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What Choice Do I Have?

Reading, Writing, and Speaking Activities to Empower Students

Terry Bigelow, Sam Rampallo Downtown Partnership School, Florida, Michael J Vokoun, Independent Day School, Florida
Foreword by Jeffrey Golub

ISBN 978-0-325-00714-4 / 0-325-00714-4 / 2005 / 192pp / Paperback
Imprint: Heinemann
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Grade Level: 6th - 10th
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Real learning happens when middle school students are encouraged to create knowledge through classroom experiences filled with personal meaning. How can you, as a teacher, offer your classes purposeful assignments that build understanding without sacrificing the content you're required to teach? In a word, choice.

In "What Choice Do I Have?" you'll discover how giving students a voice in how they learn and what they learn from opens up your classroom to inquiry and engagement while offering authentic teachable moments. Terry Bigelow and Michael Vokoun's smart, ready-to-implement, and classroom-tested activities will find a place next to your planning book because they give you and your students multiple entry points for both the development of language arts skills and the comprehension and retention of content. Their choice-based activities and projects:

  • span reading, writing, listening, speaking, and vocabulary
  • contain specific directions for usage
  • draw on the latest scientifically based research in support of student choice
  • are illustrated by classroom vignettes that show how real teachers use them every day.
  • can be used in all secondary classrooms and includes specific adaptations for
    • differentiated instruction
    • English language learners (ELL)
    • exceptional student education (ESE)
Give your students ownership over learning and watch them engage in the most important learning, their own. Read Bigelow and Vokoun and discover the power of choice.


  • In Support of Choice
  • Choice in Reading
  • Choice in Vocabulary
  • Choice in Writing
  • Choice in Speaking
  • Just One More Thing—An End with a Bang!
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