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port.gif (4447 bytes) #1 Portfolio Resource Guide: Creating and Using Portfolios in the Classroom
by Judith C. Gilbert
(All grades) $21.95

This Portfolio Resource Guide provides models, ideas, suggestions, and tips for using portfolios. Many examples of a myriad of different models from every level and almost every subject area are included and the models have been tested and proven effective in actual classrooms. Subject areas include arts, career education, English/language arts, foreign language, science, interdisciplinary, professional growth, writing, and social studies.

summer.jpg (5244 bytes) #2 In the Summer: A Guide to a Secondary Summer School Program in the Language Arts
by Theodore F. Fabiano and F. Todd Goodson
(Grades 7-12)

The summer is a dream come true for summer school teachers. It addresses the needs and interests of students and doesn't simply rehash the regular school year's curriculum, which probably didn't work for the summer school student anyway. This is a creative description of the workshop approach for summer school students, a reading/writing workshop that really works.

6-trait.gif (5959 bytes) #3 Using the 6-Trait Analytic Scale for Instruction: Activities for the Classroom 6-12
by John H. Bushman, F. Todd Goodson and Jean Ketter
(Grades 6-12)

This text offers many activities for the elementary school teacher who wishes to use the 6-Trait Analytic Scale for instruction. Adventures in Writing has many classroom-tested activities, examples of elementary students' writing in each of the trait areas, and also includes suggestions in using children's literature in many of the traits.

adven.jpg (4276 bytes) #4 Adventures in Writing Activities for for K-5: Using the 6-Trait Analytic Scale
by Millie Muzyka and Jennifer Beasley
(Grades K-5)

This text offers many activities for the elementary school teacher who wishes to use the 6-Trait Analytic Scale for instruction. Adventures in Writing has many classroom-tested activities, examples of elementary students' writing in each of the trait areas, and also includes suggestions in using children's literature in many of the traits.

multi.jpg (5105 bytes) #5 Using Multicultural Young Adult Literature
by Carlena Haney
(Grades 6-12)

A valuble resource for today's secondary English teachers facing the dual challenges of reaching the growing numbers of ethnically diverse students in their classrooms and preparing adolescents to function emotionally and intellectually in our increasingly puralistic American society, this book provides introductory reviews of the best of modern multicultural young adult novels as well as practical examples of how such literature can be incorporated into thematic units in the secondary litera ture curriculum.

adult.jpg (4447 bytes) #6 Using Cooperative Groups to Teach Young Adult Literature: A Multi-Project Approach to Helping Students Explore Five Thematically Related Young Adult Novels
by Jean Ketter
(Grades 7-12)

This is a practical guide for using cooperative groups to explore literature. The book has a rational for using cooperative groups, suggested calendars, and overview of activities, general large group discussion topics, sample tests, essay and discussion questions for each novel, and a summary of a student evaluation of the project.

humor.jpg (5181 bytes) #7 Connecting Humor, Writing and Literature in the Language Arts
by Lisa A. Spiegel
(Grades 7-12)

A creative book which includes a discussion of humor in general, its uses in the classroom, and how humor can be used effectively. Included are writing assignments incorporating humor, samples of humorous literature, and model units which suggest humorous materials.

them.jpg (4222 bytes) #8 A Thematic Guide to Young Adult Literature: Annotations, Critiques, and Sources
by Kay Parks Bushman
(Grades 5-12)

This text offers the busy teacher who wishes to use young adult literature in the classroom a variety of information that is crucial to effective use of literature. Each entry includes a brief summary , appropriate grade levels, sources in which the work has been reviewed, and a listing of the particular strengths of the work. The text is packaged in a three-ring notebook so additional summaries may be added later.

jour.jpg (4527 bytes) #9 Journalism: A Practical Approach, 2nd ed.
by Lori Atkins Goodson and F. Todd Goodson
(Grades 7-12)

