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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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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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Rallo, Curt; Roessing, Lesley J. – English Journal, 2006
"Teacher to Teacher" provides a forum for teachers to share ideas, materials, and activities. In this article, the first teacher describes the effects the well-known novel "Bleachers" (John Grisham, New York: Doubleday, 2003) had on a ninth-grade english class. The novel bought to life the high school culture that the students found challenging.…
Descriptors: Novels, English Instruction, Grade 9, Literature