T&W Books

The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet: 104 Unusual Ways to Write Poetry in the Classroom & the Community

bk-advn_dr_alphabetBy Dave Morice 272 pp.
Grades: kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school
$19.95 paperback

There are quite a few creative writing manuals on the market, but there is nothing remotely like The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet, a compendium of 104 poetry-writing methods that have excited and challenged students and writers for the past two decades. Among the exercises are poetry mobiles, poetry robots, postage stamp poems, rolodex poems, shadow poems, chopstick quatrains, and other inventive exercises. “Teachers and parents will treasure this collection.”—School Enrichment Model Network News

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ISBN 0-915924-44-7

The Alphabet of the Trees: A Guide to Nature Writing

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Edited by Christian McEwen & Mark Statman 320 pp.
Grades: all ages
$19.95 paperback

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.

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ISBN 0-915924-63-3

The Art of Science Writing

By Dale Worsley & Bernadette Mayer 224 pp.

Grades: middle school, high school, university
$17.95 paperback

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.
“What a treasure this ‘how to do it’ book is!”—American Biology Teacher

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ISBN 0-915924-20-X

The Circuit Writer: Writing with Schools and Communities

bk-circuit_writer-thumbBy Margot Fortunato Galt 147 pp.

Grades: all ages
$14.95 paperback

The Circuit Writer: Writing with Schools and Communities is Margot Fortunato Galt’s compelling account of her 3 decades as a visiting writer in the Upper Midwest, teaching such diverse populations as Somali and Hmong refugees, Dakota Indians, Hispanic and Spanish Immersion students, and the Nordic children of Minnesota farmers. As she evokes the great tradition of pioneering educators, she also grapples with the enduring tensions between encouraging assimilation and fluency and respecting native traditions and wisdom. Each chapter focuses on particular cases from Galt’s teaching, and highlights writing exercises and the teachers and students who transformed real-life escapes and escapades into literary art. Visit Margot Fortunato Galt’s website at http://mgalt.com

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ISBN 0-915924-26-9

Classics in the Classroom: Using Great Literature to Teach Writing

bk-classics_in_classroomEdited by Christopher Edgar & Ron Padgett 240 pp.

Grades: all ages
$17.95 paperback

Classics in the Classroom presents fascinating strategies for using great literature to inspire imaginative writing. The literature discussed in this volume includes myths, epics, lyric poems, plays, stories, and novels, from ancient Sumeria, Greece, Rome, and Persia, and from Europe, Japan, Africa, and the United States. Authors presented include Homer, Sappho, Aristophanes, Ovid, Catullus, Rumi, Shakespeare, Basho, Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Mark Twain, and Hermann Hesse. “English teachers at any level will find ideas and approaches that will liven up their classes.”—Kliatt

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ISBN 0-915924-58-7

Deep Revision: A Guide for Teachers, Students, and Other Writers

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By Meredith Sue Willis 192 pp.

Grades: all ages
$16.95 paperback

If you or your students dread the process of revision, this book will prove transformative. Deep Revision covers topics such as: revision as a natural process, learning to revise by editing other people’s writing, changing media to revise, and revising nonfiction with fiction techniques. Meredith Sue Willis offers a wide array of specific revision exercises for fiction and nonfiction. “Hundreds of ideas on how to enjoy the work of making writing fresher, richer, and more authentic.”—Kliatt

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ISBN 0-915924-41-2

 

The Dictionary of Wordplay

 

bk-wordplayBy Dave Morice 293 pp.

Grades: all ages
$19.95 paperback
$5.95 eBook

The Dictionary of Wordplay is the first dictionary of wordplay, ever. The more than 1,234 entries in Morice’s Dictionary range from the acrostic and the “exquisite corpse” to palindromes, spoonerisms, and anagrams. From these the reader moves on to such esoteric and fascinating forms as the timely neologism, the Goldwynism, the backward multiple charade, the Tom Swiftie, and the Seven Seas. An invaluable reference for teachers, writers, librarians, and language lovers everywhere, The Dictionary of Wordplay is also an endlessly enjoyable read. “Dave [Morice] is a word-wizard who invests the universe of puzzledom with a Newtonian elegance and dazzle.”—Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English

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ISBN 0-915-924-97-8 (Print Edition)
ISBN 978-0-915924-75-2 (Kindle Edition)
ISBN 978-0-915924-76-9 (ePub Edition)

 

Educating the Imagination Volume 1: Essays and Ideas for Teachers and Writers

 

bk-educating_imagination1Edited by Christopher Edgar & Ron Padgett 304 pp.

