National Writing Project

The Quarterly

Vol. 23, No. 4, 2001

A Place for Talk in a Writers' Workshop
By Erin (Pirnot) Ciccone
When fifth grade teacher Erin Ciccone tries to replace her Monday morning "gab sessions" with "serious work," she realizes that these sessions are necessary components for leading students to strong writing....

Beyond Rhetoric: A Reflective, Persuasive Final Exam for the Workshop Classroom
By Sarah Lorenz
Lorenz's final exam tests students on their dexterity with persuasive writing by requiring them to write convincingly about the concepts, skills, and attitudes they have acquired in her writing class....

Book Review: Beyond the Writers' Workshop: New Ways to Write Creative Nonfiction by Carol Bly
By Micheal Thompson
Micheal Thompson reviews Beyond the Writers' Workshop: New Ways to Write Creative Nonfiction by Carol Bly—"a riveting critique of educational group-think methodology" that offers "an energizing and intellectually unified array of ideas for teachers....

Book Review: Updrafts: Case Studies in Teacher Renewal, edited by Roy F. Fox
By Michele Pittard
Updrafts, according to Pittard, reaches beyond the audience of practicing teachers seeking their own renewal to appeal to administrators and teacher educators concerned with problems such as the attrition of beginning teachers....

How to Build Better Engineers: A Practical Approach to the Mechanics of Text
By Ron E. Smelser
In engineering, the transition from idea to product requires that the engineer produce clear proposals demonstrating the idea's practicality and economic feasibility....

Matching Reading Models and Strategies
By Mary Frances Landenwich
Primary school teacher Mary Frances Landenwich discovered that skill-and-drill reading activities did very little for her students' reading comprehension, so she instituted a meaning-centered teaching style that lead to some productive pairings of reading models and strategies....

Portfolios That Make a Difference: A Four-Year Journey
By Judith Ruhana
Middle-school teacher Ruhana began using portfolios in her classroom and gained some valuable insights into her students' abilities....

Stories and the Teaching Life
By Tim Gillespie
In his teaching notebook, Tim Gillespie mulls over the day's challenges, savors small victories, tinkers with problems, initiates small disturbances of thought, and gains perspective on the daily triumphs and despairs of teaching....

Teaching Mining; Mining Teaching
By Peggy Riley
When Riley comes into possession of a packet of poems written by her great-grandfather, she finds a way to explore them from both historical and literary perspectives that enhances her classroom work....

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