Additional Teacher Resources
Every teacher uses different tools and methodologies for added effectiveness in his or her classroom, whether it be readings from different books, enlisting the help of a website, or even utilizing popular songs. Click below to explore some of the resources teachers in Writers Matter classrooms use to creatively connect with their students through multiple media.
The center for teaching and Learning provides an excellent resource of books for a range of grade levels to help teacher select quality mentor text that can be used in their writing classrooms.
This website provides Middle School Writing activities to help show your child the fun side of learning! There is a range from easy middle school writing activities to more advanced.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.
This site is a great resourced for research based ideas, theory, pedagogy and assessments developed by the educators at Teacher College.
Lessons That Change Writers by Nancie Atwell
Naming the World: A Year of Poems and Lessons by Nancie Atwell
In the Middle by Nancie Atwell
The Reading Zone by Nancie Atwell
The Art of Teaching Writing by Lucy Calkins
Writing Workshop by Ralph Fletcher and Joann Portalupi
Craft Lessons and Nonfiction Craft Lessons by Joann Portalupi and Ralph Fletcher
The Writer’s Notebook, How Writers Work, Poetry Matters, and Live Writing by Ralph Fletcher (these are books written for students (at about a 4th-6th grade level)).
Lessons for the Writer’s Notebook and Teaching the Qualities of Writing by Ralph Fletcher and Joann Portalupi
The Power of Grammar by Mary Ehrenworth and Vicki Vinton
The Revision Toolbox by Georgia Heard
Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School by Georgia Heard
How to Write Your Life Story by Ralph Fletcher
The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research by Stephen D. Krashen
Schools that Work: Where All Students Read and Write by Richard L. Allington and Patricia M. Cunningham
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Literacy In Process: The Heinemann Reader edited by Brenda Miller Power and Ruth Shagoury Hubbard
“So Much to Say” by the Dave Matthews Band
“Around My Way” by Talib Kweli
“Water” by The Roots
“Singing Man” by The Roots
“Swim” by Jack’s Mannequin
“And he gets the Girl” by Lupe Fiasco
“Drive” by Incubus
“Change Your Mind” by Sister Hazel
“Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Beatles
“Scars and Stitches” by Guster
“Joining You” by Alanis Morissette
“Sing Along” by The Blue Man Group featuring Dave Matthews
“Just Wait” by Blues Traveler
“I am Not My Hair” by India.Arie featuring Akon
“In the Garage” by Weezer
“Father of Mine” by Everclear
“Ants Marching” by Dave Matthews Band
“Go the Distance” by Roger Bart
“Stick to the Status Quo”–High School Musical
“Grey Street” by the Dave Matthews Band
The mission of the Freedom Writers Foundation is to change the educational system one classroom at a time by providing educators with transformative tools to engage, enlighten, and empower at-risk students to reach their full potential.
Mighty Writers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to teach Philadelphia kids (ages 7 to 17) to think and write with clarity, so self-esteem grows and success is achieved at school, at work, and in life. It offers a daily after-school academy, plus long- and short-term writing classes at night and on the weekends. It also has a Mighty Teen Scholars program, intensive SAT Prep courses, and college essay writing classes.
The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. Writing in its many forms is the signature means of communication in the 21st century. The NWP envisions a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world.
The Philly Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a safe space for Philadelphia teens to discover the power of their voices through spoken word and literary expression. PYPM was founded in 2006 at a time when there were no local poetry events dedicated to youth poets who wanted to write and perform. PYPM offers literary arts education programming for youth ages 13–19 that promotes creative expression, critical literacy, life skills, and civic engagement. The PYPM staff believe that when youth take ownership of their voices, they take ownership over themselves. Through free weekly workshops, monthly slams, national/local performance opportunities, mentoring and community service, PYPM provides a space where youth use their voices to bring about both personal and social transformation.