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Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Middle and High School ELA

Five to Thrive [series]

Your guide to grow and learn as an ELA teacher!

Gain in-the-moment solutions to the most urgent challenges early-career teachers face in providing student-centered and efficient ELA instruction.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071858042
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication date: May 18, 2022

Price: $33.95



“Matthew Johnson, Dave Stuart Jr., and Matthew R. Kay have written a book to help navigate the burning questions early career teachers long to understand. From ways to build a community of learners to motivational instruction to feedback that works for students and teachers alike, these inspirational teachers share what it takes to craft a career for the long haul.”

- Andy Schoenborn, co-author of Creating Confident Writers: For High School, College, and Life

Your guide to grow and learn as an ELA teacher!

Let’s face it, major shifts over the past decade, including pandemic-related challenges, have rapidly changed our ELA classrooms. New and experienced teachers can benefit from guidance on the fundamentals of what excellent teaching and learning of writing can look like. Friendly and practical, this book is a reminder of the things that matter most.

Part of the Five to Thrive series for early-career educators, Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Middle & High School ELA offers solutions for any teacher who wishes to refresh their practice. Questions and answers are organized into five areas that will help you thrive in your classroom:

  • How do I build a brave, supportive reading and writing community?
  • How do I cultivate motivation?
  • How can I ensure that my feedback and assessment are efficient, effective, and equitable?
  • What does strong ELA instruction look like?
  • How can I keep doing this for my whole career?

The authors, all practicing ELA educators, provide solutions to the most urgent challenges teachers face in providing student-centered and efficient instruction. With an emphasis on equity, culturally responsive practice, and intrinsic motivation, the book focuses on the wellbeing of both students and teachers.

You’ll find accessible tips for immediate use woven throughout. Strive to be the best ELA educator you can; your students are counting on it!



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Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson is an English teacher from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a husband and father, and over the last decade he has read, thought, and written about how teachers can balance teaching with all of the other important roles they play in their lives. His work has been published by Principal Leadership, Edutopia, ASCD, The National Writing Project, and the National Council of Teachers of English, and his weekly thoughts on how to be a better teacher of writing in less time can be found on his website www.matthewmjohnson.com. When not teaching, reading, or writing, he can often be found in the kitchen, his garden, or out on a run through the gently rolling hills of Southeast Michigan.

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Matthew R. Kay

Matt Kay teaches kids at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA. He currently teaches 9th and 10th graders English, and has taught elective courses in Drama, Critical Race Theory, and African American Literature. He’s also been an athletic director and is currently both the head varsity basketball coach and an assistant football coach. He is the author of Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom (2018). Finally, he’s the executive director of the Philly Slam League, a non-profit that shows Philly-area young people the power of their voices through weekly spoken word competitions.

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Dave Stuart Jr.

Dave Stuart Jr. is a husband and father who teaches high school in Cedar Springs, MI. His blog, DaveStuartJr.com, is read by over 50,000 educators each month, and his bestselling These 6 Things: How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Most has been cherished by teachers and leaders around the world. Dave is also an accomplished creator of professional development experiences, having led hundreds of impactful experiences for teachers in every US state and multiple countries abroad.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1: How do I build a brave and supportive reading and writing community?

CHAPTER 2: How do I cultivate motivation in an ELA classroom?

CHAPTER 3: How Can I Ensure That My Feedback and Assessment Are Both as Efficient, Effective, and Equitable As Possible?

CHAPTER 4: What does strong ELA instruction look like?

CHAPTER 5: How can I keep doing this for my whole career?




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