Could This Be a Meme?

I participated in a Book Meme at my personal blog the other day. The list of books was eclectic and interesting. This morning I put my teacher nerd hat on and figured I’d adapt it for teacher books. This is how it works:

For books that you have read, put the title in bold. Books you want to read go in italics. Books you wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole are struck out. Books on your bookshelf are underlined. Books you have never heard of are preceded with a ? question mark. Books you’ve seen a movie or TV version of are preceded with # a pound mark. Books you have blogged about are preceded with an ! exclamation point. Books you’re indifferent to have no text decoration. Books you loved are starred *. To sum up:

  • Books I’ve read
  • Books I want to read
  • Books I wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole
  • Books on my bookshelves
  • ? Books I’ve never heard of
  • # Books I’ve seen in movie or TV form
  • ! Books I’ve blogged about
  • Books I’m indifferent to
  • * Books I loved

If you don’t know how the HTML code for the text decorations, and your blogging software doesn’t have buttons for them on your interface, at the end of this post, you’ll find a primer for how to decorate your text.

  1. The Essential 55 (Ron Clark)
  2. In the Middle (Nancie Atwell)
  3. Possible Lives (Mike Rose)
  4. With Rigor for All (Carol Jago)
  5. The English Teacher’s Companion (Jim Burke)
  6. # ! * The Freedom Writers Diary (Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers)
  7. Experience and Education (John Dewey)
  8. Elements of Style (Strunk and White)
  9. * The Writer’s Reference (Diana Hacker)
  10. * The First Days of School (Harry Wong)
  11. The Myth of Laziness (Mel Levine)
  12. Classroom Instruction that Works (Robert J. Marzano)
  13. ! Understanding By Design (Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe)
  14. The Homework Myth (Alfie Kohn)
  15. Classroom Management that Works (Robert J. Marzano)
  16. Fires in the Bathroom (Kathleen Cushman)
  17. ! * The Teacher’s Daybook (Jim Burke)
  18. Lies My Teacher Told Me (James W. Loewen)
  19. The Unschooled Mind (Howard Gardner)
  20. A Place Called School (John Goodlad)
  21. Punished By Rewards (Alfie Kohn)
  22. * Inside Out (Tom Liner and Dan Kirby)
  23. * Teaching Poetry Writing to Adolescents (Joseph Tsujimoto)
  24. Bridging English (Joseph Milner and Lucy Milner)
  25. * Teaching Grammar in Context (Constance Weaver)
  26. ! * How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Thomas C. Foster)
  27. English Teacher’s Survival Guide (Mary Lou Brandvik)
  28. * Shakespeare Set Free: Teaching A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth (Peggy O’Brien)
  29. * Making the Journey (Leila Christenbury)
  30. Teaching with Fire (Sam Intrator)
  31. Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner)
  32. A Mind at at Time (Mel Levine)
  33. * Teacher Man (Frank McCourt)
  34. # My Posse Don’t Do Homework [Dangerous Minds] (LouAnne Johnson)
  35. The Shame of the Nation (Jonathan Kozol)
  36. Educating Esmé (Esmé Raji Codell)
  37. Horace’s Compromise: The Dilemma of the American High School (Theodore Sizer)
  38. Savage Inequalities (Jonathan Kozol)
  39. Reviving Ophelia (Mary Pipher and Ruth Ross)
  40. Among Schoolchildren (Tracy Kidder)
  41. Cultural Literacy (E.D. Hirsch)
  42. * Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing Exercises (Stephen Dunning and William Stafford)
  43. Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire (Rafe Esquith)
  44. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Will Richardson)
  45. Other People’s Children (Lisa Delpit and Herbert Kohl)
  46. Teach With Your Heart (Erin Gruwell)
  47. There Are No Shortcuts (Rafe Esquith)
  48. Small Victories (Samuel G. Freedman)
  49. Discipline with Dignity (Richard L. Curwin and Allen N. Mendler)
  50. Lives on the Boundary (Mike Rose)

I know I probably forgot your favorite education book. Please forgive me and feel free to add it if you decide to participate in the meme. I am also well aware this list is skewed toward English teachers, so feel free to delete those books in favor of books in your subject area.

Primer for Formatting Text

  1. To make something bold, wrap the text in the bold HTML tag: <b>bold text</b>.
  2. To italicize something, wrap the text in the italics HTML tag: <i>italicized text</i>
  3. To strike out something, wrap the text in the strikeout HTML tag: <s>strikeout</s>
  4. To underline something, wrap the text in the underline HTML tag: <u>underline</u>

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5 thoughts on “Could This Be a Meme?”

  1. Does it count as "read" if you haven't finished and are not necessarily planning to? I don't see myself making it through the rest of the first on the list, for example.

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