Jason Griffith, winner of the Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, presents his book From Me to We, offering effective ways to engage students in reading and writing by teaching them narrative nonfiction.
Our stories are how we capture and make sense of our lived experience, which is further enhanced when we bring these stories into conversation with those of others. Come and celebrate with debut author Jason Griffith, who will share stories behind and strategies within From Me to We: Using Narrative Nonfiction to Broaden Student Perspectives
, a book that ASU Professor James Blasingame says "all English Language Arts teachers should have… in their professional libraries." With this practical book, teachers will learn effective ways to engage students in reading and writing by teaching them narrative nonfiction. By engaging adolescents in narrative, literary, or creative nonfiction, they can cultivate a greater understanding of themselves, the world around them, and what it means to feel empathy for others. This book will guide teachers to first structure a reading unit around a narrative nonfiction text, and then develop lessons and activities for students to craft their own personal essays. The strategies in this book are supplemented by examples of student work and snapshots from Griffith's own classroom. The book also includes interviews with narrative nonfiction writers MK Asante and Johanna Bear. The appendices offer additional tips for using narrative nonfiction in English class, text and online resources for teaching narrative nonfiction, and a correlation chart between the activities in this book and the Common Core Standards.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JASON GRIFFITH is a Teaching Associate and PhD Student (English Education) at Arizona State University. A National Board Certified Teacher and Fellow of the National Writing Project, Jason taught middle school and high school English for 12 years in Carlisle, PA. In 2012, Jason received the National Council of Teachers of English's Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award, and he currently serves on NCTE's Middle Level Section Steering Committee. His writing has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine
, Talking Writing
, The Language Arts Journal of Michigan
, the Nerdy Book Club
, and edited volumes by Rowman & Littlefield and the International Society for Technology in Education.