Anderson, J. (2011). Ten Things Every Writer Needs to Know. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.


In 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, Jeff Anderson focuses on developing the concepts and application of ten essential aspects of good writing—motion, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter. Throughout the book, Anderson provides mentor texts, mini-lessons, models, writing process strategies, and classroom tips.

Anderson, J. (2005). Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer’s Workshop. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.


Comprising an overview of the research-based context for grammar instruction, a series of over thirty detailed lessons, and an appendix of helpful forms and instructional tools, Mechanically Inclined is a boon to teachers regardless of their level of grammar-phobia. It shifts the negative, rule-plagued emphasis of much grammar instruction into one which celebrates the power and beauty these tools have in shaping all forms of writing.

Bean, John. (2011). Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom.


Learn to design interest-provoking writing and critical thinking activities and incorporate them into your courses in a way that encourages inquiry, exploration, discussion, and debate, with Engaging Ideas, a practical nuts-and-bolts guide for teachers from any discipline. Integrating critical thinking with writing-across-the-curriculum approaches, the book shows how teachers from any discipline can incorporate these activities into their courses.

Bernabei, G. (2013). Fun-size Academic Writing for Serious Learning : 101 Lessons & Mentor Texts, Narrative, Opinion/Argument, & Informative/Explanatory, Grades 4-9. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Literacy.


This book pairs 101 student essays with one page lessons. Topics include: choose a structure across genres, extract thesis statement and main point, support points with details, use rhetorical devices and grammatical constructions, and write from the point of view of a fictional character.

Baines, L., & Kunkel, A. J. (2010). Going Bohemian: How to Teach Writing Like You Mean It. International Reading Association.


Go Bohemian! And instill in your students high literacy standards, an artistic sensibility, and an unshakable belief in the power of words-leading them, ultimately, to increased success. Bohemian writing lessons rely on unconventional strategies, art and multimedia, competitive games, and indirect approaches to teach some of the difficult lessons of writing.

Burke, Jim. (2002). Tools for Thought. Portsmouth: Heinemann.


This book is filled with dozens of graphic organizers and a hundred ways to use them! Jim Burke provides tools to spark student thinking that are both intriguing and precise-and applicable to grades 6 to 12 in all subject areas.

Elbow, Peter. (2000). Everyone Can Write. New York: Oxford University Press.


This book is a compilation of Peter Elbow’s work providing sections on voice, the experience of writing, teaching, and evaluation.

Fu, Danling. (2009). Writing Between Languages: How English Language Learners Make the Transition to Fluency. Portsmouth, NH: Heineman.


The basis of this book is built off of Fu’s beliefs that by beginning with the literacy knowledge students bring from their native language and putting writing at the center of the curriculum, we can help them make a smoother transition to English while we support their academic literacy.

Lehman, C. & Roberts, K. (2013.) Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts–and Life. Portsmouth, NH: Heineman.


In their book, Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts show us that it can be rigorous, meaningful, and joyous. You’ll empower students to not only analyze texts but to admire the craft of a beloved book, study favorite songs and video games, and challenge peers in evidence-based discussions.

National Writing Project, & Nagin, C. (2006). Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in our Schools. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass.