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Massachusetts Curriculum Framework

English Language Arts
Adopted February 1997

Selected Resources

This bibliography focuses on books that provide further information and insight into some of the key areas and issues addressed by the English Language Arts Curriculum Framework.


Adams, Marilyn. (1990). Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Brody, Sara. (1994). Teaching Reading: Language, Letters, and Thought. Milford, NH: Larc Publishing.

Carnegie Task Force on Learning in the Elementary Grades. (1996). Years of Promise. New York: Carnegie Corporation.

Chall, J. S. (1996). Learning to Read: The Great Debate (3rd. ed.). Fort Worth TX: Harcourt Brace.

-----------(1996). Stages of Reading Development (2nd ed.) Fort Worth TX: Harcourt Brace.------------

and Dale, Edgar. (1995). The New Dale-Chall Readability Formula. Cambridge, MA: Brookline Books.

------------, Jacobs, V.A., and Baldwin, L. (1990). The Reading Crisis: Why Poor Children Fall Behind. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Clay, Marie. (1991). Becoming Literate: The Construction of Inner Control. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Crowder, Robert G. and Wagner, Richard K. (1992). The Psychology of Reading: An Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cunningham, Patricia. (1991). Phonics They Use ‹ Words for Reading and Writing. New York: Harper Collins.

Rayner, K. And Pollatsek, A. (1989). The Psychology of Reading. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Weaver, Constance. (1988). Reading Process and Practice. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.


Bartlett, John, Justin Kaplan, general editor. (1992). Familiar Quotations. (16th ed.).New York: Little, Brown.

Crystal, David. (1996). English: the Global Language. Washington, DC: US English Foundation.

Follett, Wilson. (1980). Modern American Usage: A Guide. New York: Avenel.

Fowler, H. W. (1965). A Dictionary of Modern English Usage. (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Heath, Shirley Brice. (1983). Ways with Words: Language, Life and Work in Communities and Classrooms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hynds, Susan, and Rubin, Donald, eds. (1990). Perspectives On Talk and Learning. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Jackendoff, Ray. (1994). Patterns of the Mind. New York: Basic Books.

McCrum, Robert, Cran, William, and MacNeil, Robert. (1986). The Story of English. New York: Viking Penguin.

Mencken, H. L. (1979). The American Language. (4th ed.). New York: Knopf.

Partridge, Eric. (1966). Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English. (4th ed.) New York: MacMillan.

Pinker, Steven. (1994). The Language Instinct. New York: Morrow.

Strunk, William and White, E. B. (1972). The Elements of Style. (2nd. ed.). New York: MacMillan.


Abrams, M. H. (1993). A Glossary of Literary Terms. (6th ed.) Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace.

Benét, William Rose. (1965). The Reader's Encyclopedia. (2nd ed.) New York: Harper and Row.

Bloom, Harold. (1994). The Western Canon: The Books and Schools of the Ages. New York: Harcourt, Brace.

Eisner, Elliott W. (1994). Cognition and Curriculum. New York: Teachers College Press.

Egoff, Sheila, Stubbs, G. T., and Ashley, L. H. (1969). Only Connect: Readings on Children's Literature. New York: Oxford University Press.

Fakundiny, Lydia, ed. (1991). The Art of the Essay. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Gates, Henry Louis, ed. (1997). The Norton Anthology of Afro-American Literature. New York: Norton.

Greene, Maxine. (1995). Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and Society.

San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Heard, Georgia. (1989). For the Good of the Earth and the Sun: Teaching Poetry. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Holland, Kathleen E., Hungerford, Rachel A., & Ernst, Shirley, B. (1993). Journeying Children Responding to Literature. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann

Holman, C. Hugh and William Harmon. (1986). A Handbook to Literature. New York: Macmillan.

Levine, Lawrence, W. (1996). The Opening of the American Mind: Canons, Culture, and History. Boston, MA: Beacon.

Lipson, Eden Ross. (1991). The New York Times Parents' Guide to the Best Books for Children. New York: Times Books.

Meigs, Cornelia, Nesbit, Elizabeth, Eaton, Anne Thaxter, and Viguers, Ruth Hill. (1969). A Critical History of Children's Literature. (rev. ed.). New York: MacMillan.

