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Tatum, Alfred W.; Gue, Valerie – English Journal, 2010
Writing plays an important role in adolescent literacy development, but school writing is often too rigid to accommodate their personal needs, not allowing them to write for different purposes and different audiences. Studies of writing generally focus on learning to write or writing to learn. Using a sociocultural lens, the authors focused on…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Early Adolescents, African Americans, Males
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Pettengill, Richard; Abt-Perkins, Dawn; Buckley, Shannon; Babcock, Katherine – English Journal, 2010
Dramaturgy, a tradition in European theater since the late 18th century, has in the last 30 years become firmly established in the United States. The dramaturg functions in the theatrical production process as a kind of literary and historical consultant to the director, designers, and actors. Although dramaturgs provide information to audiences…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Drama, Theaters, Audiences
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Kahn, Elizabeth – English Journal, 2009
Early in the fall of 2007, one of the author's students asked whether she could pass around a petition during class protesting the "moment of silence." The Illinois legislature had recently passed a law requiring all schools to observe a moment of silence at the start of each school day. A number of students who heard the conversation…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Relevance (Education), Writing Assignments, Writing Instruction
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Hillocks, George, Jr. – English Journal, 2003
Suggests that analyses of current assessment practices need to examine the impact that testing has on teaching and the curriculum. Notes that writing assessment drives instruction. Provides basic questions to begin analyses of local and state assessments, and provides one such analysis of Illinois' assessment. Concludes that educators need to help…
Descriptors: Accountability, Critical Thinking, Secondary Education, State Standards