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Hsieh, Betina – English Journal, 2012
Throughout the author's 10 years in the middle school classroom, Anne Frank remains one of the most powerful figures that her students take away from their eighth-grade year. At first glance, her students don't think they share much more than their age with the World War II heroine. They are from almost every part of the world "except" Europe;…
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Violence, Adolescent Literature, Foreign Countries
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Connolly, Maureen; Giouroukakis, Vicky – English Journal, 2012
According to a 2009 AP-MTV survey of 1,247 people ages 14-24, 50% of those surveyed have experienced cyberbullying (Gatti 1). Victims were twice as likely to need help from a mental health professional and were three times more likely to drop out of school than those surveyed who did not report being cyberbullied (5). Given this alarming social…
Descriptors: Bullying, Computer Mediated Communication, Adolescents, Victims
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Annable, Jill – English Journal, 2012
A few weeks into the marking period, the author's eighth-grade students took an all-essay literature test. While grading the tests, she noticed that students made many grammatical errors. It seemed clear that a new approach to grammar instruction was necessary. Staring at this stack of essay tests draws the author in to the concept of…
Descriptors: Grammar, Essay Tests, Standardized Tests, Metacognition
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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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deGravelles, Karin H.; Bach, Jacqueline; Hyde, Yvette; Hebert, Angelle – English Journal, 2012
How might team teaching, young adult novels, and zines work together to engage students in thinking about, writing about, and building community? Four researchers worked with three eighth-grade English teachers and one student teacher to find out. The four eighth-grade English teachers teach as a team, meeting formally at least once a week to plan…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Novels, Team Teaching, Student Teachers
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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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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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Emert, Toby – English Journal, 2010
English teachers share the blame for the lack of imaginative responses from students to the texts they bring to students, given their penchant for focusing on the most technical elements of literature rather than on its emotional resonance. In classrooms, teachers often concentrate too heavily on what Janet Allen calls the "products" of their…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, English Teachers, Poetry, Language Arts
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Applebee, Arthur N.; Langer, Judith A. – English Journal, 2009
It has been almost 30 years since the last systematic look at writing instruction in middle schools and high schools in the United States (Applebee, Writing). Since that report, there have been a number of significant changes in the contexts in which teachers teach and in which their students learn to write. Stretching back to the 1969-70 school…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Writing Achievement, State Standards, High Stakes Tests
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Gorlewski, Julie, Ed.; Roberts, Mike – English Journal, 2009
How can teachers merge research and daily practice? Where can they find the time, information, and resources? In exploring this issue, it is important to clarify the definition of "research". "Research" might mean (1) using best practices that are already research-based or (2) doing research on one's own students. For purposes of discussion in…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Teaching Methods, Scholarship, Grade 8
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Kloehn, Lori W. – English Journal, 2009
In this article, the author discusses how she developed an innovative, interdisciplinary unit in eighth-grade English that links with the history teacher's Civil War studies. When constructing lesson plans, the author needed to rely on her sympathetic connection with students. To determine the best way to help students learn, the author had to ask…
Descriptors: Imagination, War, Interdisciplinary Approach, United States History
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Epstein, Shira Eve – English Journal, 2009
When students take a stance on authentic social issues in their English classrooms, they have the opportunity to imagine their world as otherwise. Along with attention to other intellectual skills and civic skills, educators should prioritize the development of imagination, as it is "crucial" if students are to "project and embrace a vision for…
Descriptors: Imagination, Social Action, English Instruction, Student Projects
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Bigelow, Terry Patrick, Ed.; Vokoun, Michael J., Ed. – English Journal, 2008
During summertime, before school ends and the hard physical labor begins, it is best to reflect on the touchups and renovations that need to be done to a teacher's classroom instruction. This article presents two innovative lesson ideas that will inspire teachers to rethink, retool, and recharge as they decide what some of their summer renovations…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Writing Tests, Reflective Teaching, Homework
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Roessing, Lesley – English Journal, 2007
Eighth-grade teacher Lesley Roessing designed an assignment that makes individual student research useful and accessible to the entire class. She outlines steps students take to create a guide to supplement their reading of "Waiting for the Rain: A Novel of South Africa." She then builds on the research experience in another unit by addressing…
Descriptors: Student Research, Creative Writing, Student Developed Materials, Guidelines
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Kist, William – English Journal, 2007
How can we prepare and encourage new teachers to take on the challenge of changing traditional views of literacy education? Teacher educator William Kist shares a first-year teacher's story of incorporating new literacies within an eighth-grade alternative classroom.
Descriptors: Literacy, Nontraditional Education, Grade 8, Beginning Teachers
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