"Linda Rief is my teaching hero. For thirty years she has brought her formidable intelligence to the challenges of middle school--meeting young adolescents where they are, immersing them in compelling versions of literacy, inviting them to make choices as writers and readers, and teaching them how to make good ones. Read, Write, Teach is nothing less than a manifesto, Linda's passionate yet practical account of the transformative goals she sets for her students and the powerful methods she creates to nurture them as "world-ready" writers and readers. Her curriculum goes beyond state and national standards. It inspires students to think, attend, engage, produce, and excel as readers and writers."
Nancie Atwell, author of In the Middle
"In this long awaited book, we can see what it truly means to have high standards—not ones simply imposed from above, but ones that come from true engagement. Linda Rief shows us how to tap the passions, angst, and interests of adolescents, and how this driving force can lead students to do amazing work in a variety of genres, guided by the best mentor texts. She offers her students the best gift of all—to be taken seriously."
Tom Newkirk, author of The Art of Slow Reading
"Reading Linda Rief’s Read, Write, Teach has energized and challenged me. Linda hopes that students will write with the power to nudge the world, and as she says, for the world to nudge them a little as they read deeply and then respond with their ideas and values and experiences. Meaningful choice can only operate with a system of structures, models, standards, norms, and a culture and values that students actively engage in. Linda exposes all of this scaffolding for readers, allowing us to imitate her practice to deeply engage students. It is my hope that Read, Write, Teach will nudge us all."
Penny Kittle, author of Book Love
"In 1992 Linda Rief’s Seeking Diversity was a blockbuster for those driven to teach adolescents to read and write. Now this master teacher has written Read Write Teach (No periods, no commas, no hyphens. Just one integrated act). In these pages, you’ll experience a philosophy of literacy instruction that deepens and widens your own. You’ll find handouts and prompts, strategies and activities that Linda has created to engage students in continuous literacy growth. You’ll follow her logic and her heart as she explains how she evaluates students’ writing—from expressive thinking in their reader’s-writer’s notebooks to sophisticated persuasive essays. With Read Write Teach, Linda Rief has once again busted the block."
Tom Romano, author of Fearless Writing