2011 March English Journal, v100.4
Issue Theme: Beyond Grammar: The Richness of English Language
Level(s): Secondary, Middle
Stock No.: 98511
Volume 100, Number 4, March 2010
Issue theme: Beyond Grammar: The Richness of English Language
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Table of Contents
From the Editor
From the Secondary Section: Inspiring an Aesthetic Appreciation of Language
Kay Parks Haas
Abstract: Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.
EJ Extra: Masterpiece at 40: A Celebration
Carol Jackson Cashion
Abstract: PBS's Masterpiece website has many valuable resources for teachers.
Speaking My Mind: Why I No Longer Teach Vocabulary
Abstract: “Speaking My Mind” invites readers to speak out about controversial issues relevant to the teaching of English language arts.
EJ in Focus: Shifting Perspectives about Grammar: Changing What and How We Teach
Abstract: A highly regarded author and former junior high school English teacher considers the past, present, and future of English language teaching.
The Language of Power: Beyond the Grammar Workbook
Jill Ewing Flynn
Abstract: Being up front with students about Standard English as “the language of power” allows them to learn valuable lessons about Standard and non-Standard English dialects.
Sudden Possibilities: Porpoises, Eggcorns, and Error
Abstract: Don’t take this article “for granite.” Read it to find out how amusing mistakes can make for serious language instruction.
Linguistic Audacity: Shakespeare’s Language and Student Writing
Barbara A. Goodman
Abstract: Shakespeare molded language to meet his needs. Can students learn from his example?
De-centering English: Highlighting the Dynamic Nature of the English Language to Promote the Teaching of Code-Switching
John W. White
Abstract: Embracing the dynamic nature of English language can help students learn more about all forms of English.
A Cold Manipulation of Language
Melissa W. Noel
Abstract: The language features of Capote’s In Cold Blood help a high school teacher’s students learn more about how authors influence their readers.
Dangerous Words: Recognizing the Power of Language by Researching Derogatory Terms
Karen A. Keely
Abstract: Students confront offensive language head-on by researching its history and reconsidering its use in contemporary conversation.
Found in Translations: Using Multiple Versions of Translated Text for Close Analysis of Language
Abstract: A fortunate accident regarding contrasting translations of Elie Wiesel’s Night inspires a new way to help students focus on the subtleties of English language.
On the Richness of Grammar as an Analytical Lens in the Integrated Language Arts
Abstract: Studying grammatical features of Williams’s “The Red Wheelbarrow” and other rich texts can help students better understand how words evoke moods, settings, and more.
Beyond Grammar: The Richness of English Language, or the Zero-Tolerance Approach to Rigid Rules
Edgar H. Schuster
Abstract: The author of Breaking the Rules: Liberating Writing through Innovative Grammar Instruction shows how popular authors break rules and why students should be invited to do the same.
Reconsidering the Teaching of Style
Abstract: Why is the teaching of writing style mostly a thing of the past? Butler gives compelling reasons for bringing it back.
Poem: How Long Does My Poem Have to Be?
Poem: Personal Narratives for Freshman English
Poem: Dog Moon Turkey
Mentoring Matters: Five Lessons Learned from My Student Teachers
Abstract: "Mentoring Matters" focuses on effective ways to support new English teachers and student teachers.
Professional Writing in the English Classroom: Beyond Language: The Grammar of Document Design
Jonathan Bush and Leah A. Zuidema
Abstract: "Professional Writing in the English Classroom" publishes articles about teaching students to write effectively in the genres, conventions, and visual designs required for professional contexts and related rhetorical situations.
Research for the Classroom: The Power of Reflective Writing
Abstract: "Research for the Classroom" publishes mini-studies of ELA classroom practices and suggests ways in which high school and middle school English teachers may study the effectiveness of their pedagogy.
Teaching Young Adult Literature: This One’s for You, Jan Brady: Learning from the Outcasts
Abstract: "Teaching Young Adult Literature" describes innovative methods for engaging students in reading, writing, and discussing contemporary and classic literary texts written for adolescents.