New Texts And Lessons—How It’s Organized


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 this video, Nancy and Smokey walk you through the new book.

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.


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.

Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Writing will release in April. Learn more here.

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Nancy Steineke and Harvey "Smokey" Daniels are the coauthors of Texts and Lessons for Content-Area ReadingTexts and Lessons for Teaching LiteratureMini-lessons for Literature Circles, and Content-Area Writing.

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