National Writing Project

The Quarterly

Vol. 24, No. 3, 2002

Book Review: Listening Up, by Rachel Martin
By Shirley Brown
Shirley Brown, reviewing Listening Up: Reinventing Ourselves as Teachers and Students by Rachel Martin, finds that Martin writes simply and makes abstract theories such as poststructuralism and psychoanalysis accessible and applicable to the classroom....

Channeling Emotion: One Way to Make Poems out of Feelings
By Kathy Woods
Wordsworth called poetry "the spontaneous overflow of feelings....

Collaborating to Write Dialogue
By Janis Cramer
Writing dialogue cooperatively, Cramer's students learn to develop characters, consider word choice, and interweave dialogue and description, while simultaneously strengthening their cooperative and independent writing skills....

Do NWP Teachers Make a Difference?
By Jon Marshall, Ruie Pritchard
The authors unveil some unsettling circumstances about teacher disincentives to initiate change....

Reflection and Reform
By Joe Check
Check argues for reflective teaching in the face of mandated, external "exemplary programs....

The Field Trip Within
By Peter Trenouth
Trenouth describes how he helps his student-writers take in more of what they see, resulting in detailed writing that embraces new interpretations and conclusions....

The Five-Paragraph Theme
By Glenda Moss
After teaching the five-paragraph essay early in her career, Glenda Moss now describes how it locks students into thinking it is the only way to write....

Visualizing Vocabulary
By Eileen Simmons
Simmons presents a series of creative activities that have advanced her high school students' vocabularies and impressed on them the power of words....

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