This is two books in one: a primer for teaching secondary English and a comprehensive guide to creating and using four to six-week instructional units. Peter Smagorinsky shares important insight about students, how they learn, and what kinds of classrooms support their achievement in reading and writing. Then he uses those findings to open up the key ideas of unit design to every teacher. Smagorinsky’s units are organized around key concepts in English, such as:
- reading strategies
- writing strategies
- periods, regions, and movements in literature
- the works of a significant author.
From original idea to construction, to implementation and beyond, Smagorinsky’s practical advice supports teachers in extending, connecting, and integrating their units to increase the cohesion and power of the curriculum.
Incorporating curricular theory, educational psychology, and fourteen years of high school teaching experience, Peter Smagorinsky’s advice is both theoretically sound and grounded in the daily realities of today’s teacher. Complemented by a wealth of web-based illustrations, Teaching English by Design is the ideal resource for preservice teachers as well as those in the classroom who want to take charge of their curriculum and find new energy in it.