Writing with Power
. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.
A very useful book for opening up the teacher’s mind to all stages of the writing process, the approach to teaching these stages, and the problems therein. It reads like a best-seller: engrossing, informative, and rewarding.
. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
This book is not as useful a teacher’s guide as the others are. It reads more like a textbook for a university rather than an independent resource book.
English for the Rejected
. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1964.
This book provided an empathetic understanding for disabled learners. Holbrook clearly explained how to recognize, understand, and meet the problems the students have in learning. It includes a comprehensive and useful bibliography.
. Rochelle Park, NJ: Hayden, 1984.
This book focused on “truth-telling” in writing, a form of free expression. His thesis is that students gain confidence through free-writing forms. It gives numerous good suggestions for free-writing lessons.
Rico, Gabrielle Lusser.
Writing the Natural Way
. Los Angeles: Tarcher, 1983.
This book is the handbook on clustering. It clearly explains the means of “releasing the inner writer” through the clustering process. It provides copious examples.
Shaughnessy, Mina P.
Errors and Expectations: A Guide for the Teacher of Basic Writing
. New York: Oxford University Press, 1977.
Chapter 4 of this book provides a useful overview of the language patterns of the different cultural groups teachers may have in their classes. It explains how these language patterns affect the way students understand formal grammar and how their written expression differs from these formal patterns.