This is your EMWP Summer Institute Book Group blog. You are asked to post at least once a week before and during the Institute. Your group leader will post additional assignments and post topics. Check back often. If you have any questions or concerns contact your leader, Kristen.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Introduction to Get it Done

Get it Done: Writing and Analyzing Informational Texts to Make Things Happen

Book Blog Basics

The way the book blog works is that each week until the Summer Institute begins, I will post some thoughts and reflections on the book. At the end of my posts, I will end with a question or a discussion point. Then, please post your own blog entries (not comments on my entries) with your thoughts and responses. You don't necessarily have to respond to questions or comments in my post, though--anything dealing with what you've been reading in the book would be totally appropriate. It would also be great if you could comment on other people's posts so that we can really get a discussion going before we even get to our face to face meetings this summer. The goal is to be finished reading the book before the summer institute begins.

First Thoughts and Discussion Topics:

When I chose this book to read for continuity, I chose it for two reasons. The first is because I am a history teacher as well as an English teacher, and I was looking for more ways to get my students writing in history class. The second is because I teach Senior English, and for better or for worse, the Common Core puts a very heavy emphasis on informational texts at the high school level. I wanted to be prepared to teach in a way that helps my students master those standards.

I have already tried out some of the strategies from the book in both my English and history classes this year. Most of the teaching strategies and activities in this book are so clear and well-explained that they can be easily applied in the classroom. However, I have hit some bumps along the road, but that is bound to happen whenever you try to change and grow as a teacher. I'm looking forward to sharing some of what I've learned from my own classroom this summer.

What made you choose Get It Done to read this summer? After reading the first two chapters and flipping through the book, what do you hope to get out of the book? How do you think it will apply to your students? What questions do you have?

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