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The English Teacher's Companion, Fourth Edition

A Completely New Guide to Classroom, Curriculum, and the Profession

Jim Burke, Burlingame High School, California

ISBN 978-0-325-02840-8 / 0-325-02840-0 / 2012 / 392pp / Paperback
Imprint: Heinemann
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Grade Level: 6th - 12th
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A new companion for every English teacher

“Why have I written an entirely new English Teacher’s Companion? Because to offer you anything less would suggest I had not grown, changed, or evolved these past fifteen years. I am not the same teacher I was when I wrote the first edition.”
—Jim Burke

The fourth edition of English Teacher’s Companion is 100 percent new. Jim Burke has rewritten it to model methods for reaching a new generation of students—when all the ground rules for teaching are changing.

A teacher’s teacher and a recognized leader in English/language arts education, Jim understands the need for instructional methods that connect the why of teaching to the how. “This edition makes the research behind my practice more explicit,” he writes. “It is also anchored in the Common Core State Standards, because I am still teaching every day—so these standards are my standards too.”

Weaving in ideas for working with ELLs, struggling readers, and technology, English Teacher’s Companion, Fourth Edition:

  • looks comprehensively at the research and reality of our profession, our students, and our content
  • provides practical and thoughtful methods for meeting standards in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language study
  • makes assessment a priority, not only to find out what students know but to help practitioners improve.

“I have taught English for nearly 25 years, and I love it,” writes Jim Burke. Never has this love been more apparent than in the numerous lessons and teaching moves he includes as well as in the many examples of his own classroom language. Trust the fourth edition of
English Teacher’s Companion, and bring the passion, power, and practicality of one of America’s best teachers to your classroom.

I. Big Picture
1. (Re)Defining English as a Discipline
2. Who We Teach: Understanding and Teaching the Next Generation
3. How to Teach So Students Will Learn, Use, Remember—and Enjoy
II. Foundations
4. Teaching Writing
5. Teaching Reading
6. Speaking and Listening
7. Language Study: Vocabulary, Grammar, and Style
8. Assessing and Grading Student Learning and Work


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