The English Teacher’s Companion

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Author: Jim Burke

Genre: Language Arts Textbook

Page Count: 373

Publication Date: 2013

Summary: If you teach English Language Arts or are planning to teach English  Language Arts, you absolutely must read this book. The author focuses on writing, reading, speaking and listening, vocabulary, grammar and assessments all within the framework of the Common Core Standards.

Recommended: Definitely. Jim Burke is a recognized author in the field and he includes helpful tips that he has successfully used in his own classrooms.  The book is full of charts and how-to guides that can be modified to fit your students. The book does a superb job of being inclusive and recognizing diverse students.

If You’re Offended: No problems here.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “Here’s my point: You can find inner-city teachers who can get kids of all colors and cultures to read anything, even Moby Dick or Henry V, if you come at it the right way – framing it with questions students want to examine.”       “Writing only academic prose would be the equivalent of eating only protein bars.”

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