 , The Greatest Catch a life in teaching 2005 , and Public Teaching one kid at a time 2003 she co authored Inside Writing 2005 with Donald Graves She presents at writing conferences throughout the United States and Canada.But if you want the real story I dance and sing along to really loud music in my car I just ate all of the MM s out of my trail mix and I am the first one to keel over when we do those balancing moves in Pilates.


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    1. Penny Kittle's book, Write Beside Them, resonated with me from page one. Her writing, her thinking about the art of teaching writing (well) caused me to read, stop and ponder, readWell, you get the picture. And this, from a teacher who has taught many grades but only as high as the seventh (and for one brief year, at that). And that's the beauty of Write Beside Them. Kittle's thinking is applicable to ALL teachers of writing. At times affirming and at times instructive, Kittle reminds me why we [...]


    2. Why do we write? What can writing do for us? Why teach writing?When mired in the daily grind of teaching, why we teach often gets lost. I don't mean the precipitating stories that turned us to teaching in the first place. I mean why we enjoy our subject area.Kittle reminds us that while not every student is college-bound or career-ready, writing offers boundless potential for both career and personal advancement for both groups of students, but not when it is locked within the mire of five-parag [...]




    3. While I often share my own writing with students, I admit that I don't often talk through my process and craft with them - after reading this book, and I see how problematic that is. Penny Kittle makes a great case for talking craft and making it the centerpiece of the workshop model. Mentor texts aren't enough, much as I love them - students needs to see how a work comes to be, rather than seeing only the finished product. I definitely plan to pass along this book to my National Writing Project [...]


    4. What you will find in this book:1. Inspiration to tap into what YOU are passionate about and use that for your writing (it's the only way you and your students will be invested in the process)2. Callings to write every day 3. Moving student stories (lots of student voice here!)4. A look at the foundation of Kittle's writing units and how they progress5. A dvd that captures everything she talks about in a span of four days (videos also feel authentic and not heavily edited)What You Will Not Find: [...]


    5. Here are my big take-aways from Write Beside Them:1. Play is a very important component in learning how to write. (p. 37) (I don't need many excuses to play around with writing in class, but it's good to have reminders that it's not just goofing off.)2. Making a list is a good way to get unstuck or a solid basis for a prewriting activity. (p. 137) Outlines can seem daunting or overly formal, but a list -- anybody can do a list. It's not as scary-sounding as an outline, but it can serve many of t [...]


    6. Penny Kittle is the bomb. I'm using this book right now as part of a professional development course I'm teaching for 9th grade teachers to introduce the concepts of reading & writing workshop. This is verrrrry different from traditional high school teaching--what I appreciate about Kittle is her honesty. (I'm sure her students appreciate it too.) It matters a lot for the group of teachers I'm working with that Kittle is a high school teacher (I teach middle school, so I can only speak with [...]


    7. Book #32 of 2016.Ugh, Penny Kittle, you are such an inspiration.Kittle more tells you her stories of teaching than she gives specific strategies, but they are inspiring. All the same, I gleaned valuable insight from this book. In particular, I thought about how I view writing in the classroom, how to motivate my students to revise (which prompted another book purchase), and how I structure writing workshop time. Kittle does give excellent dialogues to use when conferring with students, and those [...]


    8. I mined this book for both inspiration and solid teaching advice. It comes with a DVD full of classroom best practices and a wealth of resources. I couldn't give 5 stars, however, because I am struggling to adapt my teaching context to this example writing class. I teach 150 9th graders in an English I course. I want to have a rich writing course, but I am short on time and buried under required texts and mandatory tests. I appreciate Penny Kittle and would love to continue to learn from her, I [...]


    9. Although this book is written for high school, I have taken away so many ideas for my middle school classroom. The DVD is added bonus for it gives us a peak inside Penny's classroom and notebook. This is certainly a book I will return to time and time again.


