National Writing Project

Writing for a Change: Boosting Literacy and Learning Through Social Action

Edited by Kristina Berdan, Ian Boulton, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Jennie Fleming, Launie Gardner, Iana Rogers, and Asali Solomon (Jossey-Bass, 2006)

List price: $22.95
NWP's Price: $18.00

2007 AEP Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

Growing out of NWP’s five-year partnership with the Centre for Social Action in England, Writing for a Change shows teachers how to engage students in real-world problem-solving activities that can help them to acquire voice and authority—and passion for both reading and writing.

Written in collaboration with the Centre for Social Action, the book describes the innovative Social Action process for encouraging students to collaborate on problems of their own choosing—to analyze options, develop action plans, discover solutions, and finally to reflect on their work.

Featuring stories by teachers who have successfully used the method, the book shows that first-graders as well as high school students can enjoy this exciting and educational process. Practical guidance for applying the process to any curricular area is provided, along with an extensive list of classroom activities developed by Jennie Fleming and Ian Boulton from the Centre for Social Action.

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