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2013 March English Journal, v102.4

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Issue Theme: Teaching English in the Age of Incarceration

Level(s): Middle, Secondary

ISBN/ISSN: 0013-8274


English Journal
Volume 102, Number 4, March 2013
Issue Theme: Teaching English in the Age of Incarceration

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From the Editor
Ken Lindblom

High School Matters: Breaking Free
Katie Greene
Abstract: Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.

EJ in Focus: Teaching English in the Age of Incarceration
Marc Lamont Hill, Guest Editor
Abstract: Incarceration rates are increasing at alarming rates, and schools are profoundly affected by the logic and imperatives of mass incarceration. English teachers must take action.

A World without Prisons: Teaching Confinement Literature and the Promise of Prison Abolition
Marc Lamont Hill
Abstract: Exposing students to canonical and contemporary slave, political, personal, and non-carceral confinement literatures provides space for discussing important issues of social justice.

Teaching in the Dark: The Promise and Pedagogy of Creative Writing in Prison
Deborah Appleman
Abstract: Creative writing can unlock creative potential, foster students’ love of language, and offer a powerful outlet for self-expression.

Songs of the Caged Birds: Literacy and Learning with Incarcerated Youth
Peter Williamson, Megan Mercurio, and Constance Walker
Abstract: Teachers plan and reflect on practices that can make a difference in the lives and literacy of incarcerated youth.

Building a Collective Understanding of Prisons
Larissa Pahomov
Abstract: Pairing Night by Elie Wiesel with Finding Freedom by Jarvis Jay Masters, a death-row inmate, encourages a critical examination of the purposes and effects of imprisonment.

Using To Kill a Mockingbird as a Conduit for Teaching about the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Steffany Comfort Maher
Abstract: Using a response-based cultural studies approach, the author engages students in contemporary issues of incarceration: single-parent homes, lynching and racial discrimination, the criminal justice system, and poverty.

Incarceration, Identity Formation, and Race in Young Adult Literature: The Case of Monster versus Hole in My Life
Tim Engles and Fern Kory
Abstract: Contrastive readings of YA novels can help students understand the role of race in culture and contribute to students’ process of identity formation.

Politely Disregarded: Street Fiction, Mass Incarceration, and Critical Praxis
Karin Van Orman and Jamila Lyiscott
Abstract: Street fiction is risky to teach, but it offers opportunities for meaningful, critical thinking about important voices that resonate with many students and populations that have been historically marginalized.

“I’m a reader”: Transforming Incarcerated Girls’ Lives in the English Classroom
Kristine E. Pytash
Abstract: Unproductive tensions are evident between a young incarcerated woman’s in-class practices and her literary life outside the classroom.

An Online Writing Partnership: Transforming Classroom Writing Instruction
Jane S. Townsend, Allan Nail, Jennifer Cheveallier, and Angela Browning
Abstract: Witness the evolution of a successful, innovative program in which preservice English teachers serve as writing consultants for eleventh-grade English students.

International Quidditch: Using Cultural Translation Exercises to Teach Word Choice and Audience
Donelle Ruwe
Abstract: Focusing students on British-to-American cultural translation problems in the Harry Potter series encourages students to understand connotation, denotation, and other important characteristics of English language.

Changing the Lens: The Necessity of Visual Literacy in the ELA Classroom
Chris Gilbert
Abstract: An analysis of Ebony and GQ magazine covers exposes race and class narratives and encourages students to become more aware of the ways in which other images connote cultural information.

Poem: Saturday Visitation
Janet Atkins

Three Poems
Jennifer Case

Adventures with Text and Beyond: Education for Empowerment: The Link between Multiple Literacies and Critical Consciousness
Scott Hubbard
Abstract: Adventures with Text and Beyond" explores various ways of teaching literary theory to high school and middle school students.

Mentoring Matters: Mentoring in Community
Rachel Malchow Lloyd
Abstract: "Mentoring Matters" focuses on effective ways to support new English teachers and student teachers.

Professional Writing in the English Classroom: Professional Collaborative Writing: Teaching, Writing, and Learning—Together
Jonathan Bush and Leah 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: To Read or Not to Read: Five Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare
Brandon Shoemaker
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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