This page is always growing. Although we have grouped them into these two broad categories, essential to the research we use must be a socio-cultural stance overall which for us means: the development of student agency, collaboration, and self-efficacy. In our experience, these are at the heart of developing literacy (both the ability to read and the love for reading), and student empowerment, and which are deeply entwined with a culturally-responsive classroom that centralizes student voices and identities and starts from a place of building on their strengths.
Reading & Discussion
The Quick Write Handbook: 100 Mentor Texts to Jumpstart Your Students’ Thinking and Writing by Linda Rief – short, useful texts, including texts written by students, with approaches for teaching them.
Writing with Mentors: How to Reach Every Writer in the Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts by Rebekah O’Dell and Allison Marchetti – a very helpful text which goes very deeply in how to teach this way. I also recommend their text Beyond Literary Analysis for how it moves teachers toward a more expansive view of this type of writing.
The Write Thing: Kwame Alexander Engages Students in Writing Workshop (And You Can Too!) A Must-Have Resource for Teaching Writing Workshop in Grades K-12 – this really challenged me to take a fresh look at poetry as a source of instruction.
This is one of many texts that has helped us frame our argument against boxed-in writing instruction for emergent bilinguals.
Reading & Writing Curriculum Design
- 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle
we were shocked to see how much this reflected the approach we had in our design of our Reading & Discourse class, so we used to help us devise a tandem Writers class.