This text provides a hands-on approach to high school journalism, with a focus on the future. Besides providing a lively approach to journalism, it helps students create a portfolio for potential employers and for college admissions officials. It also includes Professional Profiles, written by working professionals in the field of journalism. Whether you're a seasoned journalism teacher, or preparing for your first year in the role, you'll find this to be a common-sense and enjoyable appro ach to journalism.

posit.jpg (5925 bytes) #10 Creating a Positive Classroom Climate
by John H. Bushman
(All Grades)

This text provides numerous activities to help achieve a positive classroom climate. The environment in most classrooms must be supportive if students are to feel comfortable to respond to literature, participate in writing groups, and, in general, interact with classmates in a constructive way. Activities may be used to help students know each other and establish a trustful relationship.

resp1.jpg (2673 bytes) #11 Responding: A Reading/Writing Integrative Approach to Young Adult Literature, Vol. I $14.95

This is a collection of the Responding Guides sold separately elsewhere in this catalog. Included in this book are the following guides: After the First Death, Hatchet, Bridge to Terabithia, Chinese Handcuffs, Make Like a Tree and Leave, Number the Stars, The Chocolate War, The Outsiders, Cold Sassy Tree, The Pigman, A Day No Pigs Would Die, Princess Ashley, Remembering the Good Times, Dicey's Song, Remember Me to Harold Square, Dogsong, Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry, Earth to Matthew, Fallen Angels, Running Loose, and A Gathering of Old Men.

resp2.jpg (3384 bytes) #12 Responding: A Reading/Writing Integrative Approach to Young Adult Literature Vol. II $16.95

A continuation of Volume I, this text includes the following guides: Don't Look Behind You; Out of Here; Downriver; Shiloh; The Drowning of Stephan Jones; Skin Deep; Face on the Milk Carton; Sounder; Somewhere in the Darkness; A Family Apart; Staying Fat for Sara Byrnes; The Giver; Jacob, Have I Loved; Stotan; In My Father's House; I Am the Cheese; To Kill a Mockingbird; Lizard; Killing Mr. Griffin; Lyddie; Waiting for the Rain; Miriam's Well; Tunes for Bears to Dance To; Maniac McGee; Who is Eddie Leonard?; Nightjohn; Who Killed My Daughter?; Out of Control; Whatever Happened to Janie?; and Wolf By the Ears.

resp3.gif (5321 bytes) #13 Responding: A Reading/Writing Integrative Approach to Young Adult Literature Vol. IIi $15.95

A continuation of Volume I and II, this text includes the following guides: The MidWife's Apprentice; Bloomability; The View from Saturday; River Thunder; Ironman; Memoirs of Bookbat; Rimwalkers; The Crystal Garden; Black Horses for the King; Bull Catcher; Tenderness; Fade; An Acquaintance with Darkness; A Distant Enemy; Walk Two Moons; Ghost Canoe; Far North; Under a Different Sky; Slam; Out of Dust; Reaching Dustin; Shade's Children; Blood and Chocolate; In the Middle of the Night; Jump Ball; Doing Time: Notes from the Undergrad; The Watsons Go To Birmingham -1963

Purchase any individual title from either Responding Vol. I, Vol. II or Vol. III for just $3.95 each. Spiral Bound
whole.jpg (5265 bytes) #14 It is Possible! On Being a Whole Language Teacher in the Middle/Junior High School in Spite of the "Buts..." and "What Abouts..."
by Lois T. Stover
(Grades 6-9)

The whole language concept is not the sole property of the elementary curriculum. Whole language concepts can be included in the junior high/middle school very effectively. This text offers a very friendly approach to implementing whole language. Topics addressed include: whole language and the mandated curriculum, whole language and the teaching of poetry, writing, grammar, testing. The author presents a clear, concise theoretical foundation for whole language teaching.

doub.jpg (4043 bytes) #15 Doublespeak, Lies and Videotape
by F. Todd Goodson
(Grades 9-12)

