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Try one of these ReadWriteThink lesson plans from NCTE/WLU members today!



From Stop Signs to the Golden Arches: Environmental Print
Devon Hamner, Grand Island, Nebraska

With thirty years of teaching experience, Devon’s area of expertise is primary education, especially language arts instruction. She is a member of NCTE and the Whole Language Umbrella (WLU), the Central Nebraska Reading Association, the Nebraska Reading Association, and is an active participant on the TAWL (Teachers Applying Whole Language) listserv. 
More lessons from Devon.


Exchanging Ideas by Sharing Journals: Interactive Response in the Classroom
Renee Goularte, Magalia, California
Renee holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, is a member of NCTE and the Whole Language Umbrella (WLU), and participates in the TAWL (Teachers Applying Whole Language) listserv.  
More lessons from Renee.

Bridging Literature and Mathematics by Visualizing Mathematical Concepts
David Whitin, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
David is Professor of Elementary Education at Wayne State University and has also taught at the University of South Carolina and Queens College in New York City. Prior to his university teaching, he was an elementary school teacher and principal. David has collaborated with Phyllis Whitin for many years on their joint interests in inquiry learning and the connections between language and mathematics. Both are members in the NCTE Consulting Network.  
More lessons from David.


Exploring Consumerism Where Ads and Art Intersect
Peggy Albers, Atlanta, Georgia

Peggy taught middle and high school English, drama and speech for 15 years before becoming an associate professor of English and Literacy Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She is a well-known writer, past editor of Talking Points, and presenter and researcher in literacy and English education. She is a member of NCTE and the Whole Language Umbrella (WLU) as well as a member of the NCTE Consulting Network.

Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology
Nancy Patterson, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nancy is assistant professor of Literacy Studies in the School of Education at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and also serves as Literacy Studies Program Coordinator. Nancy taught middle school and high school English for almost 30 years in a rural district in mid-Michigan. She is chair of NCTE’s Assembly on Computers in English (ACE) and incoming chair of the NCTE Middle Level Section




NCTE Consultants are eager to work with your school or district to create a learning experience that can make a difference and is sustained.  Learn how whole language consultants Peggy Albers, Kathryn Mitchell Pierce, Diane Stephens, and Katie Van Sluys can engage your teachers and administrators in a variety of formats and durations.

Learn more about other consultants and topics through the NCTE Consulting Newtork today!



Additional Whole Language Books available from NCTE.


Teaching Phonics in ContextTeaching Phonics in Context
This book debunks the myth that whole language teachers do not teach phonics. Through myriad classroom vignettes, experienced educators David Hornsby and Lorraine Wilson show just how phonics is taught and learned in literacy-rich classrooms.

Also, check out the On Demand Web seminar on Reading and Writing in the Elementary Classroom:  Teaching Phonics in Context.


Becoming Writers in the Elementary ClassroomBecoming Writers in the Elementary Classroom
WLU Past President and author, Katie Van Sluys, demonstrates how to (re)claim our professional practice to ensure that young people have the opportunity to become competent, constantly growing writers who use writing to think, communicate, and pose as well as solve problems.


Looking Closely and Listening CarefullyLooking Closely and Listening Carefuly: Learning Literacy through Inquiry
Teacher researcher Tim O’Keefe teams up with university partners Heidi Mills and Louise B. Jennings to bring to life insights and strategies from Tim’s class at the Center for Inquiry, a small elementary magnet program in Columbia, South Carolina.



Valuing Language StudyValuing Language Study: Inquiry into Language for Elementary and Middle Schools
Author Yetta M. Goodman offers teachers a rich language studies curriculum they can adapt to the needs of their elementary and middle school students.



Common Core Standards

Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards“No one knows as much about your students as you do . . . Your knowledge about your students guides the instructional choices you make, and it shapes your response to any mandate, including the Common Core State Standards.” 
Anne Gere, Core Standards Series Editor

Students in a Time of Core Standards: Grades K-2Grades 3-5, or Grades 6-8 

These books reinforce a focus on student learning by demonstrating ways of addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) while also adhering to NCTE principles of effective teaching.  

Virtual Conference RecordingsVirtual Conference recordings also available for Grades K-2Grades 3-5, or Grade 6-8






Take an inside look at whole language classrooms as the Teachers Applying Whole Language (TAWL) listserv generates conversations about implementing Whole Language in the classroom. 


Six Phonics Myths Dispelled  Maryann Manning discusses misconceptions about phonics instruction which appear over and over again in the popular press. 

NCTE Web Seminars are virtual events are a convenient and meaningful form of professional development.  On Demand Web seminars provide the recorded version of the virtual event and include all audio, video, chat discussion, and actions within the presentation. 

The NCTE National Gallery of Writing has more than 24,000 compositions in nearly 2,300 galleries.  Enjoy reading the submissions from around the world and if you haven't already done so, be sure to add your piece(s) to the Gallery today!




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