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  1. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing
    Through Eileen Murphy Buckley’s 360-degree approach to teaching critical literacy, students investigate texts through a full spectrum of learning modalities, harnessing the excitement of performance, imitation, creative writing, and argument/debate activities to become more powerful thinkers, readers, and writers.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement
    A Call to Action: What We Know About Adolescent Literacy and Ways to Support Teachers in Meeting Students’ Needs
    This document provides a research-based resource that acknowledges the complexities of reading as a developmental process and addresses the needs of secondary readers and their teachers.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    A Failure of the Imagination
    This article discusses the imaginative activities and assignments that teachers often assign that violate the text around which the lesson is focused and that mislead students about its meaning.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Alice Walker in the Classroom: "Living by the Word"
    Carol Jago offers readers a handy guide for bringing this celebrated author’s work into the classroom, including biographical information, ideas for literature circles using Walker’s short stories, sample writing lessons using Walker’s poems, suggestions for teaching The Color Purple, and a wealth of resources for further investigation of Alice Walker and her work.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Alternative Book Reports
    This article describes different ways that students can report on books they have read other than the traditional “book report.”
  6. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Amy Tan in the Classroom: "The art of invisible strength"
    Offers high school teachers an activity-based approach to teaching the works of Amy Tan, especially The Joy Luck Club and The Opposite of Fate.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Analyzing Grammar Rants: An Alternative to Traditional Grammar Instruction
    Kenneth Lindblom and Patricia A. Dunn teach language awareness and use through published complaints about the teaching of grammar. Students are able to recognize issues of race and class that determine acceptable usage and learn the importance of audience in their own language use.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    At the Crossroads of Expertise: The Risky Business of Teaching Popular Culture
    Two professors argue that incorporating forms of popular culture into the classroom provides a meeting place where students and teachers can share their expertise. They support the argument with examples of activities and projects.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Authentic Assessments for the English Classroom
    Joanna Dolgin, Kim Kelly, and Sarvenaz Zelkha offer real-world examples, sample student work, step-by-step instructions, and handouts to help teachers incorporate authentic forms of assessment into the middle and high school curriculum.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Authoring With Video
    Use a video-based platform as an inspiration for writing.

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