Grades: all ages
$14.95 paperback

The essays in Educating the Imagination were selected from the very best articles in Teachers & Writers magazine. Fifty-five creative writers present a multitude of ideas and techniques for writing in the classroom: poetry, fiction, writing across cultures, bookmaking, creative reading, the history of punctuation, and that great, alluring mystery known as the imagination.

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ISBN 0-915924-42-0

 

Educating the Imagination Volume 2: Essays and Ideas for Teachers and Writers

 

bk-ed-th-im-2Edited by Christopher Edgar & Ron Padgett 320 pp.

Grades: all ages
$14.95 paperback

The essays in Educating the Imagination were selected from the very best articles in Teachers & Writers magazine. Fifty-five creative writers present a multitude of ideas and techniques for writing in the classroom: poetry, fiction, writing across cultures, bookmaking, creative reading, the history of punctuation, and that great, alluring mystery known as the imagination.

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ISBN 0-915924-43-9

 

From Medusa to the Sky: Teaching Writing to Children with Special Needs

from-medusa-to-the-sky-front-cover-tiny1Edited by Nicole Callihan and Catherine Barnett
eBook edition

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.

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ISBN: 978-0-915924-72-1 (Kindle Edition)
ISBN: 978-0-915924-29-5 (ePub Edition)

Handbook of Poetic Forms

 

bk-handbook_poetic_formsEdited by Ron Padgett
revised second edition 256 pp.

Grades: all ages
$19.95 paperback

The second edition of this best-selling handbook includes 76 entries on traditional and modern poetic forms, an updated bibliography, and a resource list of current audio and videocassettes. The Handbook succinctly defines the forms, summarizes their histories, quotes good examples (ancient and modern), and offers professional tricks of the trade on how to use each form. “This colorful, graphically pleasing, and entertaining reference work is what can happen when those who actually practice and preach poetry present their knowledge.”—Teaching English in the Two-Year College

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ISBN 0-915924-60-9

 

I Never Told Anybody: Teaching Poetry Writing to Old People

 

bk-i_never_told_anybodyBy Kenneth Koch 259 pp.

Grades: all ages
$16.95 paperback

This classic guide by the trailblazer of poetry teaching offers ideas and techniques that are useful at all age levels. Kenneth Koch has taken his “thoughtful, giving, resourceful, and patient spirit to quite elderly and often infirm men and women… A poignant and dramatic victory.”—New York Times Book Review

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ISBN 0-915924-53-6

 

Illuminations:  Great Writers on Writing

 

 

bk-illuminations-lrgEdited by Christina Davis & Christopher Edgar 120 pp.

Grades: high school, university
$18.95 paperback

Illuminations is a dazzling behind-the-scenes look at the art of writing, with 55 thought-provoking passages by great writers from around the world and throughout history, including Dante, Sei Shonagon, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, Marina Tsvetaeva, Jorge Luis Borges, Edith Wharton, John Keats, Leo Tolstoy, and Virginia Woolf. Each passage is accompanied by a stunning (and seldom seen) image of the author. Inspired by the popular “Illuminations” series in Teachers & Writers magazine, this is a great book to motivate students with; to give to those who share a passion for writing; or to keep close at hand, just for yourself. Includes a complete list of sources.

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ISBN 0-915924-68-4

 

The List Poem: A Guide to Teaching & Writing Catalog Verse

bk-the_list_poemBy Larry Fagin 201 pp.

Grades: all ages
$16.95 paperback

The list poem is one of the simplest ways for beginners to approach the writing of free-verse poetry. Larry Fagin’s seminal guide defines list poetry, traces its lineage from ancient times, offers writing ideas and teaching advice for list poems, and presents more than 200 examples by adults and children. “For anyone who would like to explore a poetic form that is so flexible it can be used by the beginning poet as well as the most sophisticated.”—Wisconsin Bookwatch

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ISBN 0-915924-37-4

Listener in the Snow:  The Practice and Teaching of Poetry

 

 

bk-listener_in_the_snowBy Mark Statman, Preface by Kenneth Koch 175 pp.

