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Buchanan, Rebekah – English Journal, 2012
Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen assert that language-based pedagogy is not sufficient reading in the technology-driven society. Educators need to incorporate ways for students to read other signs and symbols and redefine what it means to be literate in a digital age. Still, there are many ways in which print-based texts can be used effectively…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Reading Material Selection, Language Arts
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Rodriguez, R. Joseph – English Journal, 2011
Using his own experiences as a reader, the author advocates for increased attention to diverse literatures. Since joining National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 1997, the author has worked with members who include preservice, beginning, and experienced educators and scholars; they have formed committees and founded groups for…
Descriptors: Social Change, Social Networks, English Instruction, Literary Genres
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Broz, William J. – English Journal, 2011
"Not reading," even for many good students, has become a mode of operation with respect to book-length texts assigned in school. Many students enter secondary and postsecondary literature classes "intending" to "not read" the books teachers assign. More students than teachers want to admit do not complete assigned reading, choosing instead to…
Descriptors: Literature, Reading Assignments, Teaching Methods, Teacher Expectations of Students
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Gatti, Lauren – English Journal, 2011
Curious about the connections between the author's students' reading tastes and those of 19th-century readers, the author read Nina Baym's excellent text "Novels, Readers, and Reviewers: Responses to Fiction in Antebellum America" to gain a sense of how readers in the 1800s might have thought about the texts that they read. Nineteenth-century…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, English Teachers, United States Literature, Novels
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Crisp, Thomas; Knezek, Suzanne M. – English Journal, 2010
While LGBTQ people may no longer need be considered the "invisible minority," LGBTQ books are often taken to be positive or affirmative based on their mere inclusion of gay people as characters. The authors believe the catalog of LGBTQ texts must continue to increase in both quantity and quality and that teachers must explicitly engage students in…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Adolescent Literature, Homosexuality, Sexual Identity
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Letcher, Mark, Ed. – English Journal, 2010
Of all the material in the English language arts curricula, poetry seems to cause the most consternation among teachers. For a number of teachers, and many students, poetry continues to be a difficult topic to teach and learn. In this article, the author focuses on the ways that young adult literature can help teachers expose their students to…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Textbooks, Young Adults, Teaching Methods
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Clark, Caroline T.; Blackburn, Mollie V. – English Journal, 2009
The authors' belief that using LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)-themed literature in schools is possible and necessary, coupled with students' sense that either it cannot or is not being done, prompted them to write this article. While the authors are sympathetic with students' perspectives, and agree that examples are limited, such…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Homosexuality, Literature, Student Attitudes
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Curwood, Jen Scott; Schliesman, Megan; Horning, Kathleen T. – English Journal, 2009
In this article, three authors collaborate in a powerful defense of teaching LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) literature for the good of all students. Curwood, one of three authors, discusses how one of the key ways that schools condone homophobia is by failing to include LGBTQ literature in the curriculum. Schliesman…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Homosexuality, Novels, Reading Materials
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Ellis, Viv – English Journal, 2009
English in schools is a productive curriculum space for young people to learn about sexuality, to develop a sense of their identity as sexual beings, and to understand the importance of equality and social justice. Drawing on John Dixon's theory of "personal growth," the author (a British educator) explains how teachers' attitudes about learning…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Homosexuality, Sexual Identity, English
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Tatum, Alfred W., Ed. – English Journal, 2009
Seeking ways to effectively mediate texts with troubled teens in troubling times is worth the investment. Text is a powerful tool for shaping positive life trajectories, especially for those teens being affected by vulnerable-producing conditions that interrupt positive human development. These conditions, coupled with poor literacy skills…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Literacy, Reading Materials, Correctional Education
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Letcher, Mark, Ed. – English Journal, 2009
In this article, the author highlights outstanding literature written for young adults that contains LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) themes, or contains LGBTQ characters. One of the most critically hailed books with LGBTQ characters from 2007 was Perry Moore's debut novel, "Hero" (Hyperion). This book won the Lambda…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Adolescent Literature, Awards, Authors
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Tatum, Alfred W., Ed. – English Journal, 2008
As a literacy consultant who has been working in a high school for close to two years to help close the reading achievement gap between low-performing and high-performing students, the author contends that while certain students may be "overserved" by the social climate of the school, he did not believe they were being "overserved" with texts in…
Descriptors: High Schools, Reading Materials, Reading Material Selection, Reading Achievement
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Walach, Stephen – English Journal, 2008
In May 2006, the summer-reading committee in the author's middle school debated the relevance of "So Far from the Bamboo Grove" by Yoko Kawashima Watkins and decided against using the book as a required summer-reading selection. Therefore, the author was interested in the controversy that erupted a few months later in Dover-Sherborn, a district…
Descriptors: World History, War, Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries
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Jacobs, Dale – English Journal, 2007
Historically, comics have been viewed as a "debased or simplified word-based literacy," explains Dale Jacobs, who considers comics to be complex, multimodal texts. Examining Ted Naifeh's "Polly and the Pirates," Jacobs shows how comics can engage students in multiple literacies, furthering meaning-making practices in the classroom and beyond.
Descriptors: Cartoons, Literacy, Literary Genres, Visual Literacy
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Whitaker, Sandra – English Journal, 2007
Using the overarching concept of the role of an outcast in society, high school teacher Sandra Whitaker persuades urban students to explore the relevance among their lives, the district-required reading, and research on historical and contemporary outcasts. From the unit, students gain an appreciation for Hawthorne and, importantly, ascertain the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Faculty Development, Student Motivation, Reading Materials
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