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NCTE Books by Women – Update for 2020

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we’re sharing books and resources from NCTE written by some incredible women and teams led by women.

Adventurous Thinking: Fostering Students’ Rights to Read and Write in Secondary ELA Classrooms, edited by Mollie V. Blackburn, is grounded in NCTE’s position statements “The Students’ Right to Read” and “NCTE Beliefs about the Students’ Right to Write.” This book focuses on high school English language arts classes, drawing from the work of seven teachers from across the country to illustrate how advocating for students’ rights to read and write can be revolutionary work. It is part of the Principles in Practice imprint.

In Beyond Progress in the Prison Classroom: Options and Opportunities, Anna Plemons argues that, when viewed as a microcosm of the broader enterprise, the prison classroom highlights the way that composition and rhetoric as a discipline continues to make use of colonial ways of knowing and of being that work against the decolonial intentions of the field. This title is in the CCCC Studies in Writing & Rhetoric (SWR) Series.

Continuing the Journey 3: Becoming a Better Teacher of Language, Speaking, and Listening is the third book in the Continuing the Journey series, aimed at veteran teachers yet accessible to highly capable early career teachers, Ken Lindblom and Leila Christenbury explore teaching English language, speaking, and listening.

In Bring on the Bard: Active Drama Approaches for Shakespeare’s Diverse Student Readers, Kevin Long and Mary T. Christel offer active drama approaches that position students to engage with a rich text through low-risk speaking and improvisation activities as a part of any ELA classroom.

Editors Letizia Guglielmo and Sergio C. Figueiredo and their contributors share the experiences of first-generation immigrant scholars in rhetoric, composition, and communication and how those experiences shape individual academic identity and, in turn, the teaching of writing and rhetoric in Immigrant Scholars in Rhetoric, Composition, and Communication: Memoirs of a First Generation.

In A Symphony of Possibilities: A Handbook for Arts Integration in Secondary English Language Arts editors Katherine J. Macro and Michelle Zoss explore drama, music, poetry, public art, and visual art in detail by experts in their fields sharing proven methods of instruction with secondary students and teachers.

Transforming Literacy Education for Long-Term English Learners: Recognizing Brilliance in the Undervalued challenges the deficit perspective that is often applied to their experiences of language learning. Author Maneka Deanna Brooks counters incorrect characterizations of long-term English learners (LTELs) and sheds light on students’ strengths to argue that effective literacy education requires looking beyond policy classifications that are often used to guide educational decisions for this population. This title is in the NCTE-Routledge Research Series.

Pick up one of these great titles today!