Grades: kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school
$15.95 paperback

In Listener in the Snow, Mark Statman presents practical ideas and assignments to help students reach beyond what they’ve already been doing. His method involves what might be called the art of wondering. The assignments encourage students to think creatively about time, family, silence, loss, society, travel, and the nature of dreams. “Statman’s artful and wise essays guide those who choose the path of practicing poetry.”—Vanity Fair.

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ISBN 0-915924-59-5

 

Luna, Luna: Creative Writing Ideas from Spanish, Latin American, and Latino Literature

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Edited by Julio Marzán 248 pp.

Grades: all ages
$17.95 paperback

In these 21 lively essays, teachers and writers tell how they have used Spanish, Latin American, and Latino literature to inspire their students to create their own poems and stories. The literary models are drawn from both Spain and the Americas, and range from such early 20th century masters as Federico García Lorca and Pablo Neruda to contemporary writers like Sandra Cisneros. Among the distinguished contributors are Julia Alvarez, Martin Espada, and Naomi Shihab Nye.

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ISBN 0-915924-52-8

 

Making Theater: Developing Plays with Young People

 

bk-making_theaterBy Herbert Kohl 131 pp.

Grades: elementary school, middle school
$14.95 paperback

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.
“[Kohl] writes with humor, sensitivity, and dedication to the challenge of making a children’s theater that exists for the sake of the children who are part of it.”—Harvard University’s Portfolio

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ISBN 0-915924-17-X

 

Moving Windows: Evaluating the Poetry Children Write

 

bk-moving_windowsBy Jack Collom 179 pp.

Grades: all ages
$14.95 paperback

How do you assess such a personal art as poetry? Basing his discussion on the best poems he has collected from his students over the years, Jack Collom provides a poet’s view of what makes them good. Collom’s approach is friendly, specific, perceptive, and delightful, affording the reader the opportunity to understand the nature of creative evaluation.

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ISBN 0-915924-55-2

 

Old Faithful: 18 Writers Present Their Favorite Writing Assignments

 

bk-old_faithfulEdited by Christopher Edgar & Ron Padgett 160 pp.

Grades: all ages
$16.95 paperback

In this popular book, 18 creative writers describe their single best writing assignment, the one that never fails to inspire their students to tell and dramatize stories; to write autobiographical pieces, fiction, poetry, and plays; or to become interested in wordplay and oral history. The essays fully describe strategies for adaption with students of all ages and abilities. The variety of approaches is unified by the respectful, engaged, and sympathetic attitude of the contributors—and by the enthusiastic response of their students. “Highly recommended.”—Kliatt

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ISBN 0-915924-45-5

 

Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, Social Justice in Classroom & Community

sm-our-difficult-sunlight-coverby Georgia A. Popoff and Quraysh Ali Lansana

Grades: all ages
$19.95 paperback

Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, & Social Justice in Classroom & Community was nominated for the 2012 NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional.

The book includes best practices, exercises, and anecdotes rooted in the authors’ diverse experiences as a Chicago-based, African American poet/professor and a Caucasian poet/educator from upstate New York.Our Difficult Sunlight offers insights into how poetry can break down barriers to learning, aid exploration of critical issues, and foster connections among students and teachers from very different backgrounds.

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Personal Fiction Writing: A Guide to Writing from Real Life for Teachers, Students, & Writers

 

 

bk-person_fiction_writingBy Meredith Sue Willis revised second edition 248 pp.

Grades: all ages
$18.95 paperback

Personal Fiction Writing treats the writing of fiction as a natural process that anyone can do with pleasure. The book includes more than 400 writing assignments based on such essential topics as: describing place, people, and action; writing dialogues and monologues; and developing structure. Each chapter has numerous examples by student and adult writers. For this edition, Willis has added a new chapter, “Shaping Longer Works.” “A terrific resource for the classroom teacher as well as the novice writer.”—Harvard Educational Review

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ISBN 0-915924-62-5

 

Playmaking: Children Writing and Performing Their Own Plays

bk-playmakingBy Daniel Judah Sklar 184 pp.

