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Hash, Peaches – English Journal, 2021
Student enjoyment is important when creating any unit, but teachers should also consider if an activity will enhance learning. In addition to being enjoyable, drama-based activities enrich learning by disrupting passivity, encouraging participation, and enhancing comprehension. This article showcases ways to include these activities in a unit…
Descriptors: Literary Genres, Classics (Literature), Drama, Teaching Methods
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Dunlop, Shekema S. – English Journal, 2021
Teachers sharing music in their classrooms is all about establishing a sense of mutual trust and respect for their students. Shekema S. Dunlap invites her students into the innermost sanctums of her world and humbly ask that they allow her into theirs. The sharing of music becomes an exchange among equals, forcing their learning space. In this…
Descriptors: Music Activities, Teaching Methods, English Curriculum, African American Teachers
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Kersulov, Michael L.; Falch, Kelly; Hartwig, Anna – English Journal, 2021
During the fall of 2019, the chaotic American political landscape was charged with scandal, debate, and accusations. As a result, students would often bring local and national politics into the authors' high school English language arts (ELA) classes. Instead of ignoring the students' heated debates in the classroom, the authors decided to embrace…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Debate, Politics, High School Students
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Ashley, Adele Bruni – English Journal, 2021
When teaching a Drama and Theater class the author's students chose August Wilson's "Fences" to focus on the teaching of "dramatic" texts. As the author reread Wilson's play, she noticed that within the first pages is the n-word, used in conversation between two African American men, two friends, and it became an immediate…
Descriptors: Drama, Teaching Methods, Language Arts, Graduate Students
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Flemming, Stephen R. – English Journal, 2021
Having students read news articles or novels, watch television snippets, engage in class discussions, essay-writing, emailing, and drafting letters are excellent ways to broach any number of society's systemic and oppressive social maladies. Engaging in these activities in the English language arts classroom can serve as a catalyst to encourage…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Scripts, Social Problems, Social Justice
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Esposito, Lauren – English Journal, 2021
Authentic writing allows students to write for audiences other than the teacher for reasons that matter to them and that lead to changing how an audience thinks, feels, or acts. How can teachers prioritize authentic writing instruction and help students become successful writers? Lauren Esposito does this through improv, an art form that develops…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Creative Activities, Writing Instruction, Authentic Learning
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Macro, Katherine J. – English Journal, 2021
Teacher-researcher, Katherine Macro spent six weeks observing an eleventh-grade Advanced Placement and Composition class at Sunnybrooke Central High School to examine the teacher's use of creative drama to teach Shakespeare. In this article, Macro describes ways the instructor used theater-based instructional strategies, especially a staged…
Descriptors: Drama, Grade 11, High School Students, English Instruction
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Campbell, Harrison Michael – English Journal, 2021
In this article, classroom researcher Harrison Campbell recounts his research into the literacy experiences of eight junior high (grades 8 and 9) students over the course of a school semester in Western Canada. Using phenomenological inquiry, Campbell invited students into a process of making meaning through experience. These experiences, brought…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 8, Grade 9, Drama
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Lucy, Breanne R. – English Journal, 2021
A teacher remembers her classroom as it used to be before the pandemic as she prepares for a new year of unknowns. Brieanne R. Lucy reflects how before COVID-19 and schools were closed, students in her English class would stand in a circle and read their first thoughts aloud. Students would showcase their command of repetition for effect, sensory…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Classroom Environment, Teaching Methods
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Jasper, Jessica J.; Dvorak, Laura L.; Athanases, Steven Z.; Sanchez, Sergio L. – English Journal, 2021
For the last several years, teacher-researchers Jessica Jasper, Laura Dvorak, Steven Athanases, and Sergio Sanchez have partnered with a program called Globe Education, Shakespeare's Globe London. Practitioners in the program use teaching practices that engage learners with Shakespeare's works and other complex texts through drama practices. Jess…
Descriptors: English Literature, Drama, Teaching Methods, Middle School Students
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Lathrop, Ben – English Journal, 2021
After watching his fifth-grade son perform in "The Taming of the Shrew," Ben Lathrop realized that having learned the play through performance, his son found the experience enjoyable. Moreover, his acting decisions (movements, gestures, vocal inflections) demonstrated that he had at least some understanding of his lines, suggesting that…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Empathy, Academic Achievement, Language Arts
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Arredondo, Jorge Luis – English Journal, 2021
In this article, Jorge Arredondo begins by describing an experience he had in his Houston, Texas high school where his teacher and a librarian via a collaborative unit made literature come alive for him. His experience later influenced his English language arts (ELA) career in public education and inspired him to do the same for his students. Now…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Literature, Teacher Influence, School Libraries
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Guggenheim, Aaron; Glover, David; Mejia, Alexia Gisel Alvarado – English Journal, 2021
In this article, the authors (Aaron Guggenheim, a White cisgender researcher and English Language Arts (ELA) teacher, and David Glover, a mixed-race, cisgender former ELA teacher) explore how a digital writing project on podcasting enacted with eleventh and twelfth graders provided opportunities to uncover the students' hidden identities as…
Descriptors: Audio Equipment, English Instruction, Language Arts, Teaching Methods
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Shanahan, Eileen; Kim, Min-Young – English Journal, 2021
On a February morning, Ms. Nelson (all names pseudonyms) was preparing her eleventh-grade class for a new unit with the goal of crafting arguments about the people and issues present in the classic novel "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. As, teacher educators Eileen Shanahan and Min-Young Kim were observing in the classroom, it was…
Descriptors: Grade 11, High School Students, Teaching Methods, Novels
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Griffith, Jason J. – English Journal, 2021
Process texts are published works that pull back the curtain on composition to show the techniques, tools, technologies, procedures, and/or inspirations of the creative process. Process texts also emerge mostly from nonfiction genres including memoirs, documentary films, and podcasts. In this article, educator Jason Griffith shares ways teachers…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Creative Writing, Instructional Materials
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