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ERIC Number: EJ898416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0022-8958
Evoking a Spirit of Play: M&M's[R] Stories and (Un)Real Possibilities for Teaching Secondary Literacy
Carlson, David Lee; Clay, Tracy
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v46 n4 p164-169 Sum 2010
Current research on the teaching of writing puts some secondary English teachers in a bind. While many teachers understand that the best ways for students to develop into strong writers is to encourage them to select personally relevant topics, de-emphasize mechanics, and provide opportunities to take risks, the message they receive from state and national policy makers is a different one. Though the research on the teaching of writing contests teaching to the test, secondary English teachers understand the impact state standards have on their teaching practices. Secondary English teachers need to develop strategies to mediate between the two ends of the tightrope--between preparing for standardized tests using formulaic strategies of writing and using fluid and playful strategies that encourage students to experience both work and pleasure. This article presents a sample lesson, conducted with a group of preservice secondary English teachers, which provides an example of how teachers can negotiate these conflicting strategies. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A