Daniel’s Professional Library

To the right is a (partial) list of books I have available in my professional collection. Obviously, most of them are centered around English/Literacy, but there are many others as well! I have not read all of these, and probably never will, but there are a few I can recommend! I hope to have a searchable/topic-specific database of these at some point, but for now feel free to peruse the Goodreads shelf! Click the link at the top to view the entire list (currently at 106 books!). 

Educational Philosophy


  • Teach Like a Champion - Lemov
    • Great resource with a TON of simple strategies that work well in the classroom! A great resource for any teacher. 
  • Classrooms of Wonder and Wisdom - Meredith/Steele
    • I had the pleasure of having Dr. Meredith as a professor at UNI. This book has many useful strategies and immediately applicable lessons. Although it is mostly centered around reading and writing, the concepts are applicable throughout all contents. 


  • Grammar Girl Series - Fogarty
    • Great, simple books that explain many grammar concepts in easy-to-understand terms. Very student friendly, and helpful for teachers as well! 
  • Write Source 8 - Sebranek/Kemper/Meyer
    • I have the student and teacher edition of this book, which is geared toward 8th grade but useful beyond just that grade level. I have been really impressed with the structure, content, and format of the Write Source books. This one has a ton of great resources relating to the writing process, different types of writing, prewriting, editing/revising, and more. Filled with great examples and strategies, it's a resource I definitely recommend. 
  • They Say / I Say With Readings - Graff/Birkenstein/Durst
    • Although I haven't had the opportunity to use this, I was very impressed when I had the opportunity to take a look at this book at NCTE. The book focuses on the idea that "writing well means entering into a conversation with others" (xviii), and offers strategies, examples, and easy-to-follow instructions to facilitate that conversation. Focusing on persuasive or argumentative writing, the authors show students (and teachers) that "Effective persuasive writers do more than make well-supported claims ('I say'); they also map those claims relative to the claims of others ('they say')" (xxi). This edition also has readings to support the strategies and concepts presented. 
  • 642 Things to Write About: Young Writer's Edition - 826 Valencia
    • An awesome resource for writing topics for students, including these awesome examples and more: "Write a to-do list for a villain," "Create a haiku about your shoes," and "Pretend you're a tiny fish. Convince a hungry shark not to eat you.

As you can see, I have a ton of books - so there's more where these came from! Let me know if you're interested in checking one out! 

Professional Library

Books, Lessons, Ideas for Teaching the Six Traits: Writing at Middle and High School
The American Heritage Essential Student Thesaurus, Third Edition
Hi-Lo Nonfiction Passages for Struggling Readers: Grades 6–8: 80 High-Interest/Low-Readability Passages With Comprehension Questions and Mini-Lessons for Teaching Key Reading Strategies
They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, with Readings
They Still Can't Spell?: Understanding and Supporting Challenged Spellers in Middle and High School
Beyond the RTI Pyramid: Solutions for the First Years of Implementation
Shakespeare Among Schoolchildren: Approaches for the Secondary Classroom
Introduction to Image Grammar Activity Book
Image Grammar Student Activity Book
Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction

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