Prompt for 2009 Reading Research Group Book Response

Ideally, you have chosen a topic that is of personal and professional interest and, in some way, connected to your teaching demonstration. The goal of this response is to help you think about how to respond to the book. At its most basic, you can consider this a "traditional" book response in that you will summarize main points and offer a personal reaction to the text.

In a larger sense, you might think about this response as moving your classroom inquiry/teaching demo into another genre of professional writing: a conference session, a journal article, a proposal for a teacher research project. For instance, Art Peterson's "Ten Prompts to Help Turn Your Demonstration into an Article" gives you some ideas for thinking about the different components of your demo and how you could write about them ( print/resource/740).

No matter what genre you choose, this response is not meant to be a "full" article or proposal (although you would be able to complete a full conference session application). Instead, it is meant to synthesize your thinking and research from your teaching demo and reading group's work.

Book Cover Images from Heinemann

external image 0325007888.jpgOne to One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers
Calkins, Hartman, and White

external image 9780325009872.jpgTeaching the Neglected "R": Rethinking Writing Instruction in Secondary Classrooms
Newkirk and Kent

external image 9780325012476.jpgWriting Outside Your Comfort Zone: Helping Students Navigate Unfamiliar Genres
Fleischer and Andrew-Vaughn

external image 0325006881.jpgThe Power of Grammar: Unconventional Approaches to the Conventions of Language
Ehrenworth and Vinton

external image 43508714.jpgAfter "The End" Teaching and Learning Creative Revision
Barry Lane