A delightfully irreverent and astonishingly practical guide to teaching students about deceptive language. This text contains over 60 activities for incorporating language and cultural studies into the high school English class. Along the way, you'll meet Mrs. Ratchet, Captain Video, and the Reverend Outraged. And you'll learn about the Sinister Forces of Language Manipulation and what you can do to prepare your students to face the challenges of deceptive public discourse.

diff.jpg (3198 bytes) #16 Delightfully Different
by Susan Swartz
(Grades 1-3)

Delightfully Different intrigues youngsters by infinite possibilities with careers, stimulates thought and curiosity toward individual difference and ability, and transposes youngsters into the future by self-illustration, all within the realm of inclusive diverse occupations exhibiting racial and gender equity.

magic.jpg (3476 bytes) #17 Demystifying the Magic: Strategies for Creatively Teaching the Writing of the Narrative, the Essay, and the Poem
by Teena Winter
(Grades 9-12)

This book explores strategies for getting students to write creative and original descriptions, fiction, narratives, essays, and poems. It is chock full of handouts that can go straight to the classroom and contains tips for teachers that can help them identify strategies and skills which develop voice in their student's writing.

writecrs.jpg (4263 bytes) #18 The Write Course
2nd Edition
by Shirley J. Yarick
Teachers Edition -
$21.95 Student Edition - $19.95

This text is a compilation of writing assignments developed specifically for the non-traditional college freshman enrolled in the basic English composition courses at a community college. Writing exercises prepare students for the type of writing they might encounter in the business world. Response writing to literature and poetry and an I-Search approach to research writing are included. Students finish the semester with the preparation of a portfolio of best work and a reflection of learning writing.


usingport.jpg (3980 bytes) #19 Using Portfolios in the Elementary Classroom
by Kari Goheen
(Grades 9-12)

Teachers can't go wrong when they use Using Portfolios in the Elementary Classroom: A Step by Step Guide as a guide to implementing portfolios in their classrooms. The text includes many reproducible forms that teachers can take right into their classroom. Author Goheen takes teachers through an entire year in this step by step process.

curr.jpg (4204 bytes) #20 A Language Arts Curriculum K-12

This book includes suggested curricula for primary, intermediate, middle, and secondary levels. Interdisciplinary suggestions are also included. The book contains some theory of the language arts curriculum along with suggested standards, objectives, materials, activities, resources, and possible assessments. A great resource for the English/language arts teacher and curriculum director.

midd.jpg (4983 bytes) #21 Thematic Units for the Middle School English Classroom

Thematic units are extremely important to teaching English as they enable creative teachers to integrate the language arts components-language, writing, literature, and oral English-into the classroom. Included in the book are units on growing up, friendship, family relations, adventure, war and conflict, and many others. Each unit contains a rationale, a unit description, objectives, lists of materials, activities, resources, and assessment possibilities.

themunit.jpg (3524 bytes) #22 Thematic Units for the High School English Classroom

This book is similar in composition to the middle school edition. This text has thematic units on death and dying, war, minority rights, identity, power, and many others. Each unit contains a rationale, a unit description, objectives, list of materials, activities, resources, and assessment possibilities.

gath.jpg (3129 bytes) #23 Whodunit: Gathering Up the Clues
by Shirly Yarick

This unit of study takes students through the analysis of elements which make up the mystery genre. Using critical thinking exercises, exploration of literary elements through reading young adult mysteries, group and individual writing exercises, and opportunities to develop organizational skills, the unit culminates with the writing of an original mystery story . Though this unit is sequential in nature, parts may be used independently and it is designed to allow maximum enjoyment during this learning experience.

approach.jpg (5952 bytes) #24 The Write Approach: A Technical Writing Course for High School
by Shirley J. Yarick

This writing study for high school students incorporates a sequential experience of developing writing through sensory language, chronology, critical thinking and analysis while porcessing paragraphs to the essay form. Writing experiences include correspondence formats, creating a resume, note-taking skill, publicity and news releases, description, narration, and illustration. The study finishes with the more challenging writing tasks of process analysis, opinion, contrast and comparison, problem/solution, and I-Search project.

