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Guler, Nilufer – English Journal, 2013
This article suggests effective approaches to teaching English language learners in ways that can be of benefit to all students in mainstream middle and high school English classes. The five approaches described herein that mainstream ESL teachers can do to make assessments more accurate and reliable, as well as to address heterogeneity, are: (1)…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Mainstreaming, Teaching Methods, Literacy
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Sovereen, Deanne – English Journal, 2013
"Research for the Classroom" publishes mini-studies of ELA classroom practices and suggests ways in which high school and middle school English teachers may study the effectiveness of their pedagogy. The author of this mini-study notes that it takes around six minutes per day of instructional time for students to remember most of the…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Recall (Psychology), English
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Bickmore, Steven T. – English Journal, 2013
Novice teachers often find themselves isolated; they are often assigned students with the most difficult challenges, with no mentor, and without professional learning to further develop the skills they began to acquire as student teachers. It is important to disrupt the institutionalized isolation of the novice teacher (Darling-Hammond and Sclan;…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teaching Methods, Beginning Teachers, Experienced Teachers
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Narter, David – English Journal, 2013
David Narter has taught English and AP Language and Composition at Leyden High School for 19 years. As a high school English teacher, it breaks his heart to see a gradual shedding of pleasure reading and its academic benefits. Yet, it is a trend he says he has grown familiar with among his best students, who, as they grow older, are taught that…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Recreational Reading, Metacognition, Reading Instruction
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DelliCarpini, Margo; Alonso, Orlando – English Journal, 2013
In the years since 2008, when the "Success with ELLs" column started, these authors have seen many changes to the educational landscape, not dealing specifically with ELLs, but having implications for their education. Probably, the most significant change has been the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which have no…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Standards, Language Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Khasnabis, Debi; Reischl, Catherine H.; Stull, Melissa; Boerst, Timothy – English Journal, 2013
There is an alternative to conventional teacher mentorship. The authors describe and analyze a promising model of mentorship where multiple mentees and mentors, each with varying levels of experience, engage collaboratively in the study of teaching practice. They have found that well-designed contexts in which beginning and experienced teachers…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teaching Methods, Beginning Teachers, Experienced Teachers
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Sardone, Nancy B. – English Journal, 2012
This article describes the assignments the author created to engage preservice teachers in designing instructional materials that befit today's students to help them overcome hurdles sometimes present when learning classic literature. Secondary and middle school English teachers may find these assignments useful as well so their students, too,…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Assignments, Classics (Literature), English Instruction
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Sass-Henke, Amanda – English Journal, 2012
One of the most important aspects of developing a close, personal relationship with literary characters is "relevancy." Readers have to find something to connect with in characters to care about them, and for that connection to take place, stories and their characters have to be relevant in the eyes of an adolescent to the point where they can…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Grade 6, Literature Appreciation, Middle School Students
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Bintz, William P. – English Journal, 2012
This article describes an instructional lesson the author developed to help students use parody to read and write original poetry. The author begins this article with an introduction to parody and a rationale for using it as an instructional strategy. Then, he describes materials and procedures he used and he shares samples of student writing. He…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Poetry, Graduate Students, Parody
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Ife, Fahima – English Journal, 2012
Literature that provokes readers to engage in activism is the author's favorite type of writing. For years she has celebrated the tradition of counterculture authors who advocated for a cause, using narratives to educate the world and elicit change. As a culminating project after a year of embracing dialogue and promoting writing for power, she…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Anthologies, Student Interests, Writing Attitudes
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Gillespie, Joanne S. – English Journal, 2012
Teachers put much effort into selecting books and planning literature activities that will engage their students. On reflection, the author recognized a need to give students more freedom to choose what to read. Research shows that "when students were provided opportunities to select which text(s) they would read for a given topic or unit,…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Authors, Middle School Students, Recognition (Achievement)
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Korneliussen, Kristin – English Journal, 2012
"Two, four, six, eight, we ain't gonna integrate!" the author's eighth-grade students shouted with gusto. They were reading "Warriors Don't Cry," Melba Patillo Beals's memoir about her experiences as one of the nine African American students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Each time those hateful words…
Descriptors: African American Students, Bullying, Grade 8, Middle School Students
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Cortez-Riggio, Kim-Marie – English Journal, 2011
Project "Green Footprint" is a local community environment project created by fifth-grade students to remind the citizens of their school (and Earth) to tread lightly on Mother Nature's creations. The students chose to focus on the air quality outside the school, specifically the carbon emissions produced by idling cars. Students complete Internet…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Pollution, Student Projects, Program Descriptions
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Cashion, Carol Jackson – English Journal, 2011
In 1971, the year that "Masterpiece Theater" premiered on WGBH, the public television station in Boston, the author's family lived in London for the summer. Her life that summer had the taste and texture of an English novel, and she loved every minute of it, which might explain not only her choice to become an English teacher but also her lifelong…
Descriptors: Public Television, Programming (Broadcast), Television Viewing, Teaching Guides
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Flynn, Jill Ewing – English Journal, 2011
Being up front with students about Standard English as "the language of power" allows them to learn valuable lessons about Standard and non-Standard English dialects. In this article, the author describes an eighth-grade language unit that helps students understand the value of dialects and standardized English. The author concludes that the…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, Dialects, English, Power Structure
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