Bridging English (3rd Edition)

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9780130453068: Bridging English (3rd Edition)

The third edition of this popular book again takes a balanced, comprehensive approach to teaching English—one that creates a bridge between theory/background and practices that reflect today's diverse, challenging high school classrooms. This book has been praised for its unique components: discussion of “four stages” of reading texts and “three phases” of teaching texts. The authors' many years of experience teaching English are obvious throughout the material, but nowhere more so than in their straightforward presentation of organization and planning for instruction and their firm stand on teaching grammar. This book covers the challenging and the controversial in English instruction and explores censorship, national standards, high-stakes testing, multi-lingual students, and multicultural literature. For professionals in the field of teaching.

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This comprehensive English methods book brings together established tradition, current theory and research, and innovative classroom practice for future secondary English teachers. Basic principles of learning, language, and literature that inform practice are clearly presented...and an account of actual practice -- approaches, strategies, activities, materials, and texts -- occupies the major portion of the twelve chapters.

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Effectively moving readers from theory (learning, language, literacy) to classroom practice, this book takes a balanced, comprehensive approach to teaching English. Expands on many crucial issues: constructivist principles of learning, approaches to teaching grammar, multicultural literature, reconciliation between reader response and new critical approaches to literature, readers' theater, instructional scaffolding, writing workshops, portfolios, and censorship. Covers developments new to the field: a reading cycle (enter, explore, extend), Christenbury and Kelly's questioning circle, new historical criticism, Dias's research on adolescent poetry readers, literature circles, Applebee's conversation-based planning, and authentic assessment For future secondary English teachers.

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