Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Textbooks being reviewed


It's review time for English Grammar and Composition, English as a Second Language and Foreign Languages materials used in Tennessee public schools.

If you want to see all the materials being considered it looks like the only place to do that is MTSU in Murfreesboro. In Nashville TSU is hosting the student and teacher materials only.

Here's the official press release. For some unknown reason the State Department of Education doesn't provide a list on their website of the textbooks currently under review for use by schools systems across the state. Thankfully, their Rachel Woods, once she got back into town, was prompt about providing me a copy of their Excel sheet with all the details. I'm posting the list in alphabetical order by book title below. If you'd like to see the entire Excel sheet it's here at Google docs.
Public comments should be sent to Morgan Branch, Director of Textbook Services, Tennessee Department of Education, 5th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower, Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0379 before the September meeting. Citizens with questions about the process may also call Morgan Branch at 615-253-3160.


Publisher Book Title
Holt McDougal ¡Avancemos! Level 1, Student Edition
Holt McDougal ¡Avancemos! Level 1A, Student Edition
Holt McDougal ¡Avancemos! Level 1B, Student Edition
Holt McDougal ¡Avancemos! Level 2, Student Edition
Holt McDougal ¡Avancemos! Level 3, Student Edition
Holt McDougal ¡Avancemos! Level 4, Student Edition
EMC Publishing, LLC ¡Aventura! 1
EMC Publishing, LLC ¡Aventura! 2
EMC Publishing, LLC ¡Aventura! 3
EMC Publishing, LLC ¡Aventura! 4
Perfection Learning 6 Trait PowerWrite 6-year student license
Perfection Learning 6 Trait PowerWrite 6-year student license
Perfection Learning 6 Trait PowerWrite 6-year student license
Perfection Learning 6 Trait PowerWrite 6-year student license
Perfection Learning 6 Trait PowerWrite 6-year student license
Perfection Learning 6-Gr 10/Level J Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics Skillbooks, consumable
Perfection Learning 6-Gr 11/Level K Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics Skillbooks, consumable
Perfection Learning 6-Gr 12/Level L Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics Skillbooks, consumable
Perfection Learning 6-Gr 6/Level F Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics Skillbooks, consumable
Perfection Learning 6-Gr 7/Level G Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics Skillbooks, consumable
Perfection Learning 6-Gr 8/Level H Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics Skillbooks, consumable
Perfection Learning 6-Gr 9/Level I Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics Skillbooks, consumable
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Abriendo paso: Lectura y Gramática
Holt McDougal Abriendo puertas: Lenguaje, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Abriendo puertas: Literatura, Tomo I & II Combined Package
Bedford, Freeman & Worth America Now
Bedford, Freeman & Worth America Now
EMC Publishing, LLC AP Test Prep: Mastering the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Exam
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Asi se dice! L1 National SE
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Asi se dice! L1A SE
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Asi se dice! L1B SE
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Asi se dice! L2 National SE
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Asi se dice! L3 National SE
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Asi se dice! L4 National SE
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Bon voyage! 1 Student Edition
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Bon voyage! 2 Student Edition
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Bon voyage! 3 Student Edition
Holt McDougal Bravo
Cambridge University Press Cambridge Latin Course Unit 1 Student's Book (2009)
Cambridge University Press Cambridge Latin Course Unit 2 Student's Book (2009)
Cambridge University Press Cambridge Latin Course Unit 3 Student's Book (2009)
Cambridge University Press Cambridge Latin Course Unit 4 Student's Book (2009)
Handwriting Without Tears Can-Do Cursive - Consumable
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. Catullus LEGAMUS Transitional Reader
EMC Publishing, LLC C'est à toi! Level 1
EMC Publishing, LLC C'est à toi! Level 2
EMC Publishing, LLC C'est à toi! Level 3
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Chinese Link, Level 1, Simplified Character Edition
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Chinese Link: Zhongwen Tiandi, Level 2
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. Cicero Workbook, A
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Conexiones: Comunicación y cultura
Handwriting Without Tears Cursive Handwriting - Consumable
Handwriting Without Tears Cursive Success - Consumable
EMC Publishing, LLC Deutsch Aktuell 1
EMC Publishing, LLC Deutsch Aktuell 2
EMC Publishing, LLC Deutsch Aktuell 3
BETTER CHINESE LLC DISCOVERING CHINESE Series
