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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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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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Hunt, Tiffany J.; Hunt, Bud – English Journal, 2005
Brett Vogelsinger, a high school English teacher, describes his experiences of frustrations of test preparation and the excitement of a good story at the same time. The discovering of drama with eight-graders is a good example of how teachers, novice and veterans can create opportunities for deep and meaningful engagement in all kinds of…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Student Evaluation, Test Construction