elclass.jpg (4780 bytes) #25 Using Thematic Units in the Elementary Classroom
edited by Kari Goheen

Using Thematic Units in the Elementary Classroom shares a variety of thematic units for use in K-5 classrooms. Units included are: "Let's Go to Germany," "Discovering Dinosaurs," "Family Ties," "In the Mail!," "The Beary Beginning," "Rainforest," "Let's Create a Cafe," "In the News," "Traveling to Washington, D. C.," "Dogs in Literature and Dogs as Workers," "Where in the World?," and "Native Americans." Units are ready to be incorporated into your classroom, and can be used as a model as you plan your own thematic units.

listening.jpg (5334 bytes) #26 Appreciative Listening: The Forgotten Art
by Constance Hoag, Ed. D.

Teachers report their overriding classroom concern is that students do not listen. The author of this book believes that listening attitudes, skills and behaviors need to be given renewed emphasis in today's classrooms. However, without the proper tools, clear goals and ready examples, busy teachers find it difficult to teach, practice, and model listening. This text provides the practicing teacher and future educators with user-friendly rationale valuing listening, as well as examples and practical strategies to teach appreciative listening through a variety of curricular areas. Appreciative Listening: The Forgotten Art is ready for immediate classroom implementation.

locate.jpg (5652 bytes) #27 On Location: Research Projects for High Schools Students
by Lori Atkins Goodson and F. Todd Goodson

How many times have your students mumbled about how boring their hometown is? Well, your students may think their town is boring, but here's a book packed with ideas that will convince even the most pessimistic teen-ager that here are some interesting local stories to be told. In On Location: Research Projects for High Schools Students, an educator and a journalist provide page after page of writing topics that can be found in student's hometowns. Plus we include detailed information on the quest for a research topic, sources of information, and even sample questions to ask. Besides taking advantage of local resources, these projects can also serve as a great link between the school and the community.

females.jpg (5416 bytes) #28 Females in Adolescent Literature
by Lisa Spiegel, Ph. D.
University of South Dakota

This book showcases strong female protagonists in adolescent literature. Both males and females will benefit from books featuring positive female characters. Chapters are divided by genre, and include the topics of problem novels, historical fiction, romance, mystery, science fiction, multicultural, and fantasy. Rationales for each genre and representative titles are included in each chapter, as well as classroom discussion and teaching ideas with an extensive annotated bibliography suited for both middle and high school students.

voice.jpg (4821 bytes) #29 This Thing Called Voice: A Guide to Assist Students in the Search for Voice in Writing
by Shirley J. Yarick

This guide is chock full of activities and ideas for teachers to guide students in the search for their voices in writing. The format is a step-by-step process in understanding the "sound" of voice by exploring "showing" writing, point of view, tone, diction, and style in examples of student writing, young adult literature, and short story classics. Activities provide students with opportunities to explore and develop their own voices.

them2.gif (8443 bytes) #30 A Thematic Guide to Adolescent Literature, Volume 2
by Lisa Spiegel

The book is the second volume in the series of bibliographic notations about current young adult literature. This volume includes YA literature that has been published in years 1994-1996. The literature is arranged thematically.

lives.gif (4550 bytes) #31 Writing Lives:The Place of Personal Narrative in the Teaching of Writing
by Jean Ketter

The author addresses the objections to using personal narrative and autobiographical writing in the classroom. She does this by presenting many classroom ideas for challenging the myths of personal and autobiographical writing.

analyze.gif (5594 bytes) #32 Teaching Students to Analyze Narrative Text using Casual Chain Strategies and Written Retellings
by Gerry A. Coffman and Judy K. Oliver

