"If you're ultimately helping students become creative
individuals with a voice; fluent, context-aware experts with
language; and engaged and thinking adults, we think you're doing
your job as a writing teacher (above and beyond what the
standards-of-the-week have to say on the matter)." -Dawn Latta
Kirby and Darren Crovitz
"To teach writing well, we don't look someplace 'out there' for
rules, formulas, and mimicry," write Dawn Latta Kirby and Darren
Crovitz. "We begin, instead, by teaching students to attend to
their inner language, to their individual sensations, perceptions,
emotions, incipient understandings, observations, and perspectives.
Writing, like all other acts of creation, develops from the inside
In this highly practical guide filled with a wealth of
activities for the classroom, Dawn and Darren continue the
long-standing tradition of earlier editions of Inside Out with
guidance for building a community of writers, providing innovative
and effective strategies for meeting kids where they are and
coaching them to write with passion and purpose across all genres.
Readers will relish the somewhat irreverent tone that fans of
earlier editions have come to expect. Dawn and Darren's updates and
revisions in this edition speak directly to today's teacher,
offering: new strategies and suggestions that incorporate
technology in meaningful ways and speak to today's tech natives in
terms they understand guidance for working with English language
learners and their writing inventive, reality-based approaches to
research options for using nonfiction and nontraditional texts in
your teaching a fresh take on the importance of authentic literacy
education, especially in the age of the high-stakes testing and the
Common Core real-world wisdom and strategies for teaching writing
from a team of middle and high school teachers.
From theory to practice, this comprehensive text has everything
you'll need to engage your students and get them writing from the
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