Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Reasons for Writing

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Web Resources

National Council of Teachers of English
NCTE provides research, teaching resources, and articles for teaching writing at all levels.

Center for Media Literacy
This site helps students understand the influence the media and advertising have on their own lives.

Exploring Diversity: Themes and Communities
This section of Cynthia Leitich Smith's personal Web page gives access to many Web sites concerned with issues of culture and gender in children's and young adult literature.

Global Dimension
This site provides materials, practical guidance, and support to help teachers incorporate a global perspective into their classes.

PBS TeacherSource: Arts and Literature
PBS TeacherSource provides searchable access to the various lesson plans, teaching resources, and student activities.

Publishers' Bindings Online 1815-1930: The Art of Books
This site includes images of 5,000 decorative bookbindings along with research tools and lesson plans.

Publishing With Students
This site gives practical advice to teachers interested in helping students publish their writing.

This site features include interviews with children's writers, writing contest links for young writers, classroom resources for teachers and librarians, and a directory of children's authors and illustrators who are available for school visits.

Print Resources

Buckner, Aimee. Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2005. ISBN: 1571104135

Lessons, tips, and samples of student writing help teachers in grades 3-8 make the most of writer's notebooks without sacrificing time needed for the rest of the literacy curriculum.

Cruz, M. Colleen. Independent Writing: One Teacher — Thirty-Two Needs, Topics, and Plans. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2004. ISBN: 0325005400

Cruz offers a variety of methods to get students in grades 3-6 not only writing independently, but also producing work that both reflects their own interests and displays their skills.

Ernst, Karen, and Ruth Shagoury Hubbard, eds. New Entries: Learning by Writing and Drawing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1996. ISBN: 0-435-07204-8

In thirteen essays, teachers share the ways they connect writing and visual art in their classrooms and their lives.

Fletcher, Ralph. Breathing In, Breathing Out: Keeping a Writer's Notebook. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1996. ISBN: 0435072277

This book, considered by many to be a seminal text on writing, examines how writers use the writer's notebook.

Fletcher, Ralph. How Writers Work: Finding a Process That Works for You. New York: HarperTrophy, 2000. ISBN: 038079702X

Geared toward 8- to 12-year-olds, this book examines the processes and strategies used by successful writers.

Hindley Salch, Joanne, and Marianne Marino, co-editors; Ralph Fletcher, guest editor. "Writer's Notebook: A Place to Dream, Wonder, and Explore." School Talk (National Council of Teachers of English) 6, no. 4 (July 2001).

This issue of School Talk includes articles by multiple authors and looks at the practical ways teachers can help students learn to use and rely on their writer's notebooks.

Madigan, Dan, and Victoria T. Koivu-Rybicki. The Writing Lives of Children. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 1997. ISBN: 1571100113

This book follows the development of third- and fourth-grade writers in an inner-city school, with a particular emphasis on how the children find meaning through their writing.

Wheeler, Rebecca S., and Rachel Swords. Code-Switching: Teaching Standard English in Urban Classrooms. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2006. ISBN: 0-8141-0702-8.

Focusing on building on the linguistic knowledge that children bring to school, this book advocates "code-switching" to enable students with the language patterns of many African American communities to add another linguistic code — Standard English — to their linguistic toolboxes.

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