Grades: kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school

$16.95 paperback

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

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ISBN 0-915924-35-8
ISBN 978-0-915924-80-6 (Kindle edition)
ISBN 978-0-915924-81-3 (ePub edition)

Poetry Comics: An Animated Anthology

bk-poetry-comicsBy Dave Morice 117 pp.

Grades: all ages
$17.95 paperback

Dave Morice’s Poetry Comics offers literary mavens and students alike a look at the canon in a new and hilarious light. This anthology brings together such classics as Shakespeare’s sonnets, Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” and Emily Dickinson’s “Poem 303” with renditions of such modern masterpieces as John Ashbery’s “Some Trees,” T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” and Marianne Moore’s “Poetry.”

In addition to Morice’s kaleidoscope of cartoons, the book features a brief history of poetry comics as well as a step-by-step guide to making poetry comics at home or in the classroom.
“Tweaks the nose of poetry.”—Village Voice
“Will surely irk the hell out of professors and self-serious grad students everywhere.”—Boston Globe

ISBN: 978-0-915924-73-8 (Kindle edition) 
ISBN: 978-0915924875 (Print edition)

Poetry Everywhere: Teaching Poetry Writing in School and in the Community

bk-poetry_everywhereBy Jack Collom & Sheryl Noethe revised second edition 329 pp.

Grades: all ages
$19.95 paperback

The dazzling new edition of this “tremendously valuable resource” (Kliatt) contains 65 writing exercises and more than 400 example poems. It also discusses how to integrate poetry writing into the English class and essential topics such as sound and rhythm, traditional poetic forms, inventing and adapting exercises, revision, and publishing. “The lessons are presented with clarity, common sense, and sophisticated artistic sensibilities.”—Missoula IndependentPoetry Everywhere will ease any trepidation [about writing poetry].”—English Journal

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ISBN 0-915924-69-2

Secret Writing: Keys to the Mysteries of Reading and Writing

bk-secret_writingBy Peter Sears 180 pp.

Grades: high school, university
$14.95 paperback

Secret Writing is a fascinating study of the nature of codes. Beginning with the word game Hangman, and proceeding to discuss Egyptian hieroglyphs, prehistoric cave paintings, military codes, the surprising sense of nonsense, and difficult literature as a code to crack, Secret Writing brims with excitement. Peter Sears also provides 200 thinking and writing exercises.

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ISBN 0-915924-86-2

Sing the Sun Up: Creative Writing Ideas from African American Literature

bk-sing_the_sun_upEdited by Lorenzo Thomas 200 pp.

Grades: all ages
$16.95 paperback

In Sing the Sun Up, 20 writers present new and exciting ways to motivate students to write imaginatively, inspired by African American poetry, prose, and drama. Teachers of English literature, creative writing, and Black studies will find this book to be an invaluable source for writing ideas and lessons. Among the authors discussed are James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Countee Cullen, Rita Dove, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jean Toomer.
“An excellent resource…well written, instructive, and enjoyable, every essay is a gem in itself.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

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ISBN 0-915924-54-4

A Slow Flash of Light: An Anthology of Poems about Poetry

slow-flash-coverCompiled by Jack Collom

eBook edition

You might think that an anthology of poems about poetry could not be fascinating—until you read this one. A Slow Flash of Light was assembled by poet-teacher Jack Collom, who over a 25-year period gave his students surprising and inspiring ways to write poems about poetry. Collom’s students came from various socio-economic backgrounds, ranged in age from first grade through twelfth, and lived in big cities such as New York and in rural towns such as Salmon, Idaho.  But amidst all these differences, the wonderful thing is that  great many of these young writers had one thing in common: personal and illuminating visions of poetry, visions that are fresh and sometimes dazzlingly original. From the third grader who described poetry as “a dangerous associated system that I love” to the fourth grader’s “Poetry is like the alphabet all talking at once” to the sixth grader’s “Poetry is all-colored and turned-around and overlapping” to the high schooler’s “You write with / a pencil tip bending lines / into your thoughts,” the 200 poems in this anthology offer a source of pleasure and inspiration to anyone who likes poetry, and an entertaining invitation to those who don’t—yet.

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ISBN 978-0-915924-30-1 (Kindle edition)
ISBN 978-0-915924-78-3 (ePub edition)

The Story in History: Writing Your Way into the American Experience

bk-story_in_historyBy Margot Fortunato Galt 263 pp.

