Reading List for Invitational Summer and Fall Institute 2016

Southern Maine Writing Project at USM


I.  Why Writing Matters  

Graves, Donald. Testing Is Not Teaching (summer)

Newkirk, Thomas and Richard Kent.  Teaching the Neglected “R” (select at least six chapters) (fall)

NWP and Carl Nagin. Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in our Schools  

*read ch. 1-3 for orientation


II. A Writer’s Life (Summer) (Choose one from the following:)

Fletcher, Ralph. Breathing In, Breathing Out: Keeping a Writer’s Notebook

King, Stephen. On Writing

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird

Reeves, Judy. A Writer’s Book of Days

Ueland, Brenda. If You Want to Write

 III. Teaching Writing (Summer) (Choose one from the following:)

Burke, Jim.  Writing Reminders

Caine, K (2008) Writing to Persuade:  Mini Lessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, and Revise

Daniels, Harvey, Steven Zemelman, and Nancy Steineke.  Content-Area Writing: Every Teacher’s Guide

Fletcher, Ralph and JoAnn Portalupi. Craft Lessons: Teaching Writing K-8

Gallagher, Kelly.  Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts

Hale, Elizabeth (2008), Crafting Writers, K-6

Harvey, Stephanie. Nonfiction Matters: Reading, Writing & Research in Grades 3-8

Bernabei, Gretchen S. & Dottie Hall.  The Story of My Thinking: Expository Writing Activities for 13 Teaching Situations.  Grades 4-9.

Lane, Barry.  After the End

Robb, Laura. Teaching Nonfiction Writing: A Practical Guide: Strategies and Tips From Leading Authors Translated Into Classroom-Tested Lessons

Strong, William.  Write For Insight: Empowering Content Area Learning, Grades 6-12

IV. Rethinking Teaching Practice (Fall)  (Choose one from the following:)  

Brannon, Lilian, Sally Griffin, Karen Hagg, Tony Iannone, Cynthia Urbanski, and Shana Woodward.  Thinking Out Loud on Paper: The Student Daybook as a Tool to Foster Learning

Hicks, Troy. Crafting Digital Writing (grades 4-12)

Kent, Richard. Room 109: The Promise of a Portfolio Classroom. (grades 9-12)

Overmeyer, Mark. When Writing Workshop Isn’t Working (grades 2-5)

Tovani, Cris. I Read It, but I Don’t Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers

V. Research on Teaching Practice  (Fall)

Pick 5 peer reviewed articles of your choice to read in order to support your workshop or teaching action research.