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NCTE Summer Professional Development Books: Bestsellers

Summer is an excellent time for recharging; it’s also an excellent time for finding new inspiration. NCTE members have written excellent books on a range of topics you might find interesting, and we’ve pulled together a list of bestsellers for your review.

May is a perfect month for stocking up on these titles and others because we’re offering a 30% discount on all our books for Teacher Appreciation Week. Use the code 30TAW2022. The NCTE professional books featured on this page are only $5.00 each as part of Teacher Appreciation Week! Happy reading!

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Counterstory: The Rhetoric and Writing of Critical Race Theory by Aja Y. Martinez
Humanities scholar Aja Y. Martinez makes a compelling case for counterstory as methodology in rhetoric and writing studies through the well-established framework of critical race theory (CRT). This text was named one of the 20 Best New Rhetoric Books to Read in 2021 by BookAuthority and was also winner of the 2021 Vision Award from the Coalition for Community Writing.

Workshopping the Canon by Mary E. Styslinger
Mary E. Styslinger introduces practicing and preservice English language arts teachers to a process for planning and teaching the most frequently taught texts in middle and secondary classrooms using a workshop approach.

Teach Living Poets by Lindsay Illich and Melissa Alter Smith
Teach Living Poets opens up the flourishing world of contemporary poetry to secondary teachers, giving advice on discovering new poets and reading contemporary poetry, as well as sharing sample lessons, writing prompts, and ways to become an engaged member of a professional learning community.

What Works in Grammar Instruction by Deborah Dean
Dean’s straightforward approach to teaching grammar in context allows her—and us—to share the excitement and wonder to be found in the study of language.

Reading and Teaching with Diverse Nonfiction Children’s Books: Representations and Possibilities by Thomas Crisp, Suzanne M. Knezek, and Roberta Price Gardner
This edited volume brings together ongoing professional conversations about diverse children’s books and the role and function of nonfiction and informational text in K–8 classrooms.

Writing Instruction in the Culturally Relevant Classroom by Latrise Johnson and Maisha T. Winn
This book offers specific ideas for how to teach writing in a culturally relevant way. Drawing on research-based understandings from NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing, Winn and Johnson demonstrate how these principles support an approach that can help all students succeed.

Teaching Reading with YA Literature: Complex Texts, Complex Lives by Jennifer Buehler
Jennifer Buehler shows how to implement a YA pedagogy—one that revolves around student motivation while upholding the goals of rigor and complexity.

What Works in Writing Instruction: Research and Practice, Second Edition by Deborah Dean
Using teacher-friendly language and classroom examples, Deborah Dean looks closely at instructional practices supported by a broad range of research and weaves them together into accessible recommendations that can inspire teachers to find what works for their own classrooms and students.


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