Foreword by: Richard Beach
Publication Date: January 8, 2021
Series: Language and Literacy Series
Learn how to develop and sustain multimodal, project-based learning (PBL) instruction in secondary English Language Arts classrooms. National standards encourage authentic forms of reading, writing, and communication that can support college and career readiness, and this book highlights PBL as a powerful way to harness students’ interests and engage them in academically rigorous learning. The authors provide specific, research-informed curricular approaches and instructional guidance for classroom teachers, as well as an overview of the dimensions of PBL that are often overlooked in the broad expectations of inquiry-based teaching. Instead of “quick fix” lessons, Compose Our World explores how core dimensions of equitable teaching—such as social and emotional support, universal design for learning, and cultivating classroom community—function as the bedrock for student success in PBL contexts and beyond.
Alison G. Boardman is an associate professor in equity, bilingualism, and biliteracy in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. Antero Garcia is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Bridget Dalton is an associate professor in literacy studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Joseph L. Polman is a professor of learning sciences and associate dean for research in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder.
“Project-based learning has been in schools for over a century, in spite of reductive curriculum and assessment requirements imposed on teachers. The authors have produced a thoughtful, reflective, project-based approach for these challenging times, focused on the process of teaching students how to inquire into questions, produce multimodal texts that address authentic issues, and promote their development into active citizens.”
—Peter Smagorinsky, Distinguished Research Professor of English Education, University of Georgia
“With their CAPE (Caring, Advocacy, Perspective-taking, and Empathy) principles as a guiding framework—and with examples of student work that illustrate authentic, project-based learning—the authors of Compose Our World provide English Language Arts educators with practical assignments, robust assessment criteria, and a vision for empowering our youth as readers, writers, creators, and citizens.”
—Troy Hicks, professor of English and education, Central Michigan University