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Ecce Romani I (Print)
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Ecce Romani II (Print)
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Ecce Romani III (Print)
The Hampton-Brown Company, Inc. d/b/a National Geographic School Publishing and Hampton-Brown Edge Series
Santillana USA Publishing Company Elevator, Levels I, II, III and IV
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Encuentros maravillosos: Gramática a través de la literatura
Santillana USA Publishing Company Energie, Levels I, II, III and IV 9-12
Perfection Learning Essential Guide-Language, Writing & Literature, Blue, Hardback Ed
Perfection Learning Essential Guide-Language, Writing and Literature, Red, Hardback Ed
Perfection Learning ESSENTIAL GUIDE-LANGUAGE, WRITING, & LIT, BLUE, CORE PKG CONS
Perfection Learning ESSENTIAL GUIDE-LANGUAGE, WRITING, & LIT, BLUE, CORE PKG CONS
Perfection Learning ESSENTIAL GUIDE-LANGUAGE, WRITING, & LIT, BLUE, CORE PKG CONS
Perfection Learning ESSENTIAL GUIDE-LANGUAGE, WRITING, & LIT, BLUE, CORE PKG CONS
Perfection Learning ESSENTIAL GUIDE-LANGUAGE, WRITING, & LIT, BLUE, CORE PKG NON-CONS
Perfection Learning ESSENTIAL GUIDE-LANGUAGE, WRITING, & LIT, BLUE, CORE PKG NON-CONS
Perfection Learning ESSENTIAL GUIDE-LANGUAGE, WRITING, & LIT, BLUE, CORE PKG NON-CONS
Perfection Learning ESSENTIAL GUIDE-LANGUAGE, WRITING, & LIT, BLUE, CORE PKG NON-CONS
Perfection Learning ESSENTIAL GUIDE-LANGUAGE, WRITING, & LIT, RED, CORE PKG CONS
Perfection Learning ESSENTIAL GUIDE-LANGUAGE, WRITING, & LIT, RED, CORE PKG NON-CONS
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Everyday Use: Rhetoric at Work in Reading and Writing
EMC Publishing, LLC Exploring Chinese
EMC Publishing, LLC Exploring French
EMC Publishing, LLC Exploring German
Cengage Learning Exploring Journalism and the Media
EMC Publishing, LLC Exploring Spanish
EMC Publishing, LLC Expository Composistion: Discovering Your Voice
Zaner-Bloser G.U.M. Grammar, Usage and Mechanics 3-8
Zaner-Bloser G.U.M. Grammar, Usage and Mechanics 3-8
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Glencoe Speech SE
Holt McDougal Hodges' Harbrace Handbook
Holt McDougal Holt Advanced Spanish, Nuevas vistas, Curso de introducción, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt Advanced Spanish, Nuevas vistas, Curso dos, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt Advanced Spanish, Nuevas vistas, Curso uno, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt French 1, Bien dit!, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt French 1A, Bien dit!, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt French 1B, Bien dit!, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt French 2, Bien dit!, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt French 3, Bien dit!, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt German 1, Komm mit!, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt German 2, Komm mit!, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt German 3, Komm mit!, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt Traditions, Warriner's Handbook, Fifth Course, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt Traditions, Warriner's Handbook, First Course, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt Traditions, Warriner's Handbook, Fourth Course, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt Traditions, Warriner's Handbook, Introductory Course, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt Traditions, Warriner's Handbook, Second Course, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt Traditions, Warriner's Handbook, Sixth Course, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Holt Traditions, Warriner's Handbook, Third Course, Student Edition
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. Horace Workbook
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Houghton Mifflin Harcourt English R/1-6
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Houghton Mifflin Harcourt English R/1-6
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Houghton Mifflin Harcourt English R/1-6
The Hampton-Brown Company, Inc. d/b/a National Geographic School Publishing and Hampton-Brown Inside Series 6-8
Holt McDougal Interacciones
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Journalism Matters SE
Holt McDougal Kaleidoskop (paperback)
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Latin 1 Student Edition
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Latin 2 Student Edition
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Latin 3 Student Edition
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. Latin for New Millennium St Txtbk L1
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. Latin for New Millennium St Txtbk L2
Handwriting Without Tears Letters and Numbers For Me Consumable
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. Little Book of Latin Love Poetry
Pearson Longmam Longman Cornerstone Series
Pearson Longmam Longman Keystone Keys to Learning Series 6-12
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. Looking at Latin
BETTER CHINESE LLC MAGICAL TOUR OF CHINA Series
Holt McDougal Media/Impact: An Introduction to Mass Media