    10. This book REALLY helped me remember why I wanted to become a teacher - for me, this book got me back to the roots of my teaching philosophy. Just switching some gears in tutoring after reading this book showed a spark in my students. I am actually excited to start school!


    11. I wanted to read this book because I thought I could borrow some cool ideas for my classroom. What I didn't expect was that I am about to sit down and redesign my classroom to more effectively incorporate reading and writing. I have high hopes for next year!


    12. I enjoyed this book, and it's filled with great ideas that I would like to implement. However, Kittle teaches a writing course in block scheduling, and I teach English in 40 minutes. It would be very hard for me to do everything she does, but I could pick and choose.


    13. Any future English teachers should pick up a copy of this book. It is super inspiring, and it reminds me of all the good aspects of teaching.


    14. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I appreciate the heartfelt approach to teaching writing -- Kittle reminds us that students must be the center of instruction.



    15. Another fantastic and inspiring read from Penny Kittle, one of my favorite professional writers. I can't wait to implement some of the ideas from this in my classroom!


    16. First, I want to say that very few books are given the title, “This book changed my life!” This book by Penny Kittle makes the list!A former colleague of mine had told me that this book was better than Kittle’s Book Love – which I found very hard to believe. He was right! This book promotes WRITING and actually shows me how it can be done. Of course, all schools/curriculums would have to make adjustments, but, after reading this book, I am empowered to make this type of writing workshop [...]


    17. Good resource for (realistically) implementing the workshop/apprenticeship model in a secondary classroom. Liked: specific lesson/units & annotated student examples, "final thoughts" section at the end of each unit, the "multigenre project" section, & emphasis on feedback vs. assessment.Disliked: overkill on inspirational/motivational student storiesI like a few of them but I feel like those overshadowed specific outlining of process as well as underemphasizing of literary analysis (I te [...]


    18. Going straight to my favorites shelf! A colleague gave me this book to read and it's already completely changed the way I look at teaching writing. Kittle's ability to create a writer's community is centered around one remarkable idea that seems so simple that it's easy to discount - writing WITH your students, every assignment, and letting them see you complete that writing process right in front of them, from messy brainstorming and terrible drafts, all the way to the finished product. I've be [...]


    19. After starting and stopping this book a number of times, I finally sat down and read through it over the course of two days, making notes of what big ideas and specific techniques I could take from this book.Ultimately, it's about creating a passion for writing. It's never about taking someone's classroom approach and mimicking it in every way; I need to fulfill my district's goals and how my personality fits to convey the importance of what we're doing.Fortunately, there are a number of ideas t [...]


    20. Kittle has some great ideas, but much like her other book, this one is repetitive and only semi-helpful. The repetition in this book is more frustrating than in Book Love. Additionally, her school runs on a block schedule and she never discusses how she would make the workshop work within the normal eight period day that is a reality for a majority of teachers and students. There are great ideas that might be worth reading to find, but they are either buried in the obvious or you have to endure [...]


    21. Penny Kittle takes the fear out of teaching writing by making it just as engaging for the teacher as it is for the students in this book, a must for middle and high school teachers and future teachers who intend to help students find their voice while embracing risk-taking and clarity in their writing.


    22. Stellar. You have to remember though's an elective and currently we have no electives that come close to that sort. It's easy for me to get intimidated by this book, but I think I'm more inspiredI just need to keep my wits about me. Wonderful book!



    23. Penny Kittle makes a persuasive argument, provides structure and examples for running a system for independent readers in high school. I hope to use this book to guide my classes into this system!


    24. Great practical explanation (with tons of student samples and videos) of how to implement writing workshop in a high school classroom.



    25. Not only does this inspiring book encourage me to help my students become better (and more authentic) writers, it also inspires me to become a writer myself. It is incredibly moving, eyeopening, uplifting, and at times frightening. As English teachers, the majority of us assign novels and 5 paragraph essays in response to those novels. This in itself does not breed quality writing. In fact, this type of formulaic, inauthentic writing stifles young writers, and let's face it, this type of writing [...]


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