Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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"It's okay to break the rules, but you need to know what the rules are before you can break them."

- Tracy Mack
Tracy Mack
First Steps A Shared Path Different Audiences Different Purposes
Usage and Mechanics Providing Feedback on Student Writing Learning from Professional Writers Writing in the 21st Century
Listen to:

  • Maxine Hong Kingston's thoughts on revision, expressed during an interview for this project.
  • Ruthanne Lum McCunn reflections on what grammar has meant to her as a student, a teacher, and a writer. She expressed her thoughts during an interview for this project.

On the Web:

  • Constance Weaver's article "Teaching Grammar in the Context of Writing" first appeared in NCTE's English Journal in November 1996. An online version is available here or through the NCTE Web site by subscription. While underlining the philosophy behind this practice, Dr. Weaver also gives sample lessons that illustrate how best to teach grammar in context.
  • Links to a wide assortment of online resources for teaching and learning about grammar, usage and mechanics are available from Dictionary.com. There are links for all kinds of topics here, including online articles, teaching suggestions, and specific parts of speech.

In the Library:

  • Hacker, Diana. A Writer's Reference. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002.

  • Haussamen, Brock, with Amy Benjamin, Martha Kolln, Rebecca S. Wheeler, and members of NCTE's Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar. Grammar Alive: A Guide for Teachers. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2003.

  • Noden, Harry R. Image Grammar: Using Grammatical Structures to Teach Writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1999.

  • Noguchi, Rei R. Grammar and the Teaching of Writing: Limits and Possibilities. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 1991.

  • Schuster, Edgar H. Breaking the Rules: Liberating Writers Through Innovative Grammar Instruction. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2003.

  • Strong, William. Sentence Combining: A Composing Book. New York, McGraw-Hill, 1994.

  • Strong, William. Writer's Toolbox: A Sentence-Combining Workshop. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996.

  • Strong, William. Writing Incisively: Do-It-Yourself Prose Surgery. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991.

  • Weaver, Constance. Lessons to Share on Teaching Grammar in Context. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1998.

  • Weaver, Constance. Grammar for Teachers: Perspectives and Definitions. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 1979.

  • Weaver, Constance. Teaching Grammar in Context. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1996.

  • Williams, James D. The Teacher's Grammar Book. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999.
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