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.
- 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
- 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.