Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Writing

  • Title:Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Writing: With More Than 50 Texts from National Geographic, The New York Times, Prevention, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Harvard Business Review and Many Others
  • Author:Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Nancy Steineke
  • Publication Date:April 2016
  • Grade Level:6-12
  • ISBN:9780325077673
  • Publisher:Heinemann

“Using these practical lessons, you can teach your own subject matter in more compelling and memorable ways—and at the same time, help your students become better thinkers and writers across the day and through the year.” —Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke

Content-area teachers, rejoice once again:  Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke 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.  Here you’ll find:

  • Over 50 reproducible mentor texts that demonstrate the moves of skillful nonfiction writers
  • 36 ready to use content-literacy lessons designed to engage students in close reading, quick writing, and lively discussion
  • More than 100 options for meaningful, content-focused extended writing projects.

“And here’s the bonus you’ll only believe once you try this stuff,” Smokey and Nancy write, “these strategies add joy to our teaching. Classes feel crisper and more energetic; there is flow between writing and talking, reflection and action.”

Three text set lessons designed to be studied, written about, and debated together are divided into three nonfiction writing genres:

  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Explanatory/Informational
  • Persuasive texts/argumentative

A new web support feature in this edition includes downloadable copies of all the texts, articles, forms, prompts, and images that accompany lessons. Writing to learn in your content area has never been so cool—or so easy.


Author Bio

Harvey “Smokey” Daniels has been a city and suburban classroom teacher and a college professor, and now works as a national consultant and author on literacy education. In language arts, Smokey is known for his pioneering work on student book clubs. Harvey 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.

Nancy Steineke consults nationally as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and literacy coach for K-12 teachers. She specializes in content-area literacy, nonfiction writing, purposeful close reading, literature circles, and student engagement.

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