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Talking Points is published twice a year by WLU and helps promote literacy research and the use of whole language instruction in classrooms. It provides a forum for parents, classroom teachers, and researchers to reflect about literacy and learning.




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


In this ReadWriteThink strategy guide "Tracking and Supporting Student Learning with Kidwatching" you’ll learn how to use kidwatching to track and support student learning. Teachers observe and take notes on students’ understanding of skills and concepts and then use the observations to determine effective strategies for future instruction.



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. 
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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.  
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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. 
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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.

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 past chair of NCTE’s Assembly on Computers in English (ACE) and past chair of the NCTE Middle Level Section.  



Story Workshop Web Seminar

View the recording of "Story Workshop: The Power of Playful Literacy" presented by Susan MacKay, director of the Museum Center for Learning, Portland Children's Museum. In this one-hour Web seminar, Susan discusses the pillars of Story Workshop illustrated by student and teacher work documenting the process using a PowerPoint presentation and video.

Before viewing the recording, make sure to check your computer by following all three steps.


The Common Core Standards: Issues and Challenges Web Seminar

View the recording of the web seminar presentation by Bess Altwerger, Joanne Yatvin, and Sarah Bentley. Read the PowerPoint presentation of this web seminar.

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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.



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