Transforming Writing Instruction in the Digital Age

Techniques for Grades 5-12

by Thomas DeVere Wolsey, Dana L. Grisham,

An innovative, practical guide for middle and high school teachers, this book is packed with specific ways that technology can help serve the goals of effective writing instruction. It provides ready-to-implement strategies for teaching students to compose and edit written work electronically; conduct Internet inquiry; create blogs, websites, and podcasts; and use text messaging and Twitter productively. The book is grounded in state-of-the-art research on the writing process and the role of writing in content-area learning. Teacher-friendly features include vivid classroom examples, differentiation tips, links to online resources, and reproducible worksheets and forms. The large-size format facilitates photocopying.
  • Guilford Publications; April 2012
  • ISBN 9781462504695
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Transforming Writing Instruction in the Digital Age
  • Author: Thomas DeVere Wolsey; Dana L. Grisham; Bridget Dalton (other)
  • Imprint: The Guilford Press

In The Press

"Rich with authentic and inspiring examples, this book clearly addresses the 'whats,' 'whys,' and 'how-tos' of integrating technology into writing instruction. It is like an innovative colleague sitting by my side during those stages of curriculum planning when I'm seeking creative support and in need of my own transformative learning experience."--Melissa Provost, MSEd, language arts teacher, Portsmouth (New Hampshire) Middle School

"The authors offer an impressive range of practical solutions for promoting skilled academic writing and transformative thinking. Each chapter pairs sound pedagogical practices with concrete examples of how to differentiate and digitize writing instruction across multiple modes and purposes. The authors' keen insights will inspire even the most wary educators to hop on board and join their digital writing adventure."--Julie Coiro, PhD, School of Education, University of Rhode Island

"Students will benefit and progress will be made when educators begin to focus on the technology tools that nearly all adolescents already know how to use. Those of us in the classroom who adopt technology readily (and those who are more hesitant) will benefit from a book such as this to get ideas to fine-tune our daily lessons. All secondary teachers, not just English teachers, will find accessible ideas for improving writing instruction in the digital classroom."--Paula W. Dreyfuss, MSEd, English teacher, Chaparral High School, San Dimas, California

"Filled with ideas and instructional activities that cut across all content areas, this stimulating book showcases ways to use technology to help students create, communicate, collaborate, and learn. Through scenarios set in real classrooms, the authors bring to life both the big picture and the day-to-day realities of how to prepare students for new forms of writing and communication in the 21st century. Teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, and teacher educators will discover a wealth of new learning opportunities that will transform the way they teach."--Jill Castek, PhD, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

"This powerful book fills a huge gap. Teachers recognize the need to respond to students in 21st-century ways, but many just do not know how. Wolsey and Grisham provide classroom-ready ideas for using digital tools to teach writing, complete with solid rationales. The book is organized in such a way that teachers can read it from beginning to end, as I did, or identify specific areas of interest and find ways to improve teaching. I look forward to sharing this book with my students and colleagues."--Susan Lenski, EdD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Portland State University

About The Author

Thomas DeVere Wolsey, EdD, teaches online courses at Portland State University and elsewhere and is the founder of a consulting firm, the Institute to Advance International Education. Previously he worked in public schools for 20 years teaching English and social studies. His research explores how language informs thinking about content and how the interactions of students in digital and face-to-face environments change their learning. Dr. Wolsey is also interested in the intersections of traditional literacies with digital literacies, specifically focusing on how those literacies affect teacher preparation and professional development. 
Dana L. Grisham, PhD, is a member of the Core Adjunct Faculty at National University, where she teaches courses online in the master of arts program in reading for teachers. A retired professor from The California State University, she also coordinated the Graduate Reading Program at San Diego State University and served as Faculty Coordinator of the Center for the Advancement of Reading for the Office of the Chancellor. Her research focuses on the intersection of literacy and technology. Dr. Grisham is Associate Editor of Reading and Writing Quarterly.