How writing helps celebrate students' lives and nurture their personal voices
Empowering Young Writers
The "Writers Matter" Approach
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Deborah S. Yost, Ph.D., Robert Vogel, Ed.D. and Kimberly E. Lewinski, Ph.D.
Pioneered in Philadelphia, and launched in middle schools in the fall of 2005, the "Writers Matter" approach was designed to discover ways to improve the fit between actual English curricula, district/state standards and, more recently, the Common Core Curriculum Standards for writing instruction. Adapted from Erin Gruwell's successful Freedom Writers Program, "Writers Matter" develops students' skills in the context of personal growth, understanding others, and making broader connections to the world.
Empowering Young Writers emphasizes a focus on free expression and establishing connections between the curriculum and students' personal lives. Program creator Robert Vogel, and his co-authors offer proven ways to motivate adolescents to write, work diligently to improve their writing skills, and think more critically about the world.
This comprehensive book will help teachers, administrators, and education students apply the "Writers Matter" approach, which can have a profound impact on their students' lives and social development.
"Each of the chapters makes a case for using the Writers Matter Approach in a variety of contexts and disciplines and for diverse purposes. Furthermore, this book may serve as a useful resource for classroom teachers interested in understanding ways of embedding personal writing into the curriculum through poetry workshops, responses to young adult literature, journal writing, and computer technology.... material within each of these chapters is clearly presented."
APPENDIX A: Students’ Writing Relating to the Five Writers Matter Theme
Deborah S. Yost, Ph.D. is Professor of Education at La Salle University. She served as the primary researcher for "Writers Matters" over the past several years.
Robert Vogel, Ed.D. is Professor of Education, Founding Director of "Writers Matter" Program and Co-Director of Leadership and Global Understanding Minor at La Salle University.
Kimberly E. Lewinski, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Education at La Salle University and serves as Assistant Director for the "Writers Matter" Program.