The book is designed to serve as a manual for elementary and middle school teachers who are interested in teaching narrative text. The casual chain strategies have all been implemented with elementary level students, however several of the stories and accompanying materials are applicable for middle school. The information on retellings describes a systematic method for creating retelling protocols with examples of several stories. Interviews with teachers provide related strategies for narrative text instruction at the primary level. The book will give teachers a user-friendly manual for the teaching of narrative text.

wild.gif (6397 bytes) #33 Wild Words How to Train Them to Tell Stories
by Sandy Asher

Wild Words presents advice for budding writers on how to put ideas down on paper in language that is expressive and literate, how to bring characters to life, how to line up a plot, and how to polish the final product.

real.gif (3352 bytes) #34 Using Writing and Reading Workshop in the Real Classroom
by Kelly A. Tines

This text details on teacher's realistic experience using the workshop method. The guide relates information regarding management, expectations and requirements, mini-lessons, conferencing, and evaluating students in both writing and reading workshop. Multiple appendices are included to provide readers with supplemental classroom materials. Ideas have been tried in the actual classroom, and both positive and negative aspects of activities are discussed. Although the guide is written from the perspective of a middle school teacher, most activities are adaptable to both the elementary and high school levels as well.

question.gif (6469 bytes) #35 Using Question-Answer Relationships With Children's Literature
by Jannette Allai and Donna Martin

This resource guide has been developed for teachers by teachers. The assignments in this resource guide can involve students listening as a book is shared, reading a book independently, identifying QAR items for the book, and then responding in writing. This guide can be used to implement and evaluate the Question-Answer Relationships (QARs) reading strategy. Data gathered from completion of the activities can be documented for individual students, an entire class, school, or district.

literary.gif (5746 bytes) #36 Literary Assessment in Today's Inclusion Classroom
by Linda Jones McCoy

A two-volume book providing a comprehesive set of both traditional and modern assessment techniques, including sight word and phonics tests (traditional) and trial teaching predictable book and language experience (modern). Student response pages and teacher record sheets included. Storybook volume contains original stories for assessing the trial teaching of systematic direct instruction (based reader style) and predictable books; listening; and leads to specific skills assessments such as polysyllabic words.


11" x 17" Laminated Two-Color Mini Posters of
Well-Known Young Adult Authors

Big Enough to Make Special Impact
Small Enough So Many Can Be Grouped Together
Just the Right Size for Special Displays

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1-5 posters $6.50 ea
6-10 posters $5.95 ea
11+ posters $5.50 ea

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Sue Ellen Bridgers Gary Soto Richard Peck
Alden Carter Chris Crutcher Lois Ruby
Carolyn Cooney M. E. Kerr Harry Mazer
Robert Cormier Norma Fox Mazer Paul Janeczko
Lois Duncan Lensey Namioka Paul Zindel
Will Hobbs Bruce Brooks Sara Holbrook
Sharon Creech Vicki Grove Karen Hesse

"Literacy is not an elective."
Richard Peck

"I love music, all kinds, old jazz, pop songs, Beatles, U2, early Bruce Springsteen."
Robert Cormier

"I could no more stop writing than I could stop breathing."
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Finishing Touches

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bullet"Meet the Challenge -- Teach Writing" ceramic mug $5.95
bullet"To Write, To Read, To Learn" tote bag $12.95
bullet"Experience the World -- Read" travel cup $3.50
bulletWriter Workshop Form $2.00 for a pad of 20, 4 sets for $6.00
bulletPost It Notes featuring quotes from well-known authors about writing $1.90 per pack or $5.20 for 3 packs
bulletPacket of Excuses -- Well-known student excuses often heard by teachers in the classroom. "You mean we had to write it in ink!" "Do we get extra for this?" "Will this be on the test?" and many more. Each saying is accompanied by a cartoon interpreting the excuse. Great for classroom display.Packet of 20 - $4.95
bulletExcuses Note Cards -- Assortment of 4 different cards taken from the "Packet of Excuses". 20 printed cards with envelopes. Plastic wrapped - $4.95, gift wrapped - $5.95



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