National Writing Project

The Quarterly

Vol. 18, No. 4, 1996

Creating Work of Their Own: Skills and Voice in an Eighth Grade Research Project
By Robert Roth
Roth argues that if students are to execute successful research projects they need to put their own stamp on their work and also need explicit instruction in the skills necessary to carry out this task....

Franklin and Whitman: Teaching for the Head and Heart
By Holly Stein

How Enzymes Act: Skit Writing in Science Class
By John Dorroh

Letter to the Editor
By Laura Cobrinik

Literature in the Classroom, or "Say Not the Struggle Not Availeth"
By Jane Juska
In a form that relies on entries from her teaching journal, Juska argues for a literature-based curriculum, however painful, and acknowledges that "Why do we have to read this?" is, in fact the most important question about literature....

Location, Location, Location: A Way into Descriptive Writing
By Ray Skjelbred
Skjelbred provides strategies to sharpen "location writing," ways to understand the importance of small detail, to choose words for accuracy and sensory impact, to avoid quick subjective judgments about what we see....

Logorrhea or The Dangers of Unprotected Lex: Confessions of a Word Junkie
By Charles Waterworth
Waterworth's brief memoir documents the unorthodox uses of language in his dysfunctional family and his own growing belief that he could "do anything with words....

Muscle Car English
By JoAnne Dowd
When Dowd allows two unsuccesful students to plan and implement a car show, she is pleased with the results, but left with doubts about the significance of what she and they have accomplished....

Picture This!
By Stephen Marcus
Marcus writes about the uses of photography both to prompt and to supplement writing....

Stan Pesick Wins Miriam Ylvisaker Award
By NWP Staff

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