Adolescents Rewrite their Worlds: Using Literature to Illustrate Writing Forms is definitely every middle school teacher's "go-to book" for reading and writing instruction. The contributors respect and understand that integrating digital literacies and multimodal projects into the language arts curriculum motivates and engages adolescents to read and write culturally authentic texts. Student choice and collaboration bring the meaning and social interactions that adolescents crave to projects such as writing graphic novels, creating film adaptations of texts, using Photo Story, and illustrator studies that marry technology with traditional writing tasks, always keeping the learner at the center. A book for the 21st century and beyond, the authors tap into what's important to students and suggest teaching and learning projects that can prepare students for the critical thinking and problem solving they need to be productive participants in our ever-changing global society. This is truly a must-have professional book for every middle school teacher! -- Laura Robb, literacy coach, educational consultant, teacher, and author Provide time, offer choice, and empower students! Adolescents Rewrite their Worlds: Using Literature to Illustrate Writing Forms is an inspiring collection of theoretical and engaging ideas that supports a teaching of literacy that goes beyond the simple mandate of skills. The authors share numerous classroom strategies on how to use children's literature and meaningful writing pieces to transform and empower students' cultural and democratic thinking. The book validates the importance of pleasure reading, and provides a refreshing look at multimodal compositions, digital biographies, multigenre projects, graphic novels, and visual literacy that will motivate all ELA teachers to try something new! During a time when it might be easy for teachers to be sucked into standards and prescribed methodologies, this book is a vital reminder that adolescents are more likely to choose to read, write, and think critically when classroom environments provide "space" for such practices. -- Liz Gray, grade 6 ELA teacher, Carlisle Public Schools, Carlisle, MA
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