Acts of Teaching

How to Teach Writing: A Text, A Reader, A Narrative, 3rd Edition

by Joyce Armstrong Carroll, EdD, HLD, and Edward E. Wilson with Nicole Klimow and Kristy Hill


Comprehensive, innovative, and practical, this third edition outlines a powerful approach to teaching writing.

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November 2018

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Pages 233
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Curriculum and Instruction, K-12
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Inclusive of the scope and authoritative references from earlier editions, this edition additionally embraces the digital world and provides practical suggestions for performing the "act of teaching."

Teachers of writing at all levels will applaud this edition for its new features designed to help teachers to understand and teach to today's new paradigms in writing. New to this edition are two chapters on cognition and technology, respectively; a chapter on early literacy, with student samples; and, for the first time, an online connection that links readers to important articles, visuals, and resources.

Essay writing is explored through discussion of the thesis and its criteria; five organizational patterns for the expository essay; and distinctions among the opinion, persuasive, and argumentative essay. Several new prewriting strategies are also provided: A Sense Notebook, Looking, Contouring, an expanded explanation of Blueprinting, and a discussion of a hierarchical approach to organization.


  • Offers practical suggestions for teaching writing to students of all ages
  • Focuses on the inquiry process as it parallels the writing process
  • Offers many new tips and strategies for teachers to implement in all stages of the writing process
  • Discusses the impact of technology on student writing
  • Features appendices with important readings in the field of writing instruction
Author Info

Joyce Armstrong Carroll, EdD, HLD, has taught at every level through graduate school in her sixty-year career. A nationally known consultant, she has served as president of TCTE and on NCTE's Commission on Composition and its Standing Committee Against Censorship. Recipient of the Edmund J. Farrell Lifetime Achievement Award in Education and the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Dr. Carroll has written numerous articles and more than twenty books. She and her husband authored a national writing and grammar series as well as AbydosPRO: An Integrated Writing and Grammar Curriculum. She codirects Abydos Literacy Learning.

Edward E. Wilson is codirector with his wife, Joyce Armstrong Carroll, of Abydos Literacy Learning. He has taught at the elementary, secondary, and junior college levels and is a member of NCTE, TCTELA, and ASCD. A poet, he coedited Poetry After Lunch and coauthored Writing and Grammar. Wilson owns Absey & Company and is a publisher committed to promoting educational excellence and creative works of literary merit.

Nicole Klimow earned her PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Educational Psychology Foundations. Her dissertation focused on the impact of educational standards on high school English teachers' writing praxis. She works for the Clark County School District as a program administrator for the English Language Learner Division. Klimow has twenty years as an educator, professional developer, and researcher, and is an Abydos trainer.

Kristy Hill, MLS, is a library media technology specialist, educator, writing trainer, and author. She has worked in education for seventeen years and is author of professional books for librarians and teachers.

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