Cengage Learning/Heinle Milestones Series 6-8
Bedford, Freeman & Worth Models For Writers
Bedford, Freeman & Worth Models For Writers
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Momentos cumbres de las literaturas hispánicas
BETTER CHINESE LLC MY FIRST CHINESE READER Series
BETTER CHINESE LLC MY FIRST CHINESE WORDS&I LOVE CHINESE Series
Handwriting Without Tears My Printing Book - Consumable
Santillana USA Publishing Company Nuevo ¡Bravo, bravo! Series 6-8 or Level 1a, 1b
Rigby, an imprint of HMH Supplemental Publishers Inc. On Our Way to English K-5
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. Ovid Workbook
Voyager Expanded Learning, Inc. Passport Reading Journeys (series) 6-8*
Bedford, Freeman & Worth Patterns for College Writing
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Prentice Hall Realidades with Realidades.com Series 6-12
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Prentice Hall Writing & Grammar, Full Version (Print)
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Prentice Hall Writing & Grammar, Full Version (Print)
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Prentice Hall Writing & Grammar, Full Version (Print)
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Prentice Hall Writing & Grammar, Full Version (Print)
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Prentice Hall Writing & Grammar, Full Version (Print)
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Prentice Hall Writing & Grammar, Full Version (Print)
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Prentice Hall Writing & Grammar, Full Version (Print) Student Ediction Grade 6
Handwriting Without Tears Printing Power - Consumable
Perfection Learning Projects in Speech Communication
Santillana USA Publishing Company Santillana Intensive English
Series K-12
Santillana USA Publishing Company Santillana Intensive English
Series K-12
Pearson Education Inc., publishing as Scott Foresman Scott Foresman Grammar and Writing Tennessee Edition 1-6
Pearson Education Inc., publishing as Scott Foresman Scott Foresman Grammar and Writing Tennessee Edition 1-6
Pearson Education Inc., publishing as Scott Foresman Scott Foresman Grammar and Writing Tennessee Edition 1-6
Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc. Shurley English Series K-8
Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc. Shurley English Series K-8
Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc. Shurley English Series K-8
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall Song of War: Readings from Vergil's Aeneid
Bedford, Freeman & Worth Speak Up!
Santillana USA Publishing Company Spotlight on English Student Series K-5
Bedford, Freeman & Worth St. Martin's Handbook
Zaner-Bloser Strategies for Writers K-8
Zaner-Bloser Strategies for Writers K-8
Zaner-Bloser Strategies for Writers K-8
Holt McDougal Tennessee Elements of Language, Fifth Course, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Tennessee Elements of Language, First Course, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Tennessee Elements of Language, Fourth Course, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Tennessee Elements of Language, Introductory Course, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Tennessee Elements of Language, Second Course, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Tennessee Elements of Language, Sixth Course, Student Edition
Holt McDougal Tennessee Elements of Language, Third Course, Student Edition
Bedford, Freeman & Worth The Bedford Reader
Bedford, Freeman & Worth The Bedford Reader
Holt McDougal The Challenge of Effective Speaking
Bedford, Freeman & Worth The Lanauge of Composition
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall The Little, Brown Handbook
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall The Prentice Hall Reader, AP Edition
Holt McDougal The Riverside Reader, Alternate Edition, Student Edition
Bedford, Freeman & Worth The St. Martin's Guide to Writing
Bedford, Freeman & Worth The St. Martin's Guide to Writing
Pearson Education, Inc., PA Prentice Hall The Writer's World: Essays
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Tresors du Temps Student Edition
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc. Vergil Workbook
Cengage Learning/Heinle Visions Series
Great Source Write for College
Great Source Write Source Grade 10
Great Source Write Source Grade 11
Great Source Write Source Grade 12
Great Source Write Source Grade 9
Great Source Write Source K-8
Great Source Write Source K-8
Great Source Write Source K-8
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Writer's Choice SE Grade 10
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Writer's Choice SE Grade 11
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Writer's Choice SE Grade 12
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Writer's Choice SE Grade 6
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Writer's Choice SE Grade 7
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Writer's Choice SE Grade 8
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Writer's Choice SE Grade 9
Great Source Writers INC.
Zaner-Bloser Zaner-Bloser Handwriting K-8


