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2014 May English Journal, v103.5

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Level(s): Secondary, Middle

ISBN/ISSN: 0013-8274


English Journal
Volume 103, Number 5, May 2014

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From the Editors
Julie Gorlewski and David Gorlewski

High School Matters: Finding Connections: The Power of Collegial Conversations and Collaboration
Katie Greene
Abstract: Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.

Who’s Normal Here? An Atypical’s Perspective on Mental Health and Educational Inclusion
Peter Smagorinsky
Abstract: The article uses autobiographical reflection to argue for mental health as an area of cultural difference that merits inclusion in multicultural education.

The Lives of a Poem
Tom Romano
Abstract: Through creative nonfiction, the author reveals his relationship over the past four decades with Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

Criteria for the Selection of Young Adult Queer Literature
Stephanie R. Logan, Terri A. Lasswell, Yolanda Hood, and Dwight C. Watson
Abstract: The authors of this article advocate for the inclusion of YA queer literature and seek to provide educational professionals with a set of criteria for selecting appropriate YA queer literature and incorporating it into the curriculum.

Using Nonfiction Texts to Teach Resistance in a Democratic Society
Kelly Welsh
Abstract: This article suggests that incorporating historical, nonfiction texts into the English classroom can assist teachers in illuminating historical struggles for justice and democracy, while empowering students to begin to see themselves as agents of social change.

Reading Images in American Born Chinese through Critical Visual Literacy
Melissa Schieble
Abstract: The author of this article conveys how teaching Gene Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese from a critical visual literacy approach enables students to gain a deeper understanding of Yang’s commentary on historic and modern stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans.

Urban Storytelling: How Storyboarding, Moviemaking, and Hip-Hop-Based Education Can Promote Students’ Critical Voice
Bettina L. Love
Abstract: This article explores some of the ways that hip-hop-based education can be introduced into the English classroom through allowing students to creatively and proactively develop counternarratives that challenge stereotypes about black youth and assist them in developing their own voices.

Me and the D: (Re)Imagining Literacy and Detroit’s Future
Danielle Filipiak and Isaac Miller
Abstract: The authors of this article discuss how they used a culturally relevant pedagogical framework, digital media, and an emphasis on collaboration to push their students to consider how they might positively transform themselves and their neighborhoods.

Curriculum as Encounter: Selves and Shelves
Emily Jane Style
Abstract: In this article, a veteran teacher expresses the importance of drawing on the life-texts of students and recognizing the ways that personal experience influences a student’s perception of the world.

The Moral of the Story: Young Adult Authors Speak on Morality, Obligation, and Age Appropriateness
Michael DiCicco and Paula Taylor-Greathouse
Abstract: This article presents the responses of some young adult authors to questions about morality, the writing process, and the obligation of the writer to his or her readers.

Poem: In the Mug Shot
Daniel Boster

Poem: Preferences
Jason A. Zevenbergen

Poem: Adam Spoke First
Melanie Swetz

Poem: Old Desks Linger
Jeanetta Jones Miller

Poem: Dear Ezra: A Commission for High School English Teachers
Dante Di Stefano

A Thousand Writers: Voices of the NWP: Your Summer of Making and Connecting
Chad Sansing
Abstract: This column seeks to explore the experiences of National Writing Project teachers as writers, teachers of writing, and educational leaders.

Carpe Librum: Seize the (YA) Book: Tough Talk: Books about Bullying
Pauline Skowron Schmidt, Jennifer Stuntz, and Emilee Hussack
Abstract: This column hopes to serve as a space dedicated to conversation about young adult literature and to celebrate adolescents, their reading, and their experiences by reviewing the texts that engage them.

Soft(a)ware in the English Classroom: Readers and Writers Rebooted: Teaching Software to Read the World
Tom Liam Lynch
Abstract: “Soft(a)ware in the English Classroom” seeks to identify the ways in which our teaching and learning lives are influenced by software.

Speaking Truth to Power: Reclaiming the Conversation on Education
Jason L. Endacott and Christian Z. Goering
Abstract: "Speaking Truth to Power" seeks to explore the experiences and possibilities that arise when educators speak Truth to power.

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