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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
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Sipe, Rebecca Bowers – English Journal, 2006
As a new faculty member, the author was invited by colleagues to help protect a resource they believed was essential to their instructional program. The importance of teaching grammar in a didactic fashion as a precursor to student writing constituted an unchallenged belief in the department. Faculty members were committed to the notion that…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Form Classes (Languages), Writing (Composition), Grammar
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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
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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
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