Miller-Lachman, Lynn. (1992). Our Family, Our Friends, Our World: an Annotated Guide to Significant Multicultural Books for Children and Teenagers. Bowker.

Moyers, Bill. (1995). The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets. New York: Doubleday.

Nelms, Ben F. (1988). Literature in the Classroom ‹ Readers, Texts and Contexts. Urbana, Illinois: National Council of Teachers of English.

Newkirk, Thomas, and McLure, Patricia. (1992). Listening In ‹ Children Talk About Books (and other things). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

O'Connell, Shaun. (1990). Imagining Boston: A Literary Landscape. Boston: Beacon.

Opie, Iona and Peter. (1955). The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ravitch, Diane, ed. (1991). The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation. New York: HarperCollins.

----------------and Thernstrom, Abigail. (1992). The Democracy Reader: Classic and Modern Speeches, Essays, Poems, Declarations, and Documents on Freedom and Human RIghts Nationwide. New York: Harper Collins.

Rochman, Hazel. (1993). Against Borders: Promoting Books for a Multicultural World. Chicago, IL: ALA Books.

Rosenblatt, Louise. (1996). Literature as Exploration (5th ed.). New York: Modern Language Association.

------------------ (1994). The Reader, the Text, the Poem. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

Shanahan, Timothy, ed. (1990). Reading and Writing Together: New Perspectives for the Classroom. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers.

Short, Kathy G. and Pierce, Kathryn M. (1990). Talking About Books ‹ Creating Literate Communities. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Shulevitz, Uri. (1985). Writing With Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books. New York: Watson Guptill.

Silvey, Anita, ed. (1995). Children's Books and Their Creators. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Sloan, Glenna Davis. (1991). The Child As Critic: Teaching Literature in Elementary and Middle Schools. New York: Teachers College Press.

Slocum, Robert. (1990). New England in Fiction, 1790-1900. West Cornwall, CT: Locust Hill Press.

Strickland, Dorothy. (1989). Literature, Literacy, and Learning. Chicago, IL: ALA Books.

Sutherland, Zena. (1991). Children and Books. (4th ed.). New York: HarperCollins.

Trelease, Jim. (1995). The Read Aloud Handbook (3rd. ed). New York: Penguin.

Trilling, Lionel. (1972). Sincerity and Authenticity. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Wolf, Shelby Ann and Heath, Shirley Brice. (1992). The Braid of Literature. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.


Atwell, Nancie. (1987). In the Middle--Writing, Reading and Learning with Adolescents. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Berthoff, Ann. (1981). The Making of Meaning ‹ Metaphors, Models, and Maxims for Writing Teachers. Montclair, NJ: Boynton/Cook Publishers, Inc.

Calkins, Lucy. (1986). The Art of Teaching Writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Graves, Donald (ed.) (1983). A Researcher Learns to Write: Selected Articles and Monographs. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.------------

(1989). Writing: Teachers and Children at Work (2nd ed.). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.------------

(1994). A Fresh Look at Writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.-----------

and Sunstein, Bonnie. (1992). Portfolio Portraits. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Hansen, Jane. (1987). When Writers Read. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Hirsch, E. D. Jr. (1977). The Philosophy of Composition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Howard, Vernon and Barton, J. H. (1986). Thinking on Paper. William Morrow and Co.

Kinneavy, James L. (1971). Theory of Discourse. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. ------

(1990). Writing in the Liberal Arts Tradition. (2nd. ed.) New York: Harper and Row.

Moffett, James. (1981). Active Voice. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook.

Murray, Don. (1993). Write to Learn (4th ed.) New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.


Birkets, Sven. (1994). The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in and Electronic Age. Winchester, MA: Faber and Faber.

Considine, David M. and Haley, Gail E. (1992). Visual Messages ‹ Integrating Imagery into Instruction, A Teacher Resource for Media and Visual Literacy. Englewood, Colorado: Teacher Ideas Press.

McLuhan, Marshall. (1962). The Gutenberg Galaxy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

------------------------(1988). Laws of Media: The New Science. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

------------------------(1967). The Medium is the Massage. New York: Random House.

Perkins, David. (1992). Inventive Minds: Creativity in Technology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Postman, Neil. (1985). Amusing Ourselves to Death. New York: Viking.

---------------------(1988). Conscientious Objections. New York: Knopf.

----------------------(1992). Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York: Knopf.

