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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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Collins, Kate O'Brien – English Journal, 2021
In this article, Kate Collins begins by explaining how she discovered that "Hamilton: An American Musical," a Broadway show that incorporates a mix of musical genres: hip-hop, jazz, classic show tunes, and show-stopper numbers based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, could be brought into her teaching as a rich resource for her high…
Descriptors: Music, Popular Culture, Teaching Methods, High School Students
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Evans, Rachel A.; Goering, Christian Z.; French, Seth D. – English Journal, 2021
When schools in Arkansas and most of the country shut their physical doors and moved to remote instruction in March 2020, Rachel Evans, Christian Goering, and Seth French planned to engage in a multifaceted experience that bridged personal narrative writing, songwriting, and podcasting. Undaunted by the shutdown, they offered Evans' ninth-grade…
Descriptors: Music, Singing, Student Attitudes, Audio Equipment
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Chisholm, James S.; Jamner, Jeffrey; Whitmore, Kathryn F. – English Journal, 2021
In this article, the authors describe how integrating music with reading and writing practices stimulated transmediation to (1) honor musical students' identities, (2) deepen readers' meaning making with literature, and (3) invite writers' memories to generate emotional grist for composing poetry. The authors share examples to inspire teachers to…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Self Concept, Teaching Methods
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Wagner, Michelle – English Journal, 2021
"Transcendentalism" refers to philosophical, religious, and literary beliefs held by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Amos Bronson Alcott, and other writers in New England during the 1830s and 1840s. Emerson believed in the significance of one's intuition and individuality. He expresses these beliefs in his…
Descriptors: Singing, Teaching Methods, English, Grade 11
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Moore, Jazmen; Paris, Django – English Journal, 2021
Chosen spaces are community organizations and programs, elective classes, and/or extracurricular clubs that students choose to participate in and have the agency to refuse their membership in. The youth's chosen spaces represent an alternate possibility for what English language arts (ELA) education could look like and how it might better sustain…
Descriptors: Singing, Self Concept, English, Language Arts
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Leekeenan, Kira; White, Holland – English Journal, 2021
In this article, the authors share what they learned from their study of writing communities, which they refer to as writing groups, during the 2017-18 school year. The authors propose a conceptual framework for writing groups that engages students in the process of designing and participating as writers with their peers. The framework emphasizes…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Peer Relationship
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Jensen, Amber; Shaughnessy, Morgan – English Journal, 2021
In this article, the authors share discoveries about how taking risks can expand students' and teachers' narrow experiences with academic writing. The article outlines four teaching strategies one of the authors implemented in her classroom, highlighting how these strategies fostered student and teacher flexibility, agency, and confidence in…
Descriptors: Experimental Teaching, Writing Instruction, Language Arts, English Teachers
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