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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Pamela J. Farris  

Pen Name: P.J. Farris


Audience: Adult; Children; Children;


-- Pamela J. Farris on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Dr. Pamela J. Farris is Professor of Literacy at Illinois State University in the School of Teaching and Learning.

Biographical and Professional Information

Author and Educator, Farris is included in the Illinois Reading Hall of Fame, and received IRA s Arbuthnot Award for Outstanding Professor of Children s Literature in 2012. She has written articles and books on the teaching of social studies, and is also the author of ''Crossover Dribble'', a middle-grade novel. She wrote ''Presidents from the Prairie State'' because each of these four men had humble beginnings, overcoming incredible odds to become President of the United States.Dr. Farris is actively involved in numerous professional associations, including the Association for Curriculum and Supervision, the Children's Literature Assembly, Delta Kappa Gamma, the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, Phi Delta Kappa and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Farris has published widely in the areas of literacy and teacher education. A former elementary teacher, she is recognized for her ability to put theory into practice. Before becoming a Professor of Literacy at Illinois State University in the School of Teaching and Learning, Farris was a presidential teaching professor in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Dr. Farris went to NIU after receiving her doctorate at Indiana State University in 1980.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Young Mouse and Elephant :
ISBN: 0395739772. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1996.

Young Mouse, sure he is the strongest animal on the African savannah, goes in search of the elephant, to "break it apart and stomp it to bits."

Teaching, bearing the torch.
ISBN: 0072387270. OCLC Number:

Mcgraw-Hill,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1999.

Elementary and middle school social studies :
ISBN: 1577665066. OCLC Number:

Waveland Press,. Long Grove, Ill. :. ©2007.

"Continuing the tradition of excellence, Distinguished Teaching Professor Pam Farris joins with leading experts to offer pre- and in-service teachers an accessible blend, of theory and practice for involving students in their learning. NCSS Standards act as the foundation of the text's interdisciplinary and multicultural focus, and Standards-Linked Lesson Plans are included within the chapters. The Fifth Edition provides practical yet creative ideas to stimulate students' interest, help them become good decision makers, use previously gained knowledge as a scaffold for further learning, develop a positive self-concept, gain an appreciation for the aesthetics of a subject, and become productive citizens."--Jacket.

Teaching reading :
ISBN: 0072360704. OCLC Number:

McGraw-Hill,. Boston, Mass. :. ©2004.

Language arts :
ISBN: 1577663632. OCLC Number:

Waveland Press,. Long Grove, Ill. :. ©2005 [i.e. c2004]

Crossover dribble /
ISBN: 1932278435. OCLC Number:

Mayhaven Pub.,. Mahomet, IL :. ©2007.

"Strong male characters lead the reader quickly into thirteen-year-old Joe's choices, decisions, and mistakes as he moves through life's surprises and disappointments in corn fileds, cow pastures, pig pens, and on a gravel basketball court."--Back cover.

Language arts :
ISBN: 1577666836. OCLC Number:

Waveland Press,. Long Grove, Ill. :. ©2011.

Presidents from the Prairie State :
ISBN: 193227894X. OCLC Number:

Mayhaven Pub. Inc.,. Mahomet, Ill. :. ©2013.



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