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2012 March English Journal, v101.4

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English Journal
Volume 101, Number 4, March 2012
Issue Theme: The Community in the Classroom

Level(s): Middle, Secondary

ISBN/ISSN: 0013-8274


English Journal
Volume 101, Number 4, March 2012
Issue Theme: The Community in the Classroom

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From the Editor
Ken Lindblom

From the Secondary Section: Community in the Classroom
Katie Greene and Karen Conn Mitcham
Abstract: Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.

An April Fool’s Day EJ Extra: Will Your Students Get the Joke? How to Plump a Paper
Douglas Pollock

EJ in Focus: Connecting the Classroom, Community, and Curriculum
Jim Burke
Abstract: Join the popular author and high school teacher as he brings the real world of work to his Generation Y students. He describes class projects, guest speakers, and other ways for helping students develop literacy skills that will help them find gainful employment.

Inviting Parents In: Expanding Our Community Base to Support Writing
Cathy Fleischer and Kimberly Coupe Pavlock
Abstract: Parents can be our greatest allies for ensuring effective writing instruction. Fleischer and Pavlock share strategies for engaging parents in supportive efforts with their children.

Digitalk as Community
Kristen Hawley Turner
Abstract: Students aren’t just texting; they’re participating as members of a community of writers, developing skills of voice, purpose, and audience awareness.

Wiki Literature Circles: Creating Digital Learning Communities
Elizabeth Edmondson
Abstract: Edmondson brings us literature circles for the 21st century.

Informal and Shared: Writing to Create Community
Deborah Dean and Adrienne Warren
Abstract: Informal writing can provide excellent ways to create a classroom community that heightens students’ writing skills.

Novelzine: Reading and Writing Community
Karin H. deGravelles, Jacqueline Bach, Yvette Hyde, Angelle Hebert, with Debra Hale, Alesha Cavanaugh, and Monica Kimbrough
Abstract: Four different English classes participate in an innovative writing project that’s novel in more than one way.

Powerful Writing: Promoting a Political Writing Community of Students
Fahima Ife
Abstract: For students to act as responsible citizens, they must become comfortable writing with and about power.

Where to Begin? Using Place-Based Writing to Connect Students with Their Local Communities
Lauren Esposito
Abstract: Esposito asks students to compose public service announcements that hit them where they live.

Bridging Gaps and Preserving Memories through Oral History Research and Writing
Amy Dayton-Wood, Laren Hammonds, Lisa Matherson, and Leah Tollison
Abstract: When students interview real people in their communities, they develop a more personal engagement with local history and a greater investment in purposeful research and writing.

“I Hate Group Work!” Social Loafers, Indignant Peers, and the Drama of the Classroom
Megan Lynn Isaac
Abstract: Real-world collaborations aren’t perfect. Learn strategies for structuring positive group interaction in your classroom.

Poem: Perfect Circle
Tasha Graff

Poem: The Boys Who Fish
Allisa Abraham Hall

Poem: Best Art is Force(d)
Peter Fernbach

Poem: Dead Sea Squirrels
Beth DeMeo

Adventures with Text and Beyond: Challenging Genre, Medium, and Text—Students as Authentic Readers and Writers
P. L. Thomas
Abstract: "Adventures with Text and Beyond" explores various ways of teaching literary theory to high school and middle school students.

Mentoring Matters: Rethinking Mentor Relationships
Heather Coffey
Abstract: "Mentoring Matters" focuses on effective ways to support new English teachers and student teachers.

Professional Writing in the English Classroom: Literature-Based Professional Writing: An Oxymoron Whose Time Has Come
Kelley R. Newhouse, Michele L. Propper, Ruth M. Riedel, and Barbara S. Teitelzweig
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: Punctuation: The Power and the Possibilities
Mary Heveron-Smith
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.

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