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2011 November English Journal, v101.2

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English Journal
Volume 101, Number 2, November 2011

Issue Theme: Students Reading and Writing for Their Own Purposes

Level(s): Middle, Secondary

ISBN/ISSN: 0013-8274


English Journal
Volume 101, Number 2, November 2011
Issue Theme: Students Reading and Writing for Their Own Purposes

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From the Editor
Ken Lindblom

From the Secondary Section: Reading and Writing with Purpose: In and Out of School
Janet Atkins

From the Secondary Section: Through Their Eyes: Remembering September 11, 2001
Jeanette Toomer

EJ Extra: 2010 Honor List: A Small, Small World
James Blasingame Jr., Alleen Pace Nilsen, and Don L. F. Nilsen
Abstract: The authors review their list of most outstanding YA books of 2010.

Creative and Critical Engagement: Constructing a Teen Vision of the World
Erica DiMarzio and Ryan Dippre
Abstract: Two high school teachers and their students collaborate on student-written and student edited anthologies of creative writing.

“I Can’t Believe We Read This Whole Book!”: How Reading for Their Own Purposes Affected Struggling Teens
Carol A. Smith and Suzanne Scuilli
Abstract: A classroom teacher and a literacy coach describe how a student’s attempt to derail a lesson became an opportunity to design a student-directed curriculum based on highlighting students’ purposes for reading and writing.

Making the Classics Matter to Students through Digital Literacies and Essential Questions
Jonathan Ostenson and Elizabeth Gleason-Sutton
Abstract: Students read The Scarlet Letter with enthusiasm when the teachers tie it to questions about risky behavior and a multimedia project.

“Signs of Life” in the High School Classroom: Analyzing Popular Culture to Provide Student Choice in Analytical Writing
Shannon Falkner
Abstract: Falkner offers a user-friendly approach to semiotics that engages students in critical examination of popular culture they’re already immersed in.

Purpose beyond Their Years: Students Analyze Future Genres
Lisa Beckelhimer
Abstract: Using an examination of comics as a model, students are exposed to genre analysis, examining forms of writing they are likely to encounter in their future professions.

They Can Get There from Here: Teaching for Transfer through a “Writing about Writing” Course
Jennifer Wells
Abstract: Students select writing genres to investigate based on their future college major/field interests.

When I Stopped Writing on Their Papers: Accommodating the Needs of Student Writers with Audio Comments
Sara Bauer
Abstract: A teacher finds using software to make audio comments on students’ writing improves students’ understanding of her responses and increases their willingness to take her suggestions for revision more seriously.

Twenty-First-Century Adolescents, Writing, and New Media: Meeting the Challenge with Game Controllers and Laptops
Hannah R. Gerber and Debra P. Price
Abstract: The authors provide suggestions for using popular video games to engage students in authentic expository, persuasive, and creative writing.

Mindcrime and Doublethink: Using Music to Teach Dystopian Literature
Daniel Ian Rubin
Abstract: This high school teacher uses a 1988 concept album from the heavy metal band Queensrÿche to broaden students’ connections to Orwell’s classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Asking and Arguing with Fact and Fiction: Using Inquiry and Critical Literacy to Make Sense of Literature in the World
Deb Sawch
Abstract: Asking students to examine the dynamic between fiction and nonfiction can lead to a culture of critical inquiry and help students develop critical literacy.

Poem: First Day of Class
Michael Hettich

Poem: Steve
Corey Rose

Poem: Synthesis
Wes Robinson

Poem: Talking Video Games with my Stepson, 12 Years Old
Robbin Jack Brimhall

Poem: Assessment
Paul Willis

Challenging Texts: Decoding Teacher and Student Identity with Jay-Z
Brent McKeown
Abstract: "Challenging Texts" explores various ways of teaching literary theory to high school and middle school students.

Mentoring Matters: Teaching English as a Subversive Activity: Advice for New Teachers
Thomas M. McCann
Abstract: "Mentoring Matters" focuses on effective ways to support new English teachers and student teachers.

Professional Writing in the English Classroom: Student Writers as Problem Solvers in Literature Classrooms
Dawn Reed; Katie Greene
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: Trying on Reciprocal Teaching: A Novice’s Struggle Becomes a Veteran’s Success
Shannon S. Moon
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: Making Magic with YAL
Jeannette Haskins
Abstract: "Teaching Young Adult Literature" describes innovative methods for engaging students in reading, writing, and discussing contemporary and classic literary texts written for adolescents.

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