2011 May English Journal, v100.5
Issue Theme: Advances in Teaching English
Level(s): Middle, Secondary
Volume 100, Number 5, May 2011Issue Theme: Advances in Teaching English
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Table of Contents
From the Editor: Tips for Teachers to Publish in English Journal
From the Secondary Section: Using the “Smallest Parts” to Build a National Community of Professionals
Amy Magnafichi Lucas
Abstract: Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.
Speaking My Mind: con·cis·if·y (kən-sīs-əf-ī): v. To make concise.
Richard A. Mitchell Jr.
Abstract: “Speaking My Mind” invites readers to speak out about controversial issues relevant to the teaching of English language arts.
Not Reading: The 800-Pound Mockingbird in the Classroom
William J. Broz
Abstract: Do your students accept your invitations to read, or do they decide to not read instead?
Building Fantasy Worlds Together with Collaborative Writing: Creative, Social, and Pedagogic Challenges
Ryan M. Rish and Joshua Caton
Abstract: An assignment inspired by fanfiction encourages students to create collaboratively designed fantasy worlds.
Survivor: Satis House: Creating Classroom Community while Teaching Dickens in a Reality-TV World
Abstract: Engaging students in contemporary reality-show parodies based on Great Expectations, Bucolo helps students explore the intricacies of Dickens’s novel.
Using Online Role-Play to Promote Collaborative Argument and Collective Action
Candance Doerr-Stevens, Richard Beach, and Elizabeth Boeser
Abstract: Students use online role-play to collaborate and change real school policy.
Career Portfolios: Whose Traditions Count?
Seriously Popular: Rethinking 19th-Century American Literature through the Teaching of Popular Fiction
Abstract: Gatti’s students analyze differences between their own reading tastes and those of 19th-century readers, and in the process they breathe new life into several canonical texts.
Tiered Texts: Supporting Knowledge and Language Learning for English Learners and Struggling Readers
Barbara Moss, Diane Lapp, and Mary O’Shea
Abstract: Using snippets of engaging classroom dialogue, the authors highlight the value of teaching complex literary works by reading several texts at increasing levels of difficulty.
Multimodal Literacies in the Secondary English Classroom
William C. Sewell and Shawn Denton
Abstract: Technology-infused assignments—such as public service announcements, creating fictitious holidays, and writing music hall-of-fame induction speeches—can engagestudents’ creativity and critical thinking.
The Power of the Listening Ear
Abstract: Do we spend enough time developing students’ listening skills?
Reviewing Student Papers Electronically
Abstract: Dunford offers a primer on using Microsoft Word’s reviewing software to respond to student writing.
A Relationship with Literature
Abstract: A well-known teacher and writer narrates his lifelong relationship with a major American poet.
Two Voice Poem: A Conversation with Writers on Writing
S. Rebecca Leigh and Ron Cramer
Abstract: In a unique format, the authors reference more than 30 well-known writers to raise issues about composition and teaching writing.
Challenging Texts: Teaching Deliberately: Reading Henry David Thoreau’s Walden
Abstract: "Challenging Texts" explores various ways of teaching literary theory to high school and middle school students.
Innovative Writing Instruction: When It Happens “Across”: Writing as Transformative and Expansive
Abstract: "Innovative Writing Instruction" publishes new approaches to the teaching of writing in high school and middle school.
Mentoring Matters: Valuing Inexperience: Using Collegial Language to Support Novices
Abstract: "Mentoring Matters" focuses on effective ways to support new English teachers and student teachers.
Research for the Classroom: Graphic Novels in the Classroom: Curriculum Design, Implementation, and Reflection
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.
Success with ELLs: Supporting ELLs Before, During, and After Reading
Abstract: "Success with ELLs" suggests effective approaches to teaching English language learners in ways that can be of benefit to all students in mainstream middle and high school English classes.