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2013 May English Journal, v102.5

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Level(s): Middle, Secondary

ISBN/ISSN: 0013-8274


English Journal
Volume 102, Number 5, May 2013
Issue Theme: Steady Hands on the Rudder

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From the Editor
Ken Lindblom
Abstract: Editor Ken Lindblom talks about change in education and introduces the articles in this issue.

High School Matters: Jump Off the Pendulum! Staying Balanced within Educational Change
Amy Magnafichi Lucas
Abstract: Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.

EJ Extra: Mathematical Language and the Common Core State Standards for English
Lisa Berger
Abstract: Mathematical language is distinct from everyday language, and English language arts teachers could team with mathematics teachers to provide specialized support to students transitioning to more formal mathematical reading and writing.

Speaking My Mind: Poised to Partner: The 21st-Century School Librarian
Amy Jo Southworth
Abstract: “Speaking My Mind” invites readers to speak out about controversial issues relevant to the teaching of English language arts.

“Living Large and Taking Charge!” Students Read and Write Their Way to a High School Writing Center
Jane Greer and Djana Trofimoff
Abstract: Follow their yearlong journey as students visit college writing centers, interview experts, prepare proposals, and establish their own high school writing center.

The Authenticity Spectrum: The Case of a Science Journalism Writing Project
Angela M. Kohnen
Abstract: Students should be encouraged to explore authentic writing genres, but if those genres are not designed with a rich enough purpose and audience, the authenticity may be “latent” and not “functional.”

What Happens When High School Students Write in a College Course? A Study of Dual Credit
Howard Tinberg and Jean-Paul Nadeau
Abstract: Are students in dual-credit writing courses missing something they would have gotten in a traditional high school writing course?

Developing Academic Skills through Multigenre Autobiography
Sarah Bickens, Franny Bittman, and David J. Connor
Abstract: Historical research, interviews, deep reflection, and live presentation: this ten-chapter assignment fulfills Common Core State Standards as it engages students.

Hip-Hop Literature: The Politics, Poetics, and Power of Hip-Hop in the English Classroom
Lauren Leigh Kelly
Abstract: Hip-hop and rap have built an aesthetic and cultural relevancy that deserves its own high school course. Lauren Leigh Kelly teaches one now.

Embracing Intercultural Diversification: Teaching Young Adult Literature with Native American Themes
Kenan Metzger, Andrea Box, and James Blasingame
Abstract: Native American and non–Native American students can develop a richer understanding of US literary and cultural history by studying Native American themes.

Pencils Down: Is Mimicking the Behaviors of “Good Readers” Bad for Good Readers?
David Narter
Abstract: Interrupting the enjoyment of reading with prediction, annotation, vocabulary study, and other add-ons may distract proficient readers from the very kinds of reading we want them to do.

Challenging Perspectives on Young Adult Literature
Sean P. Connors
Abstract: With its focus on classics, the Common Core State Standards may reduce attention to YA literature. Connors uses a Peanuts comic strip to demonstrate the literariness of seemingly less-sophisticated texts.

Making an Impression: YA Authors and Their Influential Teachers
Brooke Eisenbach and Joan F. Kaywell
Abstract: S. E. Hinton, Walter Dean Myers, Erin Gruwell, Chris Crutcher, and many other popular YA authors describe in their own words what their teachers did for them.

Three Poems
Ben F. Nelms

Poem: The Newest Colossus, or When I Wasn’t Puerto Rican
Jeanine Wisniewski

Mentoring Matters: What Will You Tell New Teachers?
Thomas M. McCann
Abstract: "Mentoring Matters" focuses on effective ways to support new English teachers and student teachers.

Research for the Classroom: Standards, Standardization, and Student Learning
Julie Gorlewski
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: YA Literature Belongs in the Classroom Because . . .
Mike Roberts
Abstract: "Teaching Young Adult Literature" describes innovative methods for engaging students in reading, writing, and discussing contemporary and classic literary texts written for adolescents.

Success with ELLs: Working with English Language Learners: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Margo DelliCarpini and Orlando Alonso
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.

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