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Writing should be for an audience other than a teacher, and for a purpose beyond getting a grade.
Connecting their classroom experience to research about writing, as well as to framing documents in the field, two seasoned writing teachers distill the lessons they’ve learned about creating confident adolescent and young adult writers. Troy Hicks and Andy Schoenborn outline a fundamental stance to their approach—to invite, encourage, and celebrate students’ writing—that is then echoed in the book’s three-part structure. There are numerous classroom activities and assignments on topics from creating writing goals to supporting revision, examples of student work, and questions to guide teachers’ reflections.
In this book for any teacher of writing, from middle school through college, readers are invited to try strategies and allow students’ voices to emerge, while discussing with colleagues how these approaches might work for them, too.
About the Author
Troy Hicks is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University. He directs both the Chippewa River Writing Project and the Master of Arts in Learning, Design & Technology program. A former middle school teacher, Dr. Hicks is an ISTE Certified Educator and regularly leads workshops related to writing and technology for schools, districts, and professional organizations.
Andy Schoenborn is an award-winning author and high school English teacher in Michigan at Mt. Pleasant Public Schools. He s a co-facilitator of the monthly #TeachWrite Twitter chat, past president of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English, and a Regional Representative of the Michigan Reading Association. Schoenborn is also a contributing author of Using Technology to Enhance Writing (Solution Tree, 2014) and Continuing the Journey 2 (NCTE, 2018). In November 2019, he was honored with the 2019 Linda Rief Voices from the Middle Award for outstanding publication for his article, "Reclaiming the Arts in English Language Arts." He is a teacher consultant for the Chippewa River Writing Project (NWP) site.
In Creating Confident Writers, I see a book that is both concise and filled with concrete and actionable approaches... It respects teacher autonomy and class difference and provides a framework for thinking about writing that can be adapted to any classroom and occasion.
— From the foreword by John Warner, author of Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities
As I read Creating Confident Writers: For High School, College, and Life by Troy Hicks and Andy Schoenborn, I realized that I was engaged in an active conversation with these two brilliant teachers/authors; I nodded and whispered ‘yes’ a half dozen times, dog-eared most of the pages, scribbled copious notes in the margins, and found myself energized to inspire, encourage, and celebrate all student writers. Perhaps adding an additional subtitle would be appropriate: Creating Confident Teachers of Writing.
— Georgia Heard, MFA Writing, Columbia University, author of Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School and Heart Maps
If you have students who have grown apathetic toward writing because they see writing as only a means to a grade or test score, you need to read Creating Confident Writers... [It] will help restore your students’ (and your own!) confidence in writing again by showing you what really matters in writing—the writer.
— Jennifer Laffin, Founder of Teach Write LLC & co-moderator of the #TeachWrite Twitter Chat
From sample class schedules to direct-to-class writing invitations to language for building confident writers in inclusive classrooms, Creating Confident Writers provides plentiful, practical tools to invite, encourage, and celebrate our writers to be their most confident selves.
— Allison Machetti and Rebekah O'Dell, founders of Moving Writers, authors of Writing with Mentors and Beyond Literary Analysis
Troy Hicks and Andy Schoenborn have written a book about writing—and teaching writing—that finally shows us what it looks like to design writing assignments that engage and educate students, that integrate technology and teaching without reducing either to mere activities. — Jim Burke, author of The English Teacher's Companion and The Six Academic Writing Assignments: Designing the User's Journey
Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of an eight page listing of References, 10 black-and-white images, and a seven page Index, Creating Confident Writers: For High School, College, and Life, with its underlying message that writing should be for an audience beyond that of a teacher, and for a purpose beyond that of getting a grade, is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Writing/Publishing collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
— Midwest Book Review
Typically, books on this subject are organized around the writing process, specific genres, or the conventions of writing. However, Hicks and Schoenborn embed these important ideas by keeping their focus on the conditions that support writers...Not only are the authors’ voices strong throughout the text, but they highlight their students’ voices as well. As you read the text, you find that the authors and students invite you into their writing by asking you to reflect on your teaching, encouraging you to embrace their ideas through engaging activities, and celebrating with you at the end as you embark on your writing journey with your students. — Teachers College Record
One of the most pleasing things about this book is that the authors stay true to their word. This book really does share how you can create a climate of confident writers in your classroom. This is because they keep focused on the behaviours and dispositions that need to be developed to create such an environment...By reflecting on the wisdom shared within these pages, teachers would be perfectly placed to create confident writers. — The Writing For Pleasure Centre