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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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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