When Nancy Steineke and Harvey "Smokey" Daniels designed the new Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Writing, they designed it like a cookbook.
"In a cookbook," says Nancy, "you can open up any chapter and say, 'I'm going to make a dessert, what looks good?'" As it relates to teachers, seeing Texts and Lessons as a cookbook helps how you might focus on reading skills or writing skills.
In the book, chapters three through ten are strategy lessons—offerings like "Sparking Thinking With Quick Writes" and "Digging Deeper Into Texts"—while chapters eleven, twelve, and thirteen are text set lessons.
The three text set lessons are divided by the three most common and standards-based nonfiction genres. These lessons focus on rich and fresh topics, offering multiple points of entry for students, and providing for a deep and sustained engagement in reading and writing:
Chapter 11: Writing an Interview with Paul Robeson. Writing focus: nonfiction narrative.
Chapter 12: Creating a Fact Sheet About Edible Insects. Writing focus: nonfiction informative.
Chapter 13: Writing a Letter to the Editor About Military Animal Use. Writing focus: nonfiction argument.
In this video, Nancy and Smokey walk you through the new book.
Content-area teachers, rejoice once again: Nancy Steineke and Harvey "Smokey" Daniels bring you the companion volume to their ever popular Texts & Lessons for Content-Area Reading—this time helping students “write to learn,” using powerful writing and thinking strategies that get students engaged in your content and prepare them for academic writing, but don’t increase your workload.
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Nancy Steineke consults nationally as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, webinar leader, and literacy coach for K–12 teachers. She specializes in content-area literacy, nonfiction writing, purposeful close reading, literature circles, and student engagement. Using her experiences teaching English, history, and vocational education, Nancy keeps the focus on research-supported manageable strategies that help teachers get the job done in ways that best benefit students. She is the author/co-author of seven professional books, her most recent being Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Writing, a collaboration with Harvey “Smokey” Daniels. Nancy is active on Twitter, posting links and ideas useful to educators as well as retweeting posts that deserve curation. Find her on Twitter: @nsteineke.
Harvey "Smokey" Daniels works with elementary and secondary teachers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, offering demonstration lessons, workshops, and consulting, with a special focus on creating, sustaining, and renewing student-centered inquiries and discussions of all kinds. Smokey shows colleagues how to simultaneously build students' reading strategies, balance their reading diets, and strengthen the social skills they need to become genuine lifelong readers. Find him on Twitter: @smokeylit.