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The Ten Journals of NCTE

journalcoversAs a teacher, I often spend the summer getting caught up on things I set aside during the school year. When I am busy teaching, I might skim my professional journals but not read them deeply. But in summer, I enjoy spending time immersing myself in professional publications.

Did you know that NCTE publishes ten peer-reviewed journals? They offer the latest in research, classroom strategies, and fresh ideas for educators at all levels.

  1. College Composition and Communication
  2. College English
  3. English Education
  4. English Journal
  5. English Leadership Quarterly
  6. Language Arts
  7. Research in the Teaching of English
  8. Talking Points
  9. Teaching English in the Two-Year College
  10. Voices from the Middle

Journals are available in print and online, along with an extensive archive of past issues. To access back issues, click on the “Individual Issues” link in the left menu of each journal. Make sure to dig into the additional online content that many of these journals have to offer!

Interested in submitting to a journal? Check out these calls.

What are you reading professionally this summer?

Top Ten Strategy Guides from ReadWriteThink.org in 2015

tenStrategy Guides are some of the newest content we offer on ReadWriteThink.org. These guides define and provide examples of effective literacy teaching and learning and offer a wealth of related resources to help sharpen your instruction. There are strategy guides on themes such as Developing Academic Vocabulary, Differentiating Instruction, Reading in the Content Areas, and many more. The following ten were the most-accessed Strategy Guides in 2015.

  1. Persuasive Writing (Grades K – 5)
  2. Implementing the Writing Process (Grades K – 5)
  3. Making Connections (Grades 3 – 8)
  4. Using the RAFT Writing Strategy (Grades 5 – 12)
  5. Socratic Seminars (Grades 6 – 12)
  6. Close Reading of Literary Texts (Grades 6 – 12)
  7. Developing Persuasive Writing Strategies (Grades 6 – 12)
  8. Using the Think-Pair-Share Technique (Grades K – 12)
  9. Peer Review (Grades K – 5)
  10. Teacher Read-Aloud That Models Reading for Deep Understanding (Grades K – 12)

Visit the Strategy Guide section of the ReadWriteThink site for many more options.

As always, if you have feedback or questions about ReadWriteThink, all you have to do is contact us.

The Top Ten Professional Learning Opportunities from NCTE in 2015

toptenWhat are some of the benefits of Online Professional Learning? You can recharge your teaching, learn new techniques and strategies, and connect with other literacy professionals—all without leaving school or home. The following are the Top 10 Professional Learning Offerings from NCTE in 2015:

  1. Facilitated Online Course: Using Evidence to Inform Teaching & Learning
  2. Web seminar: Writing in Every Content Area
  3. Web seminar: Building Academic Language to Deepen Comprehension and Learning
  4. Web seminar: Close Reading: The Assessment-Instruction Connection
  5. Investigation: Using Evidence to Inform Practice: Feedback and Feed Forward
  6. Web seminar: Argumentation in Writing, Grades 9-12
  7. Web seminar: Connecting Assessment Data to Everyday Instructional Planning
  8. Web seminar: Using Grading and Assessment to Maximize the Online Writing Course Experience–Without Burning Out
  9. Web seminar: Online Writing Course Focuses on Writing, and Isn’t That What We’ve Been Aiming for?
  10. Web seminar: Supporting Adolescent Readers through Classroom-based Assessment

Interested in purchasing some of these or some of our other titles? As a special treat, use code “Holidays15” in the NCTE Online Store to save 20% on all NCTE books, On Demand Web Seminars, Investigations and NCTE-branded gift items!

Top Ten Lesson Plans Visited on ReadWriteThink.org in 2015

?????????????????????????2015 is quickly coming to an end – and so is this semester. It’s time to rest, relax and recharge. It’s also a great time to get ahead on planning.  If you happen to be thinking about what to do in your classroom in the weeks ahead, you may want to look through the Top 10 lessons plans teachers used from ReadWriteThink.org this year:

  1. Can You Convince Me? Developing Persuasive Writing (Grades   3 – 5)
  2. Artistic Elements: Exploring Art Through Descriptive Writing (Grades   3 – 5) 
  3. Book Report Alternative: Writing Resumes for Characters in Historical Fiction (Grades   3 – 5)
  4. Figurative Language: Teaching Idioms (Grades   3 – 5)
  5. Teaching Plot Structure through Short Stories (Grades   9 – 10)
  6. Teaching Point of View With Two Bad Ants (Grades   3 – 5)
  7. Reading Informational Texts Using the 3-2-1 Strategy (Grades   K – 2)
  8. Inferring How and Why Characters Change (Grades   3 – 5)
  9. Questioning: A Comprehension Strategy for Small-Group Guided Reading (Grades   3 – 5)
  10. Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Words through Diamante Poetry (Grades   9 – 12)

Don’t see something that fits your classroom or grade level? These are just ten of the hundreds of lessons on the ReadWriteThink site. Visit the lesson plan section for many more options.

As always, if you have feedback or questions about ReadWriteThink, all you have to do is contact us.

What lesson plan would you like to see in the Top 10?

Top Ten Books Purchased in 2015 from NCTE

This time of year, there always seem to be “best of” and “top 10” lists. We thought we would play along! Here are the Top 10 selling titles from NCTE in 2015.

  1. Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom, Katie Wood Ray
  2. The Writing Workshop: Working through the Hard Parts (and They’re All Hard Parts), Katie Wood Ray with Lester Laminack
  3. Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World, Kristen Hawley Turner and Troy Hicks
  4. Digital Reading: What’s Essential in Grades 3-8, William L. Bass II and Franki Sibberson
  5. Cross-Talk in Comp Theory: A Reader, 3rd edition, edited by Victor Villanueva and Kristin L. Arola
  6. Real-World Literacies: Disciplinary Teaching in the High School Classroom, Heather Lattimer
  7. English Studies: An Introduction to the Discipline(s), edited by Bruce McComiskey
  8. Teaching Phonics in Context, David Hornsby and Lorraine Wilson
  9. On Multimodality: New Media in Composition Studies, Jonathan Alexander and Jacqueline Rhodes
  10. What Works in Writing Instruction: Research and Practices, Deborah Dean

There are some newer titles on this list, as well as some favorites. Were there any surprises for you on this list?

Interested in purchasing some of these or some of our other titles? As a special treat, use code “Holidays15” in the NCTE Online Store to save 20% on all NCTE books, On Demand Web Seminars, Investigations and NCTE-branded gift items!