National Writing Project

The Quarterly

Vol. 19, No. 4, 1997

Annotated Bibliography for Kids and Teachers Who Love Words
By Christine Facciolli
Facciolli's bibliography cites and describes texts, both fiction and nonfiction, in which words are front and center....

Book Excerpt: Until We Are Strong Together: Women Writers in the Tenderloin, by C. Heller
By Caroline Heller
Heller re–creates the process of a writing workshop in San Francisco's Tenderloin, a neighborhood of the poor and homeless, illustrating how writing serves as a fulcrum for explorations of—and actions upon—the forces underlying the participants' lives....

Pruning Too Early: The Thorny Issue of Grading Student Writing
By Stephanie Wilder
Wilder creates an analogy comparing cutting back a garden as it is in the process of maturing to grading a student paper while it is still evolving and in a revisable state....

Should Shay Be Squelched? Striking a Balance Between Discipline and Creativity
By Stacy Larson

Sound and Sense: Grammar, Poetry and Creative Language
By Ray Skjelbred
Skjelbred finds that by providing his students with "the vocabulary of grammar" they develop an understanding of sentence possibilities that increases their options as poets....

The Library Corner: Literature as Language: Using Kids' Books to Teach About Words
By Christine Facciolli
Facciolli writes of how teachers can use children's books to enhance letter recognition and familiarity with rhymes, puns, and parts of speech, in addition to other language-based concerns....

The Writing Process Goes to San Quentin
By Jane Juska
Working with lifer inmates at San Quentin Prison, Juska finds that while the "writing process" takes some unorthodox shifts and turns "it was there all the time, jerked around by living human beings....

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