Published Online: February 12, 1997

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In response to what it says is a growing need for K-12 curriculum materials geared exclusively to outdoor education, the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education has prepared a publication designed to assist teachers in integrating environmental issues into their classrooms. The book, Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence, offers suggestions for developing and assessing effective environmentally oriented lesson plans and instructional materials.

More than 1,000 experts in environmental education--from knowledgeable classroom teachers to environmental scientists--contributed to the volume. Its publication is part of a broader effort by the environmental education project to create a series of resource guides highlighting the best in environmental curriculum materials.

Environmental Education Materials, which costs $10.95, is available from the North American Association for Environmental Education, P.O. Box 400, Troy, Ohio 45373.

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Inc. has published a guide to using literature and drama to teach English to non-speakers. Based on the belief that successful English-as-a-second-language instruction includes exposure to good as well as accessible examples of the language, New Ways of Using Drama and Literature in Language Teaching provides a variety of lessons based on classic and contemporary literature.

The book is organized by genre into four sections; the first three cover prose, poetry, and drama, while the third, titled "a mixed bag," includes activities appropriate to any of the three. Some sections include suggestions for additional outside information, including addresses for related Web sites.

New Ways of Using Drama and Literature in Language Teaching is designed for use at all levels of instruction. Copies are available through the publications department at TESOL, 1600 Cameron St., Suite 300, Alexandria, Va. 22314 or by phone at (703) 518-2522.

As electronic media and on-line services make an ever-greater impact on education, more and more questions arise about how to best use the resources they offer. Two free pamphlets published by the Discovery Channel's education division seek to guide educators through the tangled web of the Internet.

Discovery Channel School: Connecting Teachers, Classrooms, and Communities Online provides instructions for getting the most from the World Wide Web, including ways to access Internet service providers and listings of educational Web-site addresses. The companion publication All About Copyright: Fair Use in the Multimedia Age deciphers the legalities involved in using copyright materials in the classroom.

Both pamphlets are available from Discovery Channel Education, 7000 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md. 20814.

--DAVID FIELD

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