Cognitive Development

Bruner, Jerome S. (1990). Acts of Meaning, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

-----------------(1986). Actual Minds, Possible Worlds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

-----------------(1996). The Culture of Education. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Elkind, David. (1976). Child Development and Education: A Piagetian Perspective. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gardner, Howard. (1983). Frames of Mind. New York: Basic Books.

---------------------------(1993). Multiple Intelligences. New York: Basic Books.

---------------------------(1991). The Unschooled Mind. New York: Basic Books.

Feldman, David Henry, Czikszentmihalyi, Mihalyi, and Gardner, Howard. (1994). Changing the World: A Framework for the Study of Creativity. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Perkins, David. (1995). Outsmarting IQ. New York: Free Press.

---------------------(1992). Smart Schools. New York: Free Press.

---------------------(1981). The Mind's Best Work. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Piaget, Jean. (1977). The Essential Piaget. New York: Basic Books.

Vygotsky, Lev. (1961). Thought and Language. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

----------(1978). Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Practices (M. Cole, V. John-Steiner, S. Scribner, and E. Souberman, eds.) Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Winner, Ellen. (1996). Gifted Children: Myths and Realities. New York: Basic Books.

Educational Models and Education Reform

Adler, Mortimer. (1982). The Paideia Proposal. New York: Collier Books, 1982.

Boyer, Ernest L. (1983). High School: A Report on Secondary Education in America. New York: Harper and Row.

Delpit, Lisa. (1995). Other People's Children. New York: New Press.

Goodlad, John. (1984). A Place Called School. New York: McGraw Hill.

Hirsch, E. D. (1987). Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs To Know, Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

----------------(1996). The Schools We Need and Why We Don't Have Them. New York: Doubleday.

Lewis, C. S. (1986). The Abolition of Man: or, Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools. New York: Collier Books (originally published in 1947, New York: Macmillan).

Lightfoot, Sara Lawrence. (1983). The Good High School. New York: Basic Books.

Meier, Deborah. (1995). The Power of Their Ideas. Boston: Beacon Press.

Perrone, Vito. (1991). A Letter to Teachers: Reflections on School and the Art of Teaching. New York: Jossey Bass.

Sizer, Theodore. (1985). Diverse Practice, Shared Ideas: The Essential School. Providence, RI: Brown University Press.

----------------(1985). Horace's Compromise. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

----------------(1991). Horace's School. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

----------------(1996). Horace's Hope. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

The following resources are useful in selecting literature for the classroom

Booklist and Book Links, Connecting Books, Libraries, and Classrooms, a bimonthly magazine, reviews books that have been grouped into thematic areas. Published by the American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books provides critical annotations, indications of grade level/age, reviews of children's literature; published by Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois and University of Illinois Press, 1325 South Oak, Chicago, IL, 61820

The Horn Book Magazine reviews books written for children and publishes articles about literature for children. Published by The Horn Book, Incorporated, 11 Beacon Street, Suite 1000, Boston MA 02108

Multicultural Literature for Children and Adults, published by the University of Wisconsin's Cooperative Children's Book Center, 4290 Helen White Hall, University of Wisconsin, 600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706

MultiCultural Review reviews multicultural material and providesinformation on the subject of multiculturalism.
88 Post Road, PO Box 5007, Wesport, CT 06881-5007

New York Times Book Review reviews both adult and children's books. New York Times Company, 229 W. 43rd Street, NY, NY 10036

School Library Journal reviews professional reading, books for children and young adults, audiovisual materials and computer software.

Professional journals that review literature in each issue include:

The English Journal (secondary) published by the National Council of Teachers of English

Forum: The English Teaching Journal published by the United States Information Service.

The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy published by the International Reading Association

Language Arts (elementary) published by the National Council of Teachers of English

The Reading Teacher (elementary) published by the International Reading Association

Voices from the Middle published by the National Council of Teachers of English

Massachusetts Professional Organizations

Massachusetts Council of Teachers of English
c/o David Fredette
16 Burncoat Terrace
Worcester, MA 01065

Massachusetts Reading Association
c/o Ann Courtney
American International College
1000 State Street, Box 166
Springfield, MA 01109

New England Association of English Teachers
c/o Debbie Woelflein
11 Hideaway Road
Nashua, NH 03060

Useful Internet Sites

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