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2019 March English Journal, v108.4

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Issue Theme: Exploring Color Hierarchies

Level(s): Middle, Secondary

ISBN/ISSN: 0013-8274

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Issue Theme: Exploring Color Hierarchies

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS

FROM THE EDITORS
Toby Emert and R. Joseph Rodríguez

HIGH SCHOOL MATTERS: The Courage to See Clearly
Shekema Silveri
Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.

SPEAKING MY MIND: To Dismantle Racism, We Must Discuss It
Lorena Germán
“Speaking My Mind” invites readers to speak out about controversial issues relevant to the teaching of English language arts.

SPEAKING MY MIND: Starting with Students: A Framework for High School Reading
Amanda Lacy
“Speaking My Mind” invites readers to speak out about controversial issues relevant to the teaching of English language arts.

EVERYDAY COLORISM: READING IN THE LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSROOM
Sarah L. Webb
Sarah L. Webb provides an overview of colorism, addresses colorism in the English language arts classroom, and shares ideas for responding to colorism beyond the classroom.

COLOR BRAVERY: ON RACE FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE
Charles Ellenbogen and Mary Frances (Molly) Buckley-Marudas
After attending a performance of Macbeth with ninth graders who questioned the director’s casting decisions, the authors revisited their assumptions about race and teaching the play.

AESTHETICS OF WHITENESS: RACIAL HIERARCHIES IN FITZGERALD, HURSTON, AND BEYOND
Claire Cothren
In a comparative literature study, Claire Cothren guides students through notions of Whiteness by highlighting aesthetics associated with racially marginalized groups.

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN AND REIMAGINING THE CANON FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
Mario Worlds and Henry “Cody” Miller
Mario Worlds and Cody Miller argue that to disrupt racial hierarchies we must purposefully disrupt the canon of literature.

CRITIQUING NEOLIBERALISM AND POSTRACE DISCOURSE IN NARRATIVES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Sean P. Connors and Roberta Seelinger Trites
Using the dystopian novel Orleans as an example, the authors outline a framework for questioning the discourses students encounter in texts written for young adults.

“I DON’T LIKE HER”: UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS IN CROSS-CLASSROOM WRITING EXCHANGE
Amelia Gordon
When two Ohio teachers updated the idea of pen pals, they experienced race-related challenges they did not foresee.

READING REPRESENTATIONS OF RACE: CRITICAL LITERACY AND FERGUSON
Summer Melody Pennell
Working as a team, three teachers created an interdisciplinary course for middle schoolers to examine issues of social justice.

STUDENT ACTIVISTS AND AUTHORS: CONTEMPORARY YOUTH VOICES AS CLASSROOM TEXTS
Brian T. Kissel, Colleen E. Whittingham, Tasha Tropp Laman, and Erin T. Miller
The rash of school shootings across the United States instigated a spate of student activism and led the authors to consider how to showcase the voices of the activists as examples of persuasive writing.

THE POET AND ME, THE WRITER AND YOU
Tom Romano
A veteran teacher reflects on his career and his relationship with a poet that began in his second-period English class in 1967.

POEM: THE POET
Matthew J. Spireng

POEM: TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
Alexa Garvoille

POEM: the philosophy of gerunds (my mother is dying)
P. L. Thomas

BEYOND BINARY GENDER IDENTITIES: Welcoming Discussions of Gender Identity in Public Schools
Aila Alvina Boyd
A theater arts teacher discovered that her students and colleagues were more accepting than she expected when she came out as transgender.

JOURNEYS INWARD: Choking on Teaching
Matthew Beery
When a near-fatal classroom incident exposed the author’s vulnerability, it reinvigorated his teaching journey.

FROM CAMPUS TO CLASSROOM: An Other Story of Diversity and Identity
Bria LeeAnn Coleman
A preservice teacher considers how her experiences as a woman of color have shaped her understandings of identity and diversity in the classroom.

BOOKS-IN-ACTION: New Possibilities for Antiracist Pedagogy
Erin T. Miller
Erin T. Miller reviews a recently published teacher narrative about spending a year examining race and racism with a group of mostly White high schoolers in Minnesota.

CRITICAL GLOBAL LITERACIES: Exploring the Global Landscape through Digital Poetry
Sylvia Vardell
An author of books for young people that include poetry anthologies explains how “digital” poems help students develop global perspectives.

TEACHING SHAKESPEARE: Difficult Questions and Teaching The Merchant of Venice
Jeff Blair
The column editors invited a teacher to share reading and teaching ideas for The Merchant of Venice and explain an analytical approach based on analogy, antithesis, and ambiguity in the play.

BOOKENDED: From Awkward to Still Awkward, but More Chill
Thanhhà Lai

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