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Learning from RWP Authors

Many of the most influential books in language arts education have been written by current or past members of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project staff. Frequently, the TCRWP receives requests for the author of one of those books to visit with a group of teachers who have been reading that person’s latest publication. “It brings the texts that we are reading to life if we can hear from the author directly,” teachers tell us.

Although the Project does not normally provide short-term staff development—we do not usually say yes to an invitation to pop into a school for one day, for example—we make an exception when a school district has been studying the professional texts that we write. If a school has been engaged in this sort of professional study and we can deepen that study by spending a day with you, we move mountains to accept such a request. The one exception is that Lucy Calkins, who has written an especially large number of books, is not personally able to support every district that is relying on those books, and so she is apt to channel such an invitation to a select group of hand-picked presenters, many of whom have been co-authors. You can read descriptions of some of those books here.


Colleen Cruz

  • The Arc of Story, Grade 3, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)
  • A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers, K-5
  • Independent Writing: One Teacher—Thirty-Two Needs, Topics, and Plans


Elizabeth Dunford

  • Persuasive Writing of All Kinds, Kindergarten, Writing Reviews, Grade 1, and Writing About Reading, Grade 2, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)


Mary Ehrenworth

  • From Scene to Series: Writing Fiction, Grade 1, and The Research-Based Argument Essay, Grade 5, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)
  • Pathways to the Common Core (co-author)
  • Looking to Write
  • The Power of Grammar (co-author)
  • Tackling Complex Texts in the series Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop (co-author)
  • Constructing Curriculum in the series Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop(co-author)


Shana Frazin

  • Once Upon a Time: Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales, Grade 3, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)


Amanda Hartman

  • Launching the Writing Workshop, Kindergarten, and Lessons from the Masters: Improving Narrative Craft, Grade 2, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)
  • One to One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers (co-author)
  • Conferring with Primary Writers (CD-ROM)


Kelly Boland Hohne

  • Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, Grade 3, and Boxes and Bullets: Personal and Persuasive Essays, Grade 4, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)


Christine Holley

  • From Scenes to Series: Writing Fiction, Grade 1, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing(co-author)


Monique Knight

  • Lab Reports and Science Books, Grade 2, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)


Lauren Kolbeck

  • Lab Reports and Science Books, Grade 2, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)


Celena Larkey

  • Writing Reviews, Grade 1, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)


Natalie Louis

  • Writing for Readers, Kindergarten, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)


Alexandra Marron

  • Writing About Reading, Grade 2, The Literary Essay: Writing About Fiction, Grade 4, Narrative Craft, Grade 5, and Shaping Texts: From Essay and Narrative to Memoir, Grade 5, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)


Marjorie Martinelli

  • Crafting True Stories, Grade 3, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)
  • Smarter Charts K-2 (co-author)


Elizabeth Moore

  • How-To Books: Writing to Teach Others, Kindergarten, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)


Julia Mooney

  • Lessons from the Masters: Improving Narrative Writing, Grade 2, If . . . Then . . . Curriculum: Assessment-Based Instruction, Grade 2, and If . . . Then . . . Curriculum: Assessment-Based Instruction, Grade 3, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)


Laurie Pessah

  • How-To-Books: Writing to Teach Others, Kindergarten, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)
  • Nonfiction Writing Procedures and Reports in the series Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum (co-author)
  • A Principal's Guide to Leadership in the Teaching of Writing (co-author)


Maggie Beattie Roberts

  • Once Upon a Time: Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales, Grade 3, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)



Kate Roberts

  • Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts - and Life (co-author)

Rachel Rothman

  • Small Moments: Writing with Focus, Detail, and Dialogue, Grade 1, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)


Shanna Schwartz

  • A Quick Guide to Make Your Teaching Stick, K-5
  • Writing About Reading, Grade 2, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing


Emily Butler Smith

  • The Lens of History: Research Reports, Grade 5, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing(co-author)


Annie Taranto

  • The Research-Based Argument Essay, Grade 5, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (co-author)


Sarah Picard Taylor

  • A Quick Guide to Teaching Persuasive Writing, K-2 , K-2


Kathleen Tolan

  • The Literary Essay: Writing About Fiction, Grade 4, in the series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing(co-author)
  • Building a Reading Life, in the series Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop (co-author)
  • Following Characters into Meaning, in the series Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop (co-author)
  • Navigating Nonfiction, in the series Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop (co-author)



Cheryl Tyler

  • A Quick Guide to Boosting English Acquisition in Choice Time, K-2 (co-author with Alison Porcelli)