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2015 May English Journal, v104.5

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Level(s): Middle, Secondary

ISBN/ISSN: 0013-8274


English Journal
Volume 104, Number 5, May 2015

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From the Editors
Julie Gorlewski and David Gorlewski

High School Matters: Teaching Writing, Rather Than Writings
Stephen Heller
Abstract: Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.

Second City Teacher Training: Applying Improvisational Theater Techniques to the Classroom
Melissa Talhelm
Abstract: While the commonly explored teacher-as-performer metaphor emphasizes the role of the teacher, the teacher-as-improvisational-performer foregrounds the collaborative nature of learning and validates the role of students.

Teaching Writing with Radio
Sarah Levine and Johanna (Jones) Franzel
Abstract: Teachers with no radio experience can help their students draw on “real world” radio standards to write strong, specific, and effective pieces, and then use everyday technology to share students’ stories with the world.

The Emerging Shape of Voice
Sherry Seale Swain, Richard L. Graves, and David T. Morse
Abstract: This article details research exploring which rhetorical elements are associated with statewide assessment scores and considers the role and occurrence of voice in student writing to inform teaching practice.

A Queer Literacy Framework Promoting (A)Gender and (A)Sexuality Self-Determination and Justice
sj Miller
Abstract: While LGBT*IAGCQM students feel safer at school than ever before, the author advocates for a queer literacy framework to facilitate a new reading and legitimacy of (a)gender and (a)sexuality in the self and others.

The Multidimensionality of Children’s Picture Books for Upper Grades
Susan R. Massey
Abstract: Picture books are often seen as a valuable tool for younger readers. In this article, the author suggests that the multiple literacies required to read a picture book can provide scaffolding and transmission of additional concepts for older readers.

Making Meaning, Visibly: “Writing” and “Reading” Image Essays
Kathleen A. Reilly and Jennifer Goen
Abstract: The authors challenged a group of mixed-ability tenth-grade students to use complex, evocative images and class discussion to “see” how readers make meaning with literary texts.

Close to Home: Creating Meaningful Contexts for Student Writing through Community-Based Problems
David Alan Smith
Abstract: How does context affect student writing? The author suggests that problem-based learning can provide a meaningful context for students to develop, understand, and rehearse writing skills.

Becoming Facebook Friendly: Social Media and the Culturally Relevant Classroom
Joanne E. Marciano
Abstract: The author engages in a research study with a small group of twelfth-grade students to explore how students’ digital literacies, specifically Facebook, can help students meet the Common Core State Standards of college and career readiness.

Art as Meaning-Making in a Secondary School English Classroom: A “Secret Compartment” Book Project on Toni Morrison’s Beloved
Elaine Wang
Abstract: The secret compartment booklet offers a particularly challenging and valuable opportunity for students in secondary English classes to explore text through creating art and to engage students as active meaning makers.

Poem: Old Words When There Are No Others
R. M. Chase

Poem: Romeo and Juliet—Again
Lou Ventura

Poem: “ramble”
Simao Drew

Poem: On Being Asked by a Student
Stephen Granzyk

Speaking Truth to Power: Do We Need to Buy the Book? Teaching Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the Digital Age
Terri Pantuso

Book Reviews: Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing
Ken Lindblom

Carpe Librum: Seize the (YA) Book: “The More Things Change . . .”: A New Generation of Historical Fiction
Pauline Skowron Schmidt
Abstract: This column serves 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: Spreadsheets and Sinners: How and Why English Teachers Can Claim Their Rightful Place in STEM Education
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.

Continuous Becoming: Moving toward Mastery: The Breath of Life: The Power of Narrative
Anthony K. Sedun and Matthew G. Skillen
Abstract: “Continuous Becoming: Moving toward Mastery” offers suggestions, ideas, and experiences to help novice and veteran teachers discover their own roadmaps toward mastery.

Lingua Anglia: Bridging Language and Learners: One of These Things Is Not Like the Others: Assimilation, Acculturation, Education
Pamela J. Hickey
Abstract: “Lingua Anglia: Bridging Language and Learners” discusses critical, transformative, and powerful ways to support students’ acquisition of Standard English.

Under Discussion: Teaching Speaking and Listening: Defining “Participation”: A Rubric for Assessing Discussion Skills
Lisa M. Barker
Abstract: This column seeks to provide a forum in which we can lean on each other to investigate and improve the quality of our classroom discussion leadership.

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