Books: New in Print
A Darker Shade of Crimson: Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano, by Ruben Navarrette Jr. (Bantam Books, 1540 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10036; 256 pp. $21.95 cloth). A 1990 graduate of Harvard University examines the issues of ethnic solidarity, affirmative action, and prejudice as viewed through the lens of his campus experience as a Hispanic student.
Alma Mater: A College Homecoming, by P.F. Kluge (Addison Wesley, 1 Jacob Way, Reading, Mass. 01867; 252 pp., $22.95 cloth). A well-known writer uses his knowledge as an alumnus and faculty member of Kenyon College in Ohio to assess the educational landscape of small, costly, rural private colleges.
Becoming a Reflective Educator: How To Build a Culture of Inquiry in the Schools, by John W. Brubacher, Charles W. Case, & Timothy G. Reagan (Corwin Press, 2455 Teller Rd., Newbury Park, Calif. 91320; 160 pp., $18 paper). Combines case studies with discussions of various central themes related to teaching, professionalism, and reflective practice.
Cultural Leadership: The Culture of Excellence in Education, by William G. Cunningham & Donn W. Gresso (Allyn & Bacon, 160 Gould St., Needham Heights, Mass. 02194-2310; 285 pp., $39.95 cloth). Offers methods for educators to create a culture within the schools that allows for continuous improvement of student learning.
Educating the Entire Person, by Ron Dultz (Ron Dultz Publishing, P.O. Box 985, Reseda, Calif. 91337; 103 pp., $8 paper). Espouses a philosophy of learning and teaching that reinforces each student's natural development; suggests methods of helping students identify their learning needs by selecting subject matter, learning pace, and learning style.
How To Assess Thoughtful Outcomes, by Kay Burke (I.R.I. Skylight Educational Training and Publishing, 200 East Wood St., Ste. 274, Palatine, Ill. 60067; 168 pp., $15.95 paper). Presents methods for reforming assessment practices, defined here as teaching strategies that stress meaningful tasks, positive student-teacher interaction, higher-order thinking skills, and student self-evaluation.
Laura and Jim and What They Taught Me About the Gap Between Educational Theory and Practice, by Dona M. Kagan (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 165 pp., $12.95 paper). Juxtaposes the entirely different views of teaching that emerge from interviews with professors of education and seasoned high school teachers.
Leaders Helping Leaders: A Practical Guide to Administrative Mentoring, by John C. Daresh & Marsha A. Playko (Scholastic, 2931 East McCarty St., Jefferson City, Mo. 65102; 103 pp., $22.95 paper). Promotes professional development through the use of mentoring; advice for local planners of in-service programs on designing, developing, and evaluating mentoring programs.
Principals of Dynamic Schools: Taking Charge of Change, by Ellen B. Goldring & Sharon F. Rallis (Corwin Press, 2455 Teller Rd., Newbury Park, Calif. 91320; 196 pp., $18 paper). Examines the various roles played by effective principals, including facilitator, balancer, "flag bearer,'' inquirer, learner, and leader.
Promising Practices in Teaching Social Responsibility, ed. by Sheldon Berman & Phyllis LaFarge (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 258 pp., $19.95 paper). Instructors describe innovative practices in teaching social issues, ranging from citizenship education to global awareness to multicultural perspectives.
Reading and Literacy
Cambridge School Shakespeare: Macbeth, ed. by Rex Gibson (Cambridge University Press, 40 West 20th St., New York, N.Y. 10011-4211; 172 pp., $5.95 paper). This series of Shakespeare plays gives the complete text along with a synopsis of the action, explanation of difficult words, pictures of theatrical productions, and classroom-tested activities.
Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints, ed. by Nicholas J. Karolides, Lee Burress, & John M. Kean (Scarecrow Press, 52 Liberty St., P.O. Box 4167, Metuchen, N.J. 08840; 524 pp., $49.50 cloth). In 63 essays, authors and teachers discuss the books, plays, and other works most frequently challenged in schools and libraries. Part one presents six authors' perspectives on censorship by omission and by commission; part two provides responses and defenses of individual books.
Errors in English and Ways To Correct Them, 4th Ed., by Harry Shaw (HarperPerennial 10 East 53rd St., New York, N.Y. 10022; 306 pp., $10 paper). Rather than laying out rules of grammar, focuses on common errors in sentence structure, word usage, spelling, punctuation, and grammar, gives examples of correctly and incorrectly phrased sentences, and provides exercises to reinforce lessons.
I Felt Like I Was From Another Planet: Writing From Personal Experience, by Norine Dresser (Addison-Wesley, 1 Jacob Way, Reading, Mass. 01867; 168 pp., $14.95 paper). Language-arts teaching guide for grades 4-8, containing 15 student-written stories that involve experiences of cultural adjustment; each story is accompanied by discussion topics, vocabulary, and resource listings.
ÙLeamos!/Let's Read: 101 Ideas To Help Your Child Learn To Read and Write, by Mary & Richard Behm (ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Indiana University, P.O. Box 5953, Bloomington, Ind. 47407; 45 pp., $8.95 paper). Bilingual book offers practical suggestions, side by side in Spanish and English, for parents to use in helping their children develop reading and writing skills through activities in the home and elsewhere; includes other literacy resources for parents.
Market Guide for Young Writers, 4th Ed., by Kathy Henderson (Writer's Digest Books, 1507 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45207; 304 pp.,$16.95 paper). Includes 88 listings of publishers that accept submissions from writers ages 8 through 18, 68 listings of writing contests and awards, profiles of young writers, advice on getting published, and answers to other frequently asked questions.
Speaking of Poets: Interviews With Poets Who Write for Children and Young Adults, by Jeffrey S. Copeland (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 127 pp., $12.95 paper). Reveals the writing processes, influences, work habits, and personal backgrounds of 16 contemporary children's poets; also includes strategies for teaching poetry and encouraging students to write their own works.
Weaving in the Women: Transforming the High School English Curriculum, by Liz Whaley & Liz Dodge (Heineman, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801-3912; 299 pp., $19.50 paper). Offers a diverse selection of English and American women writers and introduces practical ideas on how to integrate them into the curriclum.
Writing and Thinking With Computers: A Practical and Progressive Approach, by Rick Monroe (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 West Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801-1096; 121 pp., $16.95 paper). A guide for incorporating computers into English and language-arts curricula, with tips for students and teachers on creating lesson files, establishing a networked computer lab, and on writing, editing, and desktop publishing.