Boost students’ communication and writing skills, with strategies and
examples to help them craft their own stories, tell their truth and be
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, content created and read in school should go
beyond books 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
• Provides pedagogy and lesson ideas that promote
student choice and voice within units of study that make cross-curricular
• Offers tips to ensure that tech tools support student learning
-- while not driving it.
There are many great tech tools to support learning, but the conversation
must center on thoughtful teaching and purpose, with tech supporting robust
pedagogy. This book offers strategies and lesson ideas to help teachers make
sure their instruction does 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.