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Writing for Real: Strategies for Engaging Adolescent Writers


reviewed by James Collins — 2004

coverTitle: Writing for Real: Strategies for Engaging Adolescent Writers
Author(s): Ross M. Burkhardt
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers, Portland, ME
ISBN: 1571103589, Pages: 293, Year: 2003
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Years ago I had a colleague I’ll call Clif who could invent a meaningful writing lesson on the fly, seemingly out of any materials available.  For example, I once told Clif how my daughter had been disappointed by the failure of the tooth fairy to show up at our house as expected, and a few minutes later he entered his eleventh-grade honors classroom and turned my tale of parental forgetfulness into an animated prewriting discussion of parent-child relations and related issues of truthfulness and trust.  Clif was a natural teacher, one who had great passion for his work and who possessed the right degrees of patience, charm, and communicative ability to lead willing students in the direction of intellectual growth.  What’s more, Clif’s lessons were always consistent with his underlying, emerging philosophy of what English teaching was really about. I share this anecdote because I have just finished reading Ross Burkhardt’s Writing for Real, and the book has put me in a narrative mood and reminded me... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 257-261
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11159, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 1:35:40 PM

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  • James Collins
    State University of New York at Buffalo
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    James Collins is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His professional interests include writing and the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, classroom discourse, and low-performing learners. He is the author of Strategies for Struggling Writers (Guilford, 1998), and he is currently finishing a book on positioning theory and literacy instruction, with Kathleen Collins and Elizabeth Dutro.
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