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Teaching the Writing Craft

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

A to Z Teacher Stuff
A to Z Teacher Stuff provides teachers with free lesson plans, thematic units, and other resources.

The Poetry Forge
The Poetry Forge offers teacher tools such as poetry generators, lesson plans, and discussion groups for teachers attempting to implement these activities.

This site provides ideas for poetry lessons, contests, and activities.

Educators and students can make use of several SmartWriters.com features, including 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.

Web English Teacher
Web English Teacher presents the best of K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, professional development, and classroom activities.

Print Resources

Bomer, Katherine. Writing a Life: Teaching Memoir To Sharpen Insight, Shape Meaning — and Triumph Over Tests. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2005. ISBN: 0-325-00646-6

This book features classroom-tested strategies for tapping the memoir's power, including ways to help students generate ideas to write about, elaborate on, and make meaning from their memories, and help them learn craft from published memoirs.

Collom, Jack, and Sheryl Noethe. Poetry Everywhere: Teaching Poetry Writing in School and in the Community. New York: Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2000. ISBN: 0915924986

This book features 60 writing exercises and 450 sample poems by students, teachers, and published writers, including poems in Spanish and translated poems.

Fiderer, Adele. 25 Mini-Lessons for Teaching Writing (Grades 3-6). New York: Scholastic, 1999. ISBN: 059020940X

This book features 25 quick lessons on subjects such as choosing and focusing topics, crafting openings and endings, using details, showing characters' feelings, etc. It includes sample student work to use as models.

Graves, Donald, and Penny Kittle. Inside Writing: How To Teach the Details of the Craft. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2005.

This book demonstrates the power of an apprenticeship approach to writing instruction, even if teachers don't consider themselves writers.

Harvey, Stephanie. Nonfiction Matters: Reading, Writing, and Research in Grades 3-8. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 1998. ISBN: 1571100725

This resource explores how students can write authentic nonfiction that is interesting, visual, and full of voice.

Jamison Rog, Lori, and Paul Kropp. The Write Genre: Classroom Activities and Mini-Lessons That Promote Writing With Clarity, Style, and Brilliance. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2004.

Written by an educator and a popular novelist, this book presents a balanced approach to teaching 3-9 writing workshops.

Jorgenson, Karen. The Whole Story: Crafting Fiction in the Upper Elementary Grades. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2001. ISBN: 0-325-00292-4

This practical and innovative resource helps teachers guide young writers to refine their fiction through improved characterization and description.

Robb, Laura. Nonfiction Writing: From the Inside Out. New York: Teaching Resources (Scholastic), 2004. ISBN: 0439513685

This resource includes nonfiction writing lessons based on conversations with professional writers.

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