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From the Current Issue:
The Best Writing Teachers Are Writers Themselves
NCTE member Cindy O'Donnell-Allen writes in reaction to Peg Tyre's article on writing and mentions NCTE members Bud Hunt and Antero Garcia. She notes, "A closer look reveals that the most important investment Deirdre DeAngelis, the school's principal, made was not in a new curriculum [for the New Dorp school], but in teachers. The Atlantic, September 26, 2012
Get set for National Novel Writing Month and take to Twitter on October 19 to celebrate the annual National Day on Writing by sharing your own writing; see "Encourage Authentic Writing with #WhatIWrite and #NaNoWriMo," The Learning Network blog, The New York Times, October 4, 2012.
Should We Teach the Five-Paragraph Essay?
Teacher in a Strange Land blog, Education Week Teacher, October 1, 2012
Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing
Check out the discussion on teaching writing in the NCTE Connected Community.
4 Ways High School Makes You Hate Reading
Cracked.com, October 2, 2012
"Rescuing Reluctant Readers," English Journal, May 1999
Native American Author Sherman Alexie
Alexie talks about his new story collection, Blasphemy. Morning Edition, NPR, October 8, 2012
Sherman Alexie (featured in Sherman Alexie in the Classroom) is the Secondary Section Luncheon Speaker at the NCTE Annual Convention; even those without luncheon tickets can hear him if they come 45 minutes after the luncheon begins.
Banned Books Week: Top 10 Most Challenged Titles of the Year (INFOGRAPHIC)
The Huffington Post, September 30, 2012
If you're experiencing a challenge, contact NCTE's Anti-Censorship Center for help.
What to Do If Your School Bans Useful Websites
Mind/Shift blog, KQED.org, October 3, 2012
Building a Culture that Supports Teachers in a Student-Centered Environment
Alliance for Excellent Education, September 27, 2012
Get Books into the Hands of Students in Clark County -- Site of the NCTE Annual Convention
Through NCTE's partnership with First Book, you can make it possible for thousands of students in Clark County, Nevada, to have their own books. With just a $10 tax-deductible donation, you can put four new books in the hands of these students. Help knock down one of the greatest barriers to literacy development in the US -- click here to make a donation today.
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