A Guide to Nature Writing
Edited by Christian McEwen & Mark Statman 320 pp.
Grades: all ages
The Alphabet of the Trees is a superb collection of essays about teaching all aspects and forms of nature writing, including field journals, poems, fiction, and nonfiction. The distinguished contributors to this volume include Gary Snyder, Joseph Bruchac, Mary Oliver, Clare Walker Leslie, Barbara Bash, William J. Higginson, and Jack Collom. Their essays present inspiring models from Tu Fu, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Basho, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda, Muriel Rukeyser, and many others.
By Dale Worsley & Bernadette Mayer
Grades: middle school, high school, university
The Art of Science Writing features innovative advice about science writing, as well as inspiring examples from Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Jane Goodall, Stephen Jay Gould, and others. Topics covered include: essay development; writing experiments; and an annotated bibliography with more than 150 books useful in the teaching of this unique genre.
Teaching Writing to Children with Special Needs
edited by Nicole Callihan and Catherine Barnett
The exercises in From Medusa to the Sky grew out of Teachers & Writers Collaborative’s long history of providing creative writing programs for students in New York City’s District 75 schools and classrooms, which serve students with special learning needs.
First published in 2001, From Medusa to the Sky has proved to be a favorite resource for teaching artists—writers working in K–12 schools—as well as classroom teachers. Although the exercises were developed by Teachers & Writers Collaborative teaching artists who taught special needs students, the ideas in this book have been used as a starting point for lesson plans to engage a variety of young learners in imaginative writing.
ISBN: 978-0-915924-72-1 (Kindle Edition)
Developing Plays with Young People
By Herbert Kohl
Grades: elementary school, middle school
Herbert Kohl invites teachers to explore improvisation and dramatic dialogues with their students and provides strategies for transforming young writers into playwrights. He also offers methods for adapting great works of literature into classroom performances.
Children Writing and Performing Their Own Plays
By Daniel Judah Sklar 184 pp.
Grades: kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school
Playmaking is an award-winning, step-by-step account of teaching children to write, direct, and perform their own plays—as staged readings, videotapes, radio plays, and full stage productions. An exciting guide for cultivating the dramatic imagination, the book includes lesson plans, an annotated bibliography, and a glossary of theater terms. “I love this book. It’s a great read, and it taught me a lot about playwriting, theater, and young people.”—Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides
Writing Your Way into the American Experience
By Margot Fortunato Galt 263 pp.
Grades: middle school, high school, university, all ages
The Story in History gives teachers and students of all levels an entirely new way to learn about American history: by re-experiencing it from the vantage point of the imaginative writer. In more than 20 exercises using sources as various as early maps of the Americas, Walt Whitman’s accounts of the Civil War, Sioux oral histories, diaries of the women on the Oregon Trail, ads in 1940s, issues of Life, and poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks and Pablo Neruda, students combine research, imagination, and personal memory to explore both the “big events” and everyday life of earlier times. Visit Margot Fortunato Galt’s website at http://mgalt.com “This is a book that could make a difference.”—Kliatt “A ground-breaking book.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press
Creative Writing through Visual Art
Edited by Tonya Foster & Kristin Prevallet 240 pp.
Grades: all ages
This anthology of essays about the challenges and rewards of uniting visual art and creative writing not only demonstrates how art can spark wonderful student writing, but goes much further, offering novel insights into the creative process. The 20 essays in Third Mind—by teachers, poets, writers, artists, and museum educators—provide ideas on a diverse array of artistic disciplines, among them, quilt-making, Chinese calligraphy, abstract painting, and photographic portraiture. The collection also features 18 gorgeous color plates and an extensive bibliography of works on visual art and creative writing.