National Writing Project

The Quarterly

Vol. 20, No. 3, 1998

Book Review: Narration as Knowledge: Tales of the Teaching Life, by Joseph Trimmer
By Don Rothman

Book Review: The Art of Workplace English: A Curriculum for All Students, by C. Boiarsky
By Ann Dobie
Dobie finds this is a book "whose time has come" as she presents the author's argument for curricula that will prepare students for the world of the 21st century without sacrificing essential traditional learning....

Book Review: The Book of Learning and Forgetting, by Frank Smith
By Bob Sizoo
Sizoo describes the "mixed feelings" the teachers he workers with feel toward this text, which advocates for "Classic Learning" (effortless, continual, independent ) over the "Official Theory" (occasional, individualistic, intentional)....

Book Review: The Literacy Crisis: False Claims, Real Solutions, by Jeff McQuillan
By Jan Isenhour

Do You Remember Me? Writing Oral Histories with Nursing Home Residents
By Cathie English
High school teacher Cathie English describes how students collected rich oral histories and created "Elderly Voices: Living Links to the Past," a online collection of narratives of nursing home residents in Hamilton County, Nebraska....

Happy Problems
By Kim Stafford

Letters to the Editor
By NWP Staff

Teacherless Talk: Impressions from Electronic Literacy Conversations
By Karen Murar, Elaine Ware
An online cross-grade conversation about literature encourages students to develop and hone thinking skills such as questioning, clarifying, connecting, interpreting, and evaluating....

Viewpoint: Practicing What We Preach (or the Teacher as Supermodel!)
By Don Humbertson

Virtual Reality: Evaluating Online Information
By Holly Littlefield
Littlefield teaches her students to evaluate website information using such criteria as authority, accuracy, coverage, currency, and objectivity....

Writing from the Feather Circle: Seeking a “Language of That Different Yield”
By G. Lynn Nelson
Nelson reflects on how the Native American "feather circle" practice has affected his teaching of writing....

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