National Writing Project

The Quarterly

Vol. 25, No. 4, 2003

Book Review: The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers, by Sheridan Blau
By Fran Claggett
Fran Claggett reviews Sheridan Blau's The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers....

Book Review: Within and Beyond the Writing Process..., by Dornan, Rosen & Wilson
By Christian Knoeller
Christian Knoeller reviews Within and Beyond the Writing Process in the Secondary English Classroom by Reade W....

Dead or Alive: How Will Your Students' Nonfiction Arrive?
By Nancy Lilly
Lilly describes how she helps her students recognize that the skills that elevate fiction are the very skills needed to write strong nonfiction, including science writing....

Inclusion and the Multiple Intelligences: Creating a Student-Centered Curriculum
By Jennifer Borek
Echoing Howard Gardner's work on multiple intelligences, Borek identifies learning similarities in her students and describes ways she uses knowledge of those similarities in her classroom....

Linguistic Dissonance
By Britton Gildersleeve
Recounting a classroom discussion centered on bell hook's essay, "Confronting Class in the Classroom," Britton Gildersleeve describes a misunderstanding regarding the meaning of the word class....

Mining the World of Writing Material
By Evan Balkan
Describing his work with college students, Evan Balkan offers suggestions for encouraging students to look at their lives for rich writing material and to think critically about the world around them....

Of Paint and Poetry: Strengthening Literacy Through Art
By Judith Jester
After freeing herself of a bias toward print-only learning in English class, Jester found that correlating skills between visual and language arts helped her students generate lively writing and discussion....

On the Experience of Writing The Literature Workshop
By Sheridan Blau
In conjunction with a review of his recent book, Sheridan Blau offers a few words about the process of writing and publishing The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers....

Out of Our Experience: Useful Theory
By Sheila Clawson, Marion S. MacLean, Marian M. Mohr, Mary Ann Nocerino, Courtney Rogers, Betsy Sanford
In this excerpt from Teacher Research for Better Schools, the writers describe and annotate their emergence as researchers, detailing the influences that shaped their ideas about how teachers and students learn, and how schools change....

Reflections of a Distracted Teacher
By Rebecca Dierking
The author details her reawakening to what is most important to teaching: her humanity; her capacity to care about each student, one at a time....

The Politics of Correction: How We Can Nurture Students in Their Writing
By Linda Christensen
How do we help students gain fluency in Standard English without obliterating their home languages? The author provides some answers: through scientific assessment, structured minilessons, and respect for home language....

Two or Three Things I Know for Sure About Helping Students Write the Stories of Their Lives
By Debbie Rotkow
What is authentic writing for first-graders? The author considers this question and describes how she helped students learn to celebrate their lives in poetry and prose....

Using Freshman Composition to Analyze What Students Really Know About Grammar
By Matthew Teorey
College instructor Teorey takes a clear-eyed look at the problem of untaught and unlearned grammatical skills, and suggests some ways to tackle the predicament....

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