Grades: middle school, high school, university, all ages
$19.95 paperback

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

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ISBN 0-915924-39-0

Structure & Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns

bk-structureBy Michael Theune 243 pp.

Grades: high school, university
$19.95 paperback

Structure & Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns offers a road map for analyzing poetry through examination of poems’ structures, rather than their forms or genres. Michael Theune’s breakthrough concept encourages students, teachers, and writers to use structure as a tool to see the fundamental affinities between strikingly different kinds of poetry and radically different literary eras. Visit Michael Theune’s website at http://structureandsurprise.wordpress.com “A smart collection of takes on poetry’s most essential maneuvers.” —Billy Collins

“Michael Theune has come up with an ingenious way of thinking about poetry.” —Ed Hirsch

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ISBN 978-0-915924-27-1

Sweet Illusions: A Young Adult Novel

bk-sweet_illusionsBy Walter Dean Myers 146 pp.

Grades: elementary school, middle school, high school
$9.95 paperback

Sweet Illusions is unusual. It can be used in two different ways. Students can read it as they read any narrative, or they can help to create the story. Walter Dean Myers, the well-known author of many young adult novels, presents a story of young people facing the problem of teenage pregnancy. As an additional twist, the reader is given a writing idea for extending each chapter.

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The T&W Guide to Classic American Literature

bk-classic-american-litEdited by Christopher Edgar and Gary Lenhart, 293 pp.

Grades: all ages
$19.95 paperback

In “The American Scholar,” Ralph Waldo Emerson called for a literature emerging from the particularities of the new nation, and a host of great 19th- and 20th-century American poets, fiction writers, and playwrights responded to his call. The T&W Guide to Classic American Literature, published in association with The Library of America, provides teachers of writing at all levels with a rich and diverse range of approaches and insights into American literature: from introducing third-graders to Gertrude Stein, to teaching Emily Dickinson to prisoners, to using the paradigm of Henry David Thoreau’s diaries in the college classroom. This is an inspiring collection for anyone who teaches American literature or imaginative writing—or who is passionate about either.

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The T&W Guide to Frederick Douglass

Edited by Wesley Brown, 12bk-fred_douglass_guide8 pp.

Grades: all ages
$15.95 paperback

This T&W Guide provides ways for students to experience Frederick Douglass’ Narrative as an aesthetic achievement as well as a socio-historical document. This book emphasizes writing as a means for students to learn about Douglass, his times, and his legacy, as well as about themselves. Contributors include poets, writers, and teachers from across the country: Lorenzo Thomas, Margot Fortunato Galt, Ron Padgett, and Marv Hoffman. “An impressive collection, well-written…very usable…particularly inspiring.”—Contemporary Education.

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ISBN 0-915924-46-3

 

The T&W Guide to Walt Whitman

bk_whitman_guideEdited by Ron Padgett 224 pp.

Grades: all ages
$16.95 paperback

Fifteen poets have created this first and only guide to teaching Walt Whitman from kindergarten to the college level. The book features fresh ways to read Whitman and to write poetry and prose inspired by his model. Also included are 3 pieces on education by Whitman and a discussion of Whitman as teacher. Among the contributors are Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Kenneth Koch, and Langston Hughes. “A lively, fun, illuminating book!”—Ed Folsom, The Walt Whitman Quarterly

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ISBN 0-915924-36-6

 

The T&W Guide to William Carlos Williams

 

bk-william_carlos_williamsEdited by Gary Lenhart 200 pp.

Grades: all ages
$15.95 paperback

This T&W guide brings together 17 innovative essays on using the work of William Carlos Williams to inspire writing by students and adults. The book covers a wide range of Williams’s oeuvre—from such classics as “The Red Wheelbarrow” to his epic poem “Paterson,” as well as his short fiction and novels. The guide also includes a comprehensive essay about Williams audiocassettes and videotapes, and an annotated bibliography. Contributors include Julia Alvarez, Allen Ginsberg, and Kenneth Koch. “This book is wonderful—such a thorough and fine job.”—Robert Coles, Harvard University

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ISBN 0-915924-57-9

 

Teaching & Writing Popular Fiction: Horror, Adventure, Mystery, & Romance in the Classroom

bk-tw_popular_fictionBy Karen Hubert 236 pp.

