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Filled with insights on writing and the teaching of writing, NWP books and other publications stimulate innovative thinking about classroom practice, professional development for teachers of writing, and much more.

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Teaching Outside the Box But Inside the Standards
This book illustrates how a dialogical approach to practice will enable teachers to meet the needs of today's diverse student population within a standardized curriculum. More ›

Pose, Wobble, Flow
The authors present a pedagogical model to encapsulate the challenges of teaching and the process of growing as an educator who questions existing inequities in schooling and society, and frames teaching around a commitment to changing them. More ›

Assessing Students' Digital Writing
This collection highlights six case studies centered on evidence the authors have uncovered through teacher inquiry and structured conversations that developed into protocols for assessing students' digital writing. More ›

Uncommonly Good Ideas
This innovative resource provides teachers with a road map for designing a comprehensive writing curriculum that meets Common Core standards. The authors zero in on several "big ideas" that lead to and support effective practices in writing instruction. More ›

Helping English Learners to Write
Using a rich array of research-based practices, this book will help teachers improve the academic writing of English learners. It provides specific teaching strategies, activities, and extended lessons to develop EL students' narrative, informational, and argumentative writing, emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. More ›

Family Dialogue Journals
This honest, clearly written, and accessible book shows how to use Family Dialogue Journals (FDJs) to increase and deepen learning across grade levels. Written by K–12 teachers who have been implementing and studying the use of weekly journals for several years, it shares what they have learned and why they have found FDJs to be an invaluable tool for forming effective partnerships with families. More ›

The Activist Learner
This dynamic book explores a variety of ways teachers can integrate service learning to enliven their classroom, meet the unique developmental needs of their students, and satisfy the next generation of standards and assessments. The authors demonstrate how inquiry-based teaching with service learning outcomes cultivates, requires, and rewards literacy, as well as important skills like perspective taking and compassion. More ›

Transforming Talk into Text: Argument Writing, Inquiry, and Discussion,
Grades 6-12

Author Thomas McCann invites readers to rethink their approach to teaching writing by capitalizing on students' instinctive desire to talk. Drawing on extensive classroom research, he shows teachers how to craft class discussions that build students' skills of analysis, problem-solving, and argumentation as a means of improving student writing. More ›

Reading, Thinking, and Writing About History: Teaching Argument Writing to Diverse Learners in the Common Core Classroom, Grades 6-12
Reading, Thinking, and Writing About History is a practical guide that presents six research-tested historical investigations along with all corresponding teaching materials and tools that have improved the historical thinking and argumentative writing of academically diverse students. More ›

The First Year of Teaching: Classroom Research to Increase Student Learning
In this compelling look at first-year teachers' practice in urban schools, editors Jabari Mahiri and Sarah Warshauer Freedman demonstrate how a program of systematic classroom research by teachers themselves enables them to effectively target instruction and improve their own practice. More ›

Writing and Teaching to Change the World: Connecting with Our Most Vulnerable Students
Perfect for use in teacher preparation courses and professional learning groups, Writing and Teaching to Change the World shows what critical pedagogy looks like and identifies the conditions needed for it to emerge in the K–12 classroom. More ›

Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom: The Digital Media + Learning Research Hub Report Series on Connected Learning
This new collection published by the Digital Media + Learning Research Hub, was edited by a group of National Writing Project educators and takes examples of practice that teachers have shared online—at the NWP Digital Is website—and curates them into a larger collection. This collection, unique in its focus on in-school work, explores the principles of Connected Learning woven throughout classroom work and practices. More ›

Writing Instruction That Works: Proven Methods for Middle and High School Classrooms
Backed by solid research, Writing Instruction That Works—by Arthur N. Applebee and Judith A. Langer—answers the following questions: What is writing instruction today and what can it be tomorrow? This up-to-date, comprehensive book identifies areas of concern for the ways that writing is being taught in today's secondary schools. More ›

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