Associate Professor in the School of Teacher Education,
Literacy Program
,  at Western Kentucky University

Welcome to my web site. This site contains areas of professional interest, links to educational sites, and information on current projects in which I am involved. 
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Using Storytelling to Develop Literacy Competencies

**Download PowerPoint Presentation - International Reading Associate Conference - Storyteller SIG**
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Mother-of-the-Bride Brag Book
Lindsey and T. J.'s Wedding
June 9, 2007

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Read along with Dr. Petty

LTCY 523
Diagnostic Reading Procedures for Classroom Teachers 

Glasgow Independent Schools

Summer Reading Academy

LALLI Professional Development

Perry Central High School
Content Area Reading Academy

Preparing 4 the Final 4:  Getting your Head in the Game  

LTCY 527
Literacy Learning and Cultural Differences
Just Think!
Western Kentucky University and the Housing Authority of Bowling Green  


Assistance - Strategies - Know How

Technology Training for Teachers

WebQuest Generator

WebQuests:  Understanding and Utilizing WebQuests as Teaching and Learning Tools 

PowerPoint:  Designing
Classroom WebPages

LTCY 528
Literacy Research Methods & Evaluation
Housing Authority of Bowling Green and WKU Grant - ICAN Learning Center Initiative Bluegrass Music WebQuest:   Bluegrass Music as a Reflection of Culture   NEW Electronic Portfolio System
NEW:  WKU Portal Ma
Housing Authority of Bowling Green and WKU Grant - WeeCAN Learning Center Initiative   LTCY 518   LTCY 444/G 421/G
Fall 2005

Field Assignments

Service Learning

LTCY 524
Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas
Fall 2008
Just Think! Professional Development for Tutors WKU Adult Literacy Clinic LTCY 320

A Boutique Approach to Online Instruction

WKU Field and Service Learning connections at HABG


SMED 530

Designing Instruction for Students with Special Needs and Promoting Literacy

WKU MAE-Literacy Program

Click here for more information on applying for MAE in Literacy Education and course listings

International Reading Association's Storyteller Special Interest Group

PowerPoint Presentation for TECSCU

San Diego - Jan 29, 2006


Comprehending Social Studies Concepts through Reading, Writing, and Technology in Middle Grades:
Making the Move and finding your Groove in On-line Instruction

Engaging the Spirit
August 2005

LTCY 420



Presentation for

Chicago - May 3, 2006

LTCY 080
College Reading Success
LTCY 522
Investigations in Reading

Assistive Technologies
 for Literacy Learning
LTCY 624
Seminar in Literacy Issues
LTCY 519
E-Train Express
College Reading Success
Supporting college readers
Middle School Transition READING Shelby County

Summer Reading Academy
Professional Development Support

Adult Education  Conference Presentation Resources: 
September 22, 2003.

Which came first the Writer or the Story? 

Mem Fox as "Queen of the World"

  Four-Blocks Literacy Model Resource Page 

PD Resources for Stevenson Elementary School PD Resources for Glasgow Middle School

Warren County Professional Development:  
Best Practices in Literacy Instruction 

Warren County PD for Middle/Secondary Literacy Instruction

Estes Elementary Professional Development:

Content Area Reading

Grayson County, Kentucky
Professional Development:  Teaching with the Internet
- July 2003

Grayson County, Kentucky
Reading and Thinking in the Content Areas - July 2005

 Parents and Reading

Columbia, KY (Adair County)

