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New Realms for Writing

Inspire Student Expression with Digital Age Formats
Product code: WRITNG
ISBN: 9781564847904
Published: 2019
Expected publication date: 06/2019
Topics: Tools, Personalized learning, Literacies, Digital storytelling
Length: 144 pages

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By Michele Haiken

The world should be the driving curriculum in our schools. Assignments should be authentic, have real-world connections and encourage students to create meaningful work. Accordingly, texts read in school should go beyond fiction and nonfiction, and include podcasts, popular culture, games and films to help students build writing and critical-thinking skills.

New Realms for Writing features a variety of teacher-created resources and samples of student work to illustrate how teachers can design inquiry units for their content area that are authentic and engage students while developing digital age skills.

This book: 

  • Provides insights into creating and using innovative materials and texts that are differentiated and personalized to student learners, specifically for teaching writing. 
  • Offers tips for making thoughtful teaching and purpose central to teaching, with tech tools in support of student learning, but not driving it.
  • Provides pedagogy and lesson ideas that promote student choice and voice within units of study that make cross-curricular connections.


There are many great tech tools to support learning, but thoughtful teaching and purpose must be at the center of the conversation, with tech supporting robust pedagogy. This book offers strategies and lesson ideas to help teachers make sure their instruction is doing just that.

About the Author

Michele Haiken is a literacy teacher at Rye Middle School in Rye, New York, and an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She’s a frequent speaker and has written or contributed to multiple books, including Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age, Personalized Reading and Gamify Literacy.