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About theliteracycookbook

In addition to this blog, I am the creator of THE LITERACY COOKBOOK Website (www.literacycookbook.com) and ONLY GOOD BOOKS Blog (http://onlygoodbooks.wordpress.com/), and the author of THE LITERACY COOKBOOK: A Practical Guide to Effective Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Instruction (Jossey-Bass, 2012), LITERACY AND THE COMMON CORE: Recipes for Action (Jossey-Bass, 2014), and USING GRAMMAR TO IMPROVE WRITING: Recipes for Action (BookBaby, 2018). Check out my Website for more information about my consulting work.

How to Blend Grammar into Daily ELA Instruction

[This post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb.] One of the most common concerns I hear from ELA teachers is “I want to teach grammar, but I’m not sure how to fit it in.” This post explains a … Continue reading

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Narrative Writing Feedback Tools

Following up on my recent post about writing feedback in general, this post offers two tools targeting NARRATIVE writing specifically. As I’ve said many times before, I don’t believe in “peer editing,” which strikes me as “the blind leading the … Continue reading

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A Podcast That Could Change Children’s Lives

While this post’s title might seem overly dramatic, I urge you to listen to this podcast before you cast judgment: “Hard Words: Why Aren’t Our Kids Being Taught to Read?” from APM Reports Documentaries (9/9/18, available for free on iTunes), … Continue reading

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MENTOR TEXTS: A New Page on The Literacy Cookbook Website!

Friends: As a result of popular demand, I’ve added a new page to The Literacy Cookbook Website: “Mentor Texts.” This page (found under “Reading” and “Writing” because it applies to both!) curates excellent models of writing that I come across … Continue reading

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Feedback That Saves Time and Improves Student Writing

[This post, drawn largely from Using Grammar to Improve Writing: Recipes for Action, originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb.] One of my deepest regrets about my teaching career is how much time I wasted on grading papers. I … Continue reading

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A New Page on The Literacy Cookbook Website: “English Language Learners”!!!

Friends: In response to popular demand, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve added a new page to The Literacy Cookbook Website: “English Language Learners.” (It appears under the “Reading” section.) This page is a work in progress, so if you … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: A Review of USING GRAMMAR TO IMPROVE WRITING

Friends— I apologize for the shameless self-promotion, but I’m pleased to share Susan Chenelle’s recent review of my book, which originally appeared on the NJ Council of Teachers of English Blog. Susan is the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction at … Continue reading

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UPCOMING PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

Hi, all— I’m pleased to report that I’ll be presenting twice in October at events that are open to the public: Oct. 11: “Using Grammar to Improve Writing” at NJ Charter Public Schools Association Annual Conference in Newark, NJ (Click … Continue reading

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Another Cool Resource: C-SPAN!

Until very recently, I thought of C-SPAN as merely a government cable channel, a place to see the ongoing proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. So: ho hum. Not my favorite channel. But it turns out … Continue reading

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CURRICULUM RESOURCES & LINKS: A Page from The Literacy Cookbook Website

If you already subscribe to The Literacy Cookbook Website, you’re probably aware of the thousands of resources available. In addition to the Website’s 1,200-plus field-tested Word documents that you can download to use instantly with your students, I’ve also curated … Continue reading

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