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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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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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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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Hartwell, Richard D. – English Journal, 2004
A middle school teacher describes about his community-building exercise and he also teaches AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) tutorial to seventh and eight graders. He clarifies about his communist propaganda projects in which his students create a poster encapsulating their understanding of an allegorical story that is read in the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Reading Comprehension, Teaching Methods, Literary Genres