Maya Angelou: Poems
. New York: Bantam Books, 1986.
A complete collection of all of Angelou’s poems for students to become familiar with. These poems can be used for inspiration and modeling, and to help students unlock their feelings.
Becoming a Writer
. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1961.
This book gives specific advice and exercises to help writers develop their talents and overcome writer’s block.
. New York: Vintage Books, 1984.
An excellent book of short stories for students to use as inspiration by a teacher of creative writing on the faculty of Syracuse University.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
. New York: Harper and Row, 1974.
This is a journal of Dillard’s explorations over one year in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia. A good model for students to try to imitate—her power of precise observations, vivid descriptions, memorable associations, and references to authors and readings.
Eve Names the Animals
. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1985.
An inspiring poetry book. The 1984 Morse Poetry Prize winner provides inspiration for students to write their own poetry.
Writing With Power: Techniques
Mastering the Writing Process
. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.
Writing Without Teachers
. London: Oxford University Press, 1973.
Two valuable research and activity books which emphasize writing principles and essential exercises to achieve powerful writing.
The Composing Process of Twelfth Graders
. Urbana, Ill.: NCTE, 1971.
A study of the composing process of a selected group of twelfth grade writers, using a case study method to gain information through student’s autobiographies of what occurs during their writing experiences. Emig challenges teachers to teach composition more creatively and to emphasize more reflexive writing, such as journals and personal stories.
Problem Solving Strategies for Writing
. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985.
This book explains many guidelines and principles that underlie good writing and offers effective strategies for solving writing problems.
Graham, Louise Hill, and Miriam Kleiner Young.
Power. New York: Globe Book, 1980.
Some sure-fire, practical applications of the brainstorming technique are offered in this book.
*Horton, Susan R.
Thinking Through Writing
. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982.
This book is a “watch yourself think” guide. It is designed to help writing students arrange ideas so that they can discover how writing works, and in the process how their minds work.
York: Random House, 1973.
*———. Wishes, Lies, and Dreams. New York: Harper and Row, 1970.
Two valuable books that describe methods for students to read “great poetry” and then to be inspired to write their own poetry. Also the two books include many of the poems Koch’s students wrote.
. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1977.
In this “nuts and bolts” book, writing is introduced as a process including prewriting, revising and editing. Many varied activities and assignments are accompanied with “step-by-step” instructions in the process of writing.
. New Jersey: Boynton/Cook Publishers, 2nd edition, 1976.
Macrorie’s valuable book gives effective advice for good writing and analyzes what powerful writing is.
*Simons, George F.
Keeping Your Personal Journal
. New York: Paulist Press, 1978.
This book gives stimulating advice on the process of journal writing—as a tool for growth, learning, observing life, and writing vividly.
Stanford, Gene and Marie Smith.
A Guidebook for Teaching Composition
. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1982.
, Willie Lee, I’ll See You in
. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979.
A book of poetry by the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of
The Color Purple
for students to use for modeling inspiration.
You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down
. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981.
A collection of fourteen interesting and skillful stories for students to become familiar with and, perhaps use for modeling.
Wixon, Vincent and Pat Stone.
, 66 (September, 1977), pp. 70-73.
*Wolfe, Denny and Robert Reising.
Writing for Learning in the Content Areas
. Portland, Maine: J. Weston Walch, 1983.
This useful book is designed to show how writing is an effective tool in helping students to become more involved and active as learners. Particularly helpful chapters include: A Process Approach to Writing, Using a Journal, Writing to Accomplish Writing Goals, Evaluating Writing and Student Activities.