A Quest for the Best

A WebQuest for Best Practice
in Literacy Instruction

Literature Circles
Setting the Stage, Selling, and Savoring

  Praxis II Prep

Early Literacy Learning

Knott County, KY Literacy Institute
Excellence in Literacy Instruction

Lewisburg School

Prep for MCAT - Verbal Reasoning


Original WebQuests Developed by Pam Petty *



Beginning School

Social Studies

 Dr. Petty's Literacy Vignette
America's Promise Birth/Adoption Language Arts 


Technology Training For Teachers  Conflict Resolution Language Arts Links Research Methods
Four-Blocks Literacy Model of Instruction  Death and Grief Michigan Reading Association Presentation:  Which Came First the Story or the Writer:  Using Well-Known and Award Winning Authors as Models for Writing Higher Order Thinking Skills
Patriotic Themes in Country Music WebQuest Divorce Prime Time Family Reading - Bowling Green Public Library Creativity 
Persuasive Reading WebQuest Fears The Quiltmakers Gift Vygotsky in the Classroom
Olivia WebQuest  Feelings Creative Writing  Professional Portfolio Development 
E-Train Express Technology Initiative  Health Care-HIV/AIDS Emergent Literacy  Portfolio Assessment 
Children's Literature Homelessness Dr. Seuss Web Site On-Line Reading Links
Holes (Louis Sachar) Moving Early Reading Intervention Seasonal Activities 
Multicultural Literature for Adolescents New Baby Holes Christmas
Australian Diversity
in Children's Literature
Non-Traditional Families Bears Comps Survey 
Children's Literature   Index Special Needs Pigs Comps Paper 
Common Themes in Children's Literature Violence Folktales  -- Folklore  Poetry 
African American Children's Literature

Curriculum Links and Lesson Plans

Snowflake Bentley Scavenger Hunt Site 
Asian American Children's Literature Unit and Lesson Plans - all curriculum areas Watson's go to Birmingham Pam's Bookmarks
Children's Literature 
Places to Go  Support Storytelling  Freckle Juice
Hispanic American Children's Literature  Recommended Web Sites Technology     Pam Petty     
Native American Children's Literature Math  Technology in the Classroom   Award Winners
Children's Literature 
Science Computer Connections   Vygotsky - Powerpoint
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Read with Dr. Petty
This monthly feature will appear to keep friends and associates up with my current reading recommendations. 

I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstairs indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, and the noise of wind under the tiles.  Also, of endless books.  My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them.  There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents' interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books emphatically not.   Nothing was forbidden me.  In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves.  I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.
Voice of C. S. Lewis (Surprised by Joy)

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Historical fiction bringing to life the bubonic plague outbreak in Europe and the town that cut itself off from the world to isolate the outbreak.  Strong characters, surprising turns, and deep human turmoil, with an ending that will restore your faith in the human spirit. Based on actual events.
Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner

Weiner's 3rd book - I also loved Good in Bed and In Her Shoes - that weaves together the lives of 4 very different women who are all dealing with aspects of new motherhood.  An easy read that is pure pleasure - characters are developed and interesting.  Good read.

Blindness by Jose Saramago

Nobel prize-winning author, Saramago tells a story in this book unlike any I have ever read - or ever imagined.  This book will demonstrate for you just how close "civilized" people are from being hungry, desperate, victims and perpetrators.  Unknown people in an unknown land live out a drama that could happen to anyone, any place, at any time.  Yeah.  I know why he won the Nobel prize for literature. 

A Place Called Wiregrass - Michael Morris

Strong characters, unpredictable plot, social issues that touch many of our lives - this book takes you on a journey into everyday lives, struggles, and demons.  It also takes you to places you did not expect to go where forgiveness, compassion, and empathy reign. 

Just finished Michael Morris's latest book:  Slow Way Home.  The author scores again with fantastic character development and touching story.  This book will be of particular interest to those who work with children or families in crisis.

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

This book is more than a trip to Afghanistan - it is a trip into guilt, loyalty, friendship, and love.  The story is great, but it is in the telling of this story where the real genius of this author is revealed.  If this is not one of the best books you have ever read, please email me and let me know! 



The Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Yann Martel's amazing storytelling will keep you enthralled and surprised every step of the way.  You have to love a story that is spun with such fine thread.  Martel lulls you, then makes you question what you thought you knew.  I will be surprised if you can read this one just ONCE! 




The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

Part funny, part amazing, and completely touching, this cleverly-woven story will constantly amaze you and keep you a little off kilter. One thing is for sure:  you will never forget Christopher. 

The Center of Everything - Laura Moriarty

Childhood, adolescence and young adulthood weave in and out in the female protagonist Evelyn Bucknow.  She sees everything as black and white, right and wrong.  Then she learns that the "gray" areas can hold the greatest gifts of all.

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses - Bruce Feiler

As many of you know, I don't read a large number of non-fiction books. They have to come highly recommended and still they rarely hold my attention.  This book is an exception - a spiritually-driven adventure that I found very compelling.  I found the Internet to be a perfect resource for locating the ancient places referenced in the book.  Feiler will paint beautiful pictures in your mind that will make you thirst to know more about the region, the time, and the people who walked there. 

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