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ERIC Number: EJ967756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1553-9318
Combining Classic Literature with Creative Teaching for Essay Building in an Inclusive Urban High School Classroom
Connor, David J.; Bickens, Sarah; Bittman, Fran
TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, v5 n6 Article 3 Jul 2009
The urban inclusive high school classroom is a challenge for both students with disabilities and their teachers. Pressure is intensified when a year long course of study ends in a mandated state examination in English Language Arts, required for student graduation. This article highlights the experiences of two teachers in a New York City inclusive high school serving a very diverse student body. Both teachers work collaboratively with special educators and share ways in which they successfully engage all of their students in a multicultural curriculum featuring both traditional and "modern classic" texts. Three important inter-connected topics addressed include: (1) discussing examples of classic traditional and multicultural literature; (2) creatively teaching classic literature to stimulate student engagement and original thinking; and, (3) using student knowledge about classic literature to teach sub-skills necessary for writing a strong essay that will serve them well for the state mandated exam, and ultimately, in college. (Contains 11 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York