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2016 May Talking Points, v27.2

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Issue Theme: Whole Language in the 21st Century

Level(s): Elementary

ISBN/ISSN: 1522-6115

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Talking Points
Volume 27, Number 2, May 2016

Issue Theme: Whole Language in the 21st Century


From the Editors
Sally Brown and Deborah MacPhee

“They Teach Their Hearts Out”: Communicating the Importance of Writing
Sharon Zumbrunn
Abstract: Sharon Zumbrunn discusses a study concerning students’ (in grades 3–5) perceptions of the ways in which their teachers communicate the importance of writing. The findings have much to say about effective writing instruction.

“Even Though You Don’t Have Pretty Clothes, You Are Still a Princess”: Unpacking Princess Images in Picture Books
Ariel Robinson
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Abstract: The author critiques princess images in picture books and looks at their influence on children, especially girls. She advocates teaching media literacy so children can become more informed decision makers.

Learning Together in Holistic Online Critical Professional Development Spaces
Peggy Albers, Tuba Angay-Crowder, Sarah Turnbull, Aram Cho, Ji Hye Shin, Myoung Eun Pang, Christi Pace, Mandi Sena, Huan Wang, and Jin Kyeong Jung
Abstract: The authors describe a critical literacy professional development project called Global Conversations in Literacy Research through which participants from all over the world engage in live, issue-oriented discussions around literacy that are based on research and theory.

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