Tough Talk, Tough Texts (Print eBook Bundle) by Cindy O'Donnell-Allen.
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Tough Talk, Tough Texts (Print eBook Bundle)

Teaching English to Change the World

By Cindy O'Donnell-Allen
Foreword by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Strategic reading, critical examination, and civil discourse aren’t just for college preparedness—they are life skills. Cindy shares small-group instruction whose goal is to give kids the ability to succeed academically and change their world.

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Tough Talk, Tough Texts is a catalyst for reminding all of us who work with young people about the danger of throwing away the lifeblood of our students’ interior worlds and our own dreams of changing the world for the better…. Tough Talk, Tough Texts insists that we offer students books that are not simply larger, bulkier Hallmark cards but that instead challenge them to consider difficult issues, pushing them to think deeply and grow.

Jimmy Santiago Baca

Strategic reading, critical examination, and civil discourse aren’t just for college preparedness—they are life skills. In Tough Talk, Tough Texts Cindy O’Donnell-Allen shares small-group instruction whose goal is to give kids the ability not merely to succeed academically, but to change their world.

This isn’t impractical idealism. Cindy shows step-by-step how to leverage challenging texts on challenging issues to maximize engagement and increase students’ agency in reading and in life. Best of all, she shares all the know-how and nitty-gritty you’ll need:

  • scaffolds for whole-class and small-group discussions
  • methods for grouping students, setting norms, and using response tools strategies that sustain independent discussions and document them
  • multiple techniques for summative assessment
  • reproducible resources such as handouts, assignment sheets, and scoring guides.

Tough Talk, Tough Texts is about helping students grow as readers as they use texts to answer the big questions about themselves, their peers, and their world. “With careful preparation,” writes Cindy O’Donnell-Allen, “students can learn to pose and discuss such questions, to listen and respond with empathy, and to implement strategies that will allow them to become more critical and strategic readers, writers, and thinkers.”

Contents

1. Describing the Elephant: Conversations That Matter and the Books That Make Them Possible
2. Rehearsals for Social Change: Why Teaching Tough Texts Is Worth the Trouble
3. Choosing Tough Texts for Your Classroom
4. Setting Up for Civil Discourse
5. Sustaining Civil Discourse
6. Assessing Civil Discourse: Using Twenty-First-Century Skills to Leave No Text Behind
7. Advocating for Literacy Learning, Teaching for Social Change

Appendixes
A-1—Is This Book a Tough Text?
A-2—Resources for Finding Tough Texts
A-3—Anticipatory Challenges to Tough Texts: Some Resources That Can Help
A-4—Checkpoint Scoring Guide
A-5—Field Notes Journal
B-1—How to Construct Your Bookmark
B-2—Dailies Form for High School Students
B-3—Dailies Form for Middle School Students

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Cindy is featured in the NWP Radio's recent episode on teaching about the 10th Anniversary of the attacks on September 11th.