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2015 October Talking Points, v27.1

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Level(s): Elementary

ISBN/ISSN: 1522-6115


Talking Points
Volume 27, Number 1, October 2015

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From the Editors

“How Do You Have Two Moms?” Challenging Heteronormativity While Sharing LGBTQ-Inclusive Children’s Literature
Selena E. Van Horn
Abstract: Selena Van Horn uses inquiry in a second-grade book club to investigate the rich questions children have about differences among people and to help her students learn to challenge heteronormative texts. A selected list of LGBTQ-inclusive children’s literature is included.

Socialization to Writing: When Writing Is Not “School-Like”
Cheu-jey Lee and Penn Lee
Abstract: Cheu-jey Lee and his eight-year-old daughter Penn demonstrate through their written conversations how writing is a social practice that is both situated within and informed by multiple Discourses.

Making Sense with Informational Texts: The Interactive Read-Aloud as Responsive Teaching
Laura May and Gary Bingham
Abstract: Authors May and Bingham advocate for interactive read-alouds of informational texts as an avenue for supporting literacy development while building on the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse children.

Professional Resources
Abstract: This issue’s Professional Resources column includes a short article on inquiry by NCTE president Kathy Short, who points out that for inquiry to be student-driven, students need to do more than solve a problem presented by a teacher: they must pose the problem themselves. Also included are brief reviews of four recent books about language, a list of “classic” books on inquiry, and a profile of an early-career teachers, study group in Columbia, South Carolina.

WLU on the Move!
Abstract: President’s Message and Board News.

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