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Bridging English, 6th edition

  • Joseph O. Milner
  • Lucy F. Milner
  • Joan F. Mitchell

Published by Pearson (August 5th 2016) - Copyright © 2017

6th edition

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Comprehensive, theoretically sound, and practical, Bridging English captures what students need to know in order to enter today’s secondary English classrooms with confidence, while engaging students with purposeful, dynamic lessons. Appreciated as more than a general introduction to English education, this is a textbook that students take from their college coursework into their own classrooms as the anchor reference source in their professional libraries.


While clarifying and expanding on the information in the previous editions, this new edition addresses new developments in the field of English education, of education generally, and of the culture, particularly issues relating to today’s diverse students, mounting pressures of accountability, and the use of technology in teaching and learning. Each chapter presents conceptual frameworks, a multitude of tested teaching activities, and invitations to reflect on both. Included are chapter organizers, numerous boxed figures, tables, teaching activities, invitations to reflect, and an exhaustive index. The result is a book that is easily accessible for the new teacher just building an instructional foundation, and for the established teacher searching for new ways to enliven the classroom.


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Table of contents

Brief Table of Contents
1. Envisioning English

2. Designing Instruction

3. Centering on Language 
4. Developing an Oral Foundation

5. Responding to Literature

6. Celebrating Poetry

7. Unlocking Texts

8. Engaging Drama

9. Assaying Nonfiction

10. Making Media Matter

11. Inspiring Writing

12. Enabling Writing

13. Evaluating Learning

14. Planning Lessons

15. Becoming a Complete Teacher


Detailed Table of Contents 

1. Envisioning English

Initial Definitions

A Brief History

Challenges of Teaching English in the Twenty-first Century

Core Beliefs

Individual Decisions



2. Designing Instruction

The Nature of Learners

The Learning Process

Four Organizational Structures

Layering the Four Approaches

Learning with Technology



3. Centering on Language


The story of the English Language

The Study of Language: Linguistics

The Instructional Debate

Language Instruction



4. Developing an Oral Foundation

Classroom Talking and Listening

Oral Language Activities

Creative Drama

Alternative Oral Strategies

Evaluating Oral Strategies

Evaluating Oracy



5. Responding to Literature

What Is Literature?

Why Read Literature?

Three Phases of the Teaching Cycle: Enter, Explore, Extend

Four Stages of Reading Literature

Reader Response

Interpretive Community

Formal Analysis

Critical Synthesis



6. Celebrating Poetry

Finding Poetry

Forging Poetry

Discerning Poetry

Probing Poetry

Placing Poetry




7. Unlocking Texts

Teaching Reading

Talking the Classics

Challenging the Canon

Teaching Noncanonical and Canonical Texts




8. Engaging Drama

Enter, Explore, and Extend Drama Worlds

Teaching Shakespeare



9. Assaying Nonfiction

Why Teach Nonfiction?

Nonfiction Genres in the Classroom

Nonfiction in the Fiction Classroom



10. Making Media Matter

Produce: Students As Creators

Receive: Students as Listeners and Viewers

Examine: Students as Anthropologists and Literary Critics

Critique: Students as Media Critics



11. Inspiring Writing

A National Writing Report Card

Core Beliefs about Language and Writing Instruction

Developmental Tasks

Process Model

Writing Workshops


Authentic Assessment


12. Enabling Writing

Four Basic Needs

Collaborative Writing

Environmental Journalism

Journal Writing

Write to Learn

Sentence Combining

Vocabulary Growth

Research Alternatives

Elemental Variation

Lit. Write

Collaborative Authors

Apprentice Writing

Summary of Research About Writing



13. Evaluating Learning

Standardized Tests

Grading and Evaluation

Alternative Methods of Evaluation

Evaluating Knowledge and Response to Literature

Evaluating Writing

Alternative Grading Choices

Critique of Traditional Grading



14. Planning Lessons

Lesson Planning Models

Unit Planning

Curriculum Planning

Variables in Any Planning/

Constant Classroom Structures and Concerns



15. Becoming a Complete Teacher

Defining Yourself as a Teacher

Building Public Trust

Promoting Professional Growth

Professional Leadership







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