Wednesday, August 21 2019
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Writing Resources from the National Writing Project
An extensive list of resource articles from NWP.
The NWP Digital Is website is a collection of ideas, reflections, and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digita
Web English Teacher
Web English Teacher presents the best of K-12 English / Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biogr
Can Technology Make Teens Better Writers?
Featuring teachers from the Maine Writing Project and its digital storytelling work.
What Kids Learn When They Create with Digital Media
A panel discussion at the 2009 National Writing Project's Annual Meeting.
"Our Maine" and "Writing About Place"
FREE DOWNLOADS! Create Your Own Classroom CD and learn more about place-based writing.
Writer Wednesday: 73 Ways To Become A Better Writer
from the huffingtonpost.com... a great list of ideas.
Books on Writing
The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing
Discover Writing Bookstore
Writing and Community Action: A Service-Learning Rhetoric with Readings by Thomas Deans
Tutoring Writing by McAndrew & Reigstad
A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6-12
A 2017 book on creating student-staffed writing centers
The Pocket Muse Collections by Monica Wood
Great story-starters, ideas, and prompts for writers of all ages.
Description by Monica Wood
A stunning collection of ideas for adding rich description to your writing
Teaching the Neglected R
A 21st century collection featuring Donald Murray, Nancie Atwell, Jeff Wilhelm, Jim Burke, Maureen Barbieri....
Holding On to Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones
THE literacy book of 2009 and perhaps beyond.... READ THIS BOOK!!!.
Writing on the Bus: Using Athletic Team Notebooks and Journals to Advance Learning and Performance in Sports
Writing on the Bus showcases the what, how, and why of Athletic Team Notebooks and Journals.
Books on Writing II
After The End by Barry Lane
Creative ideas on Writing and Revision
Room 109: The Promise of a Portfolio Classroom
Real portfolios, real kids....
Beyond Room 109: Developing Independent Study Projects
A how-to book on creating learner-centered activities...
Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy, and Popular Culture by Tom Newkirk
Incredible book that helps us think about the boys we teach.
The Performance of Self in Student Writing by Tom Newkirk
Newkirk maintains that students' personal writing can provide a window into discourses that hold power ....
Blending Genre, Altering Style: Writing Multigenre papers
The book that started the multigenre movement
New Directions in Teaching Memoir
A Studio Workshop Approach
Open Access Books on Writing
Free books on writing through Writing Across the Curriculum Clearing House
Penny Kittle's website
"Write Beside Them" author Penny Kittle maintain's a wonderful resource website.
Books on Writing III (elementary)
Writer to Writer: Fluency and Craft in the Multilingual Classroom (k-6)
Second Grade Writers
Units of Study to Help Children Focus on Audience and Purpose
The Resourceful Writing Teacher (3-8)
A Handbook of Essential Skills and Strategies
Writing in Science (k-5)
How to Scaffold Instruction to Support Learning
Writing Without Boundaries (1-8)
What's Possible When Students Combine Genres
Don't Forget to Share (k-5)
The Crucial Last Step in the Writing Workshop
Guided Writing (Grades 2-6)
Practical Lessons, Powerful Results
Assessing Early Literacy with Richard Gentry
Craft Lessons: Teaching Writing K-8
Talking, Drawing, Writing: Lessons for Our Youngest Writers (k-3)
The Ultimate Guide to Classroom Publishing (k-8)
Books on Writing IV (elementary)
Children Writing Stories by Michael Armstrong
A brilliant book...
Writing Every Day (k-8)
Reading, Writing, and Conferencing Using Student-Led Language Experiences
Inside Writing: How to Teach the Details of Craft (2-6)
DVD & Book
First Grade Writers by Stephanie Parsons
Units of Study to Help Children Plan, Organize, and Structure Their Ideas
Expository Writing Web English Teacher
Expository Writing from Stanford
Expository Writing at Harvard
Guides and examples plus a downloadable book "Making the Most of College Writing"
Building a community of writers in Boston!
Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6-12
If you're interested in creating a writing center, go to this website and type in under Guest Access: wcenters
From the National Writing Project... Among the most comprehensive collections on writing on the Web!
Polar Power, a place where students can interact and exchange thoughts, reflections, research, digital stories, podcasts, and po
Helpful website from the Nebraska National Writing Project
Random Daily Writing Prompts
A terrific way to artistically express a sentence, paragraph, story, classroom reflections....