*An email from the Voyegar Learning folks says: "If I may, I would like to offer a kind correction to the Voyager Expanded Learning listing in your recent blog posting. Passport Reading Journeys 6-8, should be 6-9."

6 comments:

Nashteach said...

As an English teacher, my suggestion would be that they do not buy English Grammar and Composition books for 9-12, or that they buy enough for each teacher to have a class set. The literature texts we assign to every student have "grammar and mechanics handbooks" in the back with all the rules. Finding exercises to do is easy enough via xerox or- as you show us- google docs or something similar.

I have never known an English teacher to assign the writing assignments straight from the composition parts of these texts; they are always too complex with some specifics we want to tweak or revamp big time. The content and exercises are easily disseminated in other ways and already are in most cases.

There are much better ways to spend this money.

din819go said...

Nashteach -- how do you elevate your concerns and suggestions in MNPS to get them not to buy the books or do what you recommend? Do the high school english teachers have a way to present this as "one voice" to the district and propose an alternative?

Thanks --

Nashteach said...

I'll communicate my opinion, but I do not mean to imply in any way that my opinion speaks for all English teachers.

If it's the way it used to be (I was on a literature text selection committee about 8 years ago), there are about 5-7 teachers for high school that will meet for 2 days to review, discuss, and choose. I doubt that these committees will be overtly told "and one of your options is no text at all." The mnps committee will name its preference, but then the state will decide if it can fund. In other words, the way it was, is that mnps adopts but the state purchases mnps's choices. In some cases MNPS has chosen a series, but the state then decided to put off purchasing.

It was an interesting experience. The great part was that you get showered with books and ancillary materials by all the companies. On the days the committee meets, the publishers make presentations and give stuff like book bags, pens, notebooks. More materials and trinkets. But then, at some point in the process, we had to pledge and sign, before a notary public, that we had not received any monetary bribes from the companies.

Nashteach said...

I should have read the press release more carefully. This is imporant to note:

State Board of Education members make the final decision for the official list. Local school systems can then adopt textbooks from the official state textbook list for a six-year period.

Gary said...

I'm one of the authors of EMC's Expository Composition: Discovering Your Voice. Co-author Tony Romano and I based the book on years of successfully teaching student writers and creating a community of writers at our school (William Fremd High School in suburban Chicago).

If anyone has questions about the book, or if we can help you with your school's writing program, feel free to contact me: glanderson@d211.org. We're eager to help!

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