Grades: kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school
$15.95 paperback

Popular fiction can play an instrumental role in the classroom. This fascinating guide provides ways to help K-12 students write using the popular literature they know and love. “A remarkable book…consistently intelligent, truly interesting…. Even a beginning teacher will be able to use the genre approach with this book.”—Language Arts

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ISBN 0-915924-04-8

 

Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art

 

bk-third_mindEdited by Tonya Foster & Kristin Prevallet 240 pp.

Grades: all ages
$19.95 paperback
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.

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ISBN 0-915924-94-3

 

Tolstoy as Teacher: Leo Tolstoy’s Writings on Education

 

bk-tolstoyEdited with an Introduction by Bob Blaisdell
Translated by Christopher Edgar
265 pp.

Grades: all ages
$18.95 paperback

Before he wrote War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy founded his own school on his estate at Yasnaya Polyana. Brimming with progressive and sometimes radical ideas on schooling, Tolstoy undertook to teach the peasant children many subjects—including imaginative writing—and published a number of essays about what he learned. This is a book for anyone who cares about education, children, the imagination, and Tolstoy.
“Teachers of writing at all levels will enjoy this reading experience and all teachers should be renewed by the message.”—Language, Literacy, and Literature

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ISBN 0-915924-96-X

 

What is Poetry: Conversations with the American Avant-Garde

bk-what-is-poetryBy Daniel Kane 185 pp.

Grades: high school, university
$18.95 paperback

Over a four-year period, Daniel Kane interviewed many of America’s most interesting and daring contemporary poets about their work. What Is Poetry features twelve of the liveliest of these dialogues, accompanied by an in-depth introduction to the American “avant-garde tradition,” a series of personable biographies, and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

The poets interviewed are Rae Armantrout, John Ashbery, Robert Creeley, Fanny Howe, Lisa Jarnot, Kenneth Koch, Ann Lauterbach, Bernadette Mayer, Harryette Mullen, Michael Palmer, Lewis Warsh, and Marjorie Welish. “The poets…open up about their individual approaches to poetry and about teaching creative writing in a way that many aspiring poets, writing instructors, and even lay readers will find revealing and inspiring.” —Library Journal “If you are a reader of any kind of poetry, you should get this book.” –Teacher, Rhinebeck, NY

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ISBN 0-915924-64-1

When Stories Come to School: Telling, Writing, & Performing Stories in the Early Childhood Classroom

bk-when_stories_schoolBy Patsy Cooper, 144pp.

Grades: nursery school, kindergarten, elementary school
$15.95 paperback

Patsy Cooper offers preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, daycare workers, and parents a wonderful and natural way to help young children begin to read and write: placing stories at the very core of the early childhood curriculum. The book includes an in-depth discussion of the crucial pedagogical and developmental roles that stories can play in early childhood, as well as a practical guide to having children tell their own stories and perform them with their classmates. Cooper discusses the uses and misuses of Whole Language, Invented Spelling, and the Writing Process. “Will inspire as well as inform.”—Dimensions of Early Childhood.

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ISBN 0-915924-77-3

The Writing Workshop Vol 1: How to Teach Creative Writing

bk-writing_workshop1By Alan Ziegler 175 pp.

Grades: all ages
$14.95 paperback

In The Writing Workshop, Alan Ziegler offers teachers and aspiring writers strategies for developing constructive workshop environments. Volume 1 discusses the writing process and the teacher’s relationship with student writers. “No other book on writing combines theory and practice so well. Useful, even indispensable, at every grade level, for teaching writing.”—Herbert Kohl

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ISBN 0-915924-11-0

The Writing Workshop Vol 2: How to Teach Creative Writing

 

bk-writing-workshop-2By Alan Ziegler 274 pp.

Grades: all ages
$14.95 paperback

In The Writing Workshop, Alan Ziegler offers teachers and aspiring writers strategies for developing constructive workshop environments. Volume 2 offers a compendium of writing assignments, with advice on presentation and variations. “No other book on writing combines theory and practice so well. Useful, even indispensable, at every grade level, for teaching writing.”—Herbert Kohl

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ISBN 0-915924-07-2