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Designing Writing Assignments

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library

Designing Writing Assignments

Traci Gardner offers practical tips, starting points, and a companion website to help secondary and college teachers design effective writing assignments.

 

Tim O'Brien in the Classroom: "This too is true: Stories can save us"

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library

Tim O'Brien in the Classroom: "This too is true: Stories can save us"

As part of the NCTE High School Literature Series, Tim O’Brien in the Classroom focuses on opportunities for classroom discussion and writing assignments, including lessons, open-ended prompts, and student writing samples.

 

The Literature Circle: Reading Like a Writer

Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library

The Literature Circle: Reading Like a Writer

Reading internalizes every aspect of good writing—if you’re reading good writing, which most middle school textbooks aren’t. Here are criteria and suggestions for good content-area articles and trade nonfiction books.

 

Writing Our Communities: Local Learning and Public Culture

Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library

Writing Our Communities: Local Learning and Public Culture

Student engagement with community becomes the centerpiece of the book, an engagement that takes place across disciplines through projects involving history, environment, culture, and much more.

 

Joyful Noises: Creating Poems for Voices and Ears

Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library

Joyful Noises: Creating Poems for Voices and Ears

This article discusses the efforts of a fifth-grade teacher and a visiting poet to rekindle students' sense of poetic passion and pleasure and describes how the authors introduced students to poems for two voices.