Tom Newkirk's Talk on Donald Graves
The 2011 Lindberg Lecture, "Tale of the Tape: Donald Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing," delivered by Tom Newkirk.
Why I Won't Be Using Rubrics to Respond to Students' Writing
As always, Maja Wilson smacks us up side the head with thoughts on assessment.
Interesting Websites II
A Vision of K-12 Students Today
Writing Report Card 2007
The National Writing Project looks at the 2007 NAEP scores.
Free Rice and Vocabulary
For each word you "get" right, 20 grains of rice are donated to feed people across the planet.
Learning in Maine
A wide variety of interesting questions and materials....
Mike Rose's Blog
Author of Lives on the Boundary, Mike Rose, shares thoughts about learning, teaching, and writing.
This I Believe
This I Believe is an international project engaging people in writing, sharing, and discussing their core values.
The English Teacher's Companion
Wonderful resource of ideas from English teachers all over the world.
Writing Teacher & Author Gretchen Bernabei
A helpful website for teachers of writing....
Writing, Technology, & Teens
April 2008 Report
Review of Education Games Website
Journal Prompts from Canada
Many of these journal prompts are for younger writers.
Fifty-two Weeks of Journal Prompts
A wide variety of interesting prompts in an entertaining online format.
Hundreds of writing prompts for 21st century students. Great collection!
How to Write
a short clip from the movie Finding Forrester... write about it!
First Line Generator
This website gives random first lines for stories...
Create your own personal journal & online diary now.
Portrait Poem Examples
Poetry 180--a poem a day for American High Schools
Just the best collection of poems....
Youth Speak (Poetry Slam)
San Francisco Poetry Slam (foul language)
The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens
Barbie & Ken 101 by Rafael Casal
Poetry Slam Performance (foul language)
mtvU John Ashbery's Poetry
The Pulitzer Prize winning poet has hooked up with MTV! Will wonders never cease....
Articles on Poetry from National Writing Project authors
Wow! Double wow!! Triple wow!!!
Take some time to play with words and write a poem.
Wide array of offerings, including audio, from the Poetry Foundation
Poetry Outloud (Audio Guide)
Thirty-seven poems read aloud, including Anthony Hopkins reading "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
Poetry Outoud (video)
National Recitation Contest featuring young adults...terrific models.
Poetry for Children
About finding and sharing poetry with young people
ALA: Ways to Celebrate Poetry
American Library Association's website highlighting Poetry Slams, Open Mics, and much more.
Poetry Slam, Inc.
The mission of Poetry Slam Inc. (PSI) is to promote the performance and creation of poetry ...
Best of the Best Children's Poetry Anthologies
Professional Development Information
Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher/Adolescents
Bread Loaf School of English
Maine Writing Project
National Writing Project
Santa Monica High School English Department
Multiple Intelligences (Thomas Armstrong)
New England League of Middle Schools
A Speech by Richard Sterling on Writing, Learning, and Technology
Writing Strategies & Your Library/Media Center
Strategize: Great Ideas for Library Writing Programs
Publishing Student Writing
Both online and in magazine format....
A terrific way to publish your students' writing.
Best Teen Writing of 2009
Research on Writing
NCTE on the Teaching of Writing
A brilliant collection of thoughts about writing and writing instruction.
NCTE Position Statements on Writing
A wonderful collection of position statements and guidelines from the National Council of Teachers of English. .
The National Commission on Writing
Reports to Congress...accessible and powerful....
Writing & School Reform (Nat'l Commission on Writing)
Great for schoolwide staff discussions.
Writing Next--A Report to the Carnegie Corporation
A meta-analysis of writing research
What is writing to learn?
Writing, Technology, & Teens
Full Report on April 24, 2008 Study Article Above
Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing
New report from the National Writing Project, NCTE, and WPA
A Glimpse at NCTE's 2008 Policy Brief
Technology and Writing
Center for Digital Storytelling
A terrific resource for creating digital stories.
Reading, Writing, & Computers (Maine Writing Project video)
Podcasts from Wells Elementary School
Digital Storytelling Model: Ken Burns
One High School English Class Blog
Rural Voices Radio Series (NWP)
Digital Storytelling Model: Capture Wales
Websites of Digital Stories
Digital Composing & the National Writing Project
A webcast discussion focused on digital storytelling...listen in!
Wikis in Plain English
If you're new to Wikis, you may find this website helpful.
