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Book List


  • Heinemann from Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Writing Project
  • Teachers College Press, Columbia University
  • Write Source

Authors, Illustrators, Photographers

  • A Community of Writers: A Workshop, Peter Elbow and Pat Belanoff
  • Andy Goldsworthy, A Collaboration with Nature, a stunning book of photography
  • A Poem for Every Student, Creating community in a Public School Classroom, Sheryl Lain
  • The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers, John Gardner
  • The Art of Teaching Writing, Lucy McCormick Calkins
  • The Artist’s Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, Julia Cameron with Mark Bryan
  • Awakening the Heart, Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School, Georgia Heard
  • Because Writing Matters, Improving Student Writing in Our Schools, National Writing Project and Carl Nagin
  • Bird by Bird, Anne LaMott
  • Breaking the Rules, Edgar H. Schuster
  • Cohesive Writing, Carol Jago
  • Crafting Authentic Voice, Tom Romano
  • Early Harvest, An Anthology of Student Writing, edited by Matthew Shenoda for the Rural Readers Project
  • The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
  • For the Good of the Earth and Sun, Teaching Poetry, Georgia Heard
  • Freelance Writer’s Guide, edited by James Waller
  • Fuel, poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Getting the Knack, 20 Poetry Writing Exercises, Stephen Dunning and William Stafford
  • I Am a Pencil, A Teacher, His Kids, and Their World of Stories, Sam Swope
  • Image Grammar, Using Grammatical Structures to Teach Writing, Harry R. Noden
  • It Was A Dark and Stormy Night, compiled by Scott Rice; Bride of Dark and Stormy; Son of It Was A Dark and Stormy Night; It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The Final Conflict
  • Lessons That Change Writers, Nancie Atwell
  • Lessons to Share on Teaching Grammar in Context, Constance Weaver
  • The Multi Genre Research Paper, Camille A. Allen
  • The Muses Among Us, Kim Stafford
  • Nature Writing Handbook, John A. Murray
  • Old Faithful, Edited by Christopher Edgar & Ron Padgett
  • One Writer’s Beginnings, Eudora Welty
  • Poems Please! Sharing Poetry with Children, David Booth and Bill Moore
  • Quantum Teaching, Bobbi DePorter, Mark Reardon, and Sarah Singer-Nourie
  • Reading, Writing, Rising Up, Linda Christensen
  • Revision Toolbox, Teaching Techniques that Work, Georgia Heard
  • Robert Bateman Natural Worlds, gorgeous paintings by Robert Bateman
  • Rural Voices, Place Conscious Education and the Teaching of Writing, edited by Robert E. Brooke
  • Sentence Composing for Middle School, Don Killgallon
  • Spotlight on Comprehension, Building a Literacy of Thoughtfulness, Linda Hoyt with other leading experts
  • Walking on Alligators, A Book of Meditations for Writers, Susan Shaughnessy
  • What You Know by Heart, How to Develop Curriculum for Your Writing Workshop, Katie Wood Ray
  • Words Under the Words, Naomi Shihab Nye
  • The Writer’s Workout Book, Art Peterson
  • Writers Express, Dave Kemper, Ruth Nathan and Patrick Sebranek
  • The Write Track, A Handbook for Young Writers, Thinkers, and Learners, David Kemper, Ruth Nathan, and Patrick Sebranek
  • The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
  • Writing America, Classroom Literacy and Public Engagement, edited by Sarah Robbins and Mimi Dyer
  • Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  • Writing Out the Storm, Jessica Page Morrell
  • Writing Toward Home, Georgia Heard
  • Writing with Passion, Life Stories, Mulitple Genres, Tom Romano
  • You Gotta Be the Book, Jeffery D. Wilhelm

Children’s Books That Are Rich With Ideas

  • Cloudland, John Burmingham
  • January Rides the Wind, beautiful poetry and paintings by Charlotte F. Otten
  • Start Writing Adventure Stories, Penny King and Ruth Thomson
  • Who Comes? beautiful poetry and paintings by Deborah Chandra


  • Poetry 180
    Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem each day of the 180 days of the school year. This site is maintained by Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States. 
    With thousands of poems by hundreds of authors, offers one of the largest free collections of verse on the web.
  • The Atlantic Monthly Poetry Pages
    The Atlantic Monthly's home on the Internet
  • Fooling With Words
    Fooling With Words with Bill Moyers captures the vitality and diversity of contemporary poetry on the web.
  • Representative Poetry On-Line
    Representative Poetry On-line, includes 2,300 English poems by over 359 poets from the Old English period to the work of living poets today.
  • The International Library of Poetry, sponsored by the International Library of Poetry, is the largest poetry site on the Internet.
  • Favorite Poem Project
    Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky founded the project to document American's love of poetry. Site includes online submission form, videos, anthologies, and a selection of collected poetry.
  • Poet Biographies
    Type in 'poet' for a search term to find bios on thousands of poets
  • Poetry Slam
    A non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the poetry slam, or the "competitive art of performance poetry." Sit includes slam venues, slam links and slam forums.

Other Resources


Resources - Great Links!

Information Literacy for the Information Age

Website Evaluation

Avoiding Plagiarism

Web Publishing for kids

Peer Review

Class Webpages

Web Quests

Power Point Guide



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