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Applebee, Arthur N.; Langer, Judith A. – English Journal, 2011
In the May 2009 issue of "English Journal", we reported on our analysis of data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress to provide a first look at changes in the teaching of writing over the past 30 years. In this article, we provide a more detailed look, drawing on data collected from visits to 260 English, math, social…
Descriptors: High Schools, Middle Schools, Interviews, National Surveys
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Hardwick-Ivey, Amy R. – English Journal, 2008
High school teacher Amy R. Hardwick-Ivey loves teaching vocabulary. She describes numerous activities that increase students' understanding of the nuances of language and their confidence in using language well.
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, English Teachers, English Instruction
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Smith, Kerri – English Journal, 2006
In this article, the author discusses the five-paragraph essay, a way of organizing ideas into an introduction with a main argument, three body paragraphs that develop that argument, and a conclusion that advances the argument a step further by way of application or tantalizing suggestion. She stresses the importance of teaching the five-paragraph…
Descriptors: Writing Strategies, Essays, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers
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Derrico, Regina Dunlavey – English Journal, 2005
Secondary English teachers are required to use a balanced approach to literacy while testing students' achievement and raising active citizens enriched by both literacy and democracy. Teachers should encourage students to participate in a variety of educational endeavors such as the SAT program.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Democracy, English Instruction, Literacy Education
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Daniels, Harvey – English Journal, 1974
The "Standard Written English" test newly added to the Scholastic Aptitude Test is reactionalry, unscholarly, and potentially discriminatory. (JH)
Descriptors: College Admission, Educational Discrimination, Educational Testing, English Instruction
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Hillje, Barbara Brown – English Journal, 1980
Shares some warnings and positive suggestions about preparing students for the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SATs). Urges teachers to concentrate on improving students' reading and writing skills rather than have students memorize long lists of big words. (RL)
Descriptors: Improvement Programs, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, Reading Rate