Technology and Kindergarten: Is it possible?
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl on Writing in the Digital Age
Big Thinkers Series from Edutopia.
The Short Story
Teaching the short story
Seven tips from Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction
Hemingway never wrote a treatise on the art of writing fiction. He did, however, leave behind advice...
Less is More, More or Less: Teaching Flash Fiction Writing
Websites on Writing
CCCC: Position Statement on the Preparation and Professional Development of Teachers of Writing
Tips on Writing Essays from the College Board
Trucker Buddy International Pen Pal Program
Quick Writes to Enhance Learning
Writing.com (an online community for writers and readers)
Tips for Writers (Colby College)
Rural Voices Radio Series (NWP)
A Teacher's Guide to Fair Use & Copyright
Comic Creator on ReadWriteThink
Postsecret (a website full of secrets)
Top 20 Writing Errors
CCCC: Statement on Second Language Writing and Writers
Writing & Learning Differences (All Children Can Write by Donald Graves)
Glossary of Writing Terms
Read*Write*Think Lesson Plans 9th-12th Grades
A wide variety of lessons for the English language arts classroom teacher.
Resource Articles from the National Writing Project
Extraordinarily helpful articles on writing from America's premiere writing organzation.
On Being a Writer
A series of articles from the National Writing Project....
One Last Lesson from Donald Murray
Personal reflect on America's great writing teacher.
Amazing help with APA, MLA, & Chicago Manual of Style
Chicago Manual of Style
Nine students from University of Auckland discussing referencing.
The Conventions of Writing
Help with the conventions of writing, including spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and paragraphing.
How to Deal with Student Grammar Errors
A bit of research, a bit of practice...
Websites on Writing II (Multigenre Projects)
Multigenre Paper Information
Lots of websites from the Unquiet Librarian on Multigenre papers.
Teaching the Multigenre
The father of multigenre, Tom Romano, talks about the MG paper.
The Multigenre Paper
Lesson plans on the multigenre paper from Read*Write*Think
Multigenre Example on "Speak" from Tom Romano's Classroom
A good MG model on the novel Speak. Includes reflection questions at the end. Downloads slowly.
"Goop to Glory: Breadmaking" A Multigenre by Meg Hall
This blog includes a wonderful multigenre example in a blog format.
Rubrics for Multigenre
Lots of rubrics for individual genre.
Michael Jackson: a multigenre
Here's a project by Kayla Ouellette set up on a blog site. You have to use the menu on the bottom right to navigate.
The Multigenre on Web English Teacher
A few dead sites, but a number with interesting student models.
AN ABSOLUTELY GREAT SITE WITH MODELS!
A fabulous Multigenre by teacher & graduate student Valerie K. Reid of Arundel, Maine.
Writing & Assessment
On Assessing Writing from NCTE
Powerful & thought-provoking position statements....
Rubistar (Create Rubrics for Project-Based Learning Activities)
The Trouble with Rubrics by Alfie Kohn
If you struggle with rubrics, you're not alone....
6+1 Trait Writing
Looking Collaboratively at Student Work: An Essential Toolkit
6 Traits for Elementary School
Writing & Assessment II
A Grading Contract... Peter Elbow
A Unilateral Grading Contract to Improve Learning and Teaching--a terrific read.
Responding to Student Writing
Dartmouth's Diagnosing and Responding to student writing
Coaching the Writer
From NWP's writing resources....
Mania for Rubrics by Tom Newkirk
Feeling odd about using rubrics? You're not alone....
Writing Center Information
IWCA (International Writing Centers Association)
The Writing Centers Research Project
The Writing Centers Research Project at the University of Louisville conducts and supports research on writing center theory and
INCREDIBLE LINK TO THE WCENTER WORLD! by EWCA (European Writing Centers Association)
A great connection to you-name-it
NCTE Statement on Writing Centers
Helpful resource when pitching a WCenter to an administrator
Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6-12
This Portal has a rich collection of information on Secondary WCenters.
European Writing Center Association
WCenters across the globe.
High School Writing Centers
Here's the most up-to-date high school writing center resource page.
Writing and the Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standards
CCSS (ELA, SS/History, Science, Technical Studies)
CCSS in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Studies
CCSS ... Diane Ravitch
Why I Cannot Support the Common Core Standards
An article: Common Core State Standards: The Promise and the Peril in a National Palimpsest
Downloadable Article: a look at the CCSS by English education researcher...