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Nelson, Carol G. – English Journal, 2004
The diverse cultures of students need to be honored with due respect. Teachers of rural students and students who are not in culturally diverse areas should learn about all types of people in order to participate in a democratic society.
Descriptors: Rural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Cultural Awareness, Multicultural Education
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Dean, Deborah M. – English Journal, 2001
Presents a fictionalized dialogue loosely based on a meeting attended after writing tests had been piloted. Notes that some details have been added and enhanced to demonstrate the impact that state writing assessments with high stakes can have on classroom content. (SG)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests
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Gerlach, Jeanne Marcum; Greenlee, Ted; Johnson, Tracey J. – English Journal, 2001
Presents a script for a play that focuses on the death of a teacher co-worker of the actors (teachers) in the play. Discusses how the "traditional" grammar teaching methods of the deceased teacher were not always respected by his fellow educators, yet he did have a place in the school and education of the students. (SG)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Grammar, Instructional Innovation, Secondary Education
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Jacob, Kay – English Journal, 1982
Satirizes the teaching of basic skills in isolation and the placing of test results above true learning. (RL)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Competency Based Education, English Curriculum, Futures (of Society)
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English Journal, 1980
A spoof about how English might be taught a decade from now in a worst-of-all-possible worlds. (DD)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Futures (of Society), Humor, Mass Media
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Rochelle, Larry – English Journal, 1980
An imaginative, humorous alternative to the present state of affairs in secondary education, calling for students and their mothers to exchange their daily drudgery. (JT)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Humor, Life Style, Secondary Education
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True, Michael – English Journal, 1980
Emphasizes attention to the sound of a poem in both teaching and writing poetry. Provides selected poems written by students and teachers. (JT)
Descriptors: Auditory Stimuli, Creative Writing, English Instruction, Language Rhythm
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Franza, August – English Journal, 1979
A fable explaining why students are taught grammar instead of writing. (DD)
Descriptors: Fables, Grammar, Secondary Education, Writing (Composition)
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DeCuir, George – English Journal, 1979
Presents a fictional interview with an ineffective English teacher. (DD)
Descriptors: Educational Problems, English Instruction, Humor, Secondary Education
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Klosner, M. – English Journal, 1998
Presents a piece of short fiction which tells the story of a skeleton in a high school biology room and a look at the lives of the students and the teacher who observed her. (SR)
Descriptors: Fiction, High Schools, Teacher Student Relationship
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Zorn, Jeff – English Journal, 1998
Presents an essay describing the rude misbehavior of two sets of high school students in two distinct cultures: white prep school boys whose transgressions are written off as harmless, and urban African-American and Asian-American students whose off-putting behavior gets no such exemption. Suggests that this misbehavior and the reaction to it turn…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Economic Factors, Futures (of Society), High Schools
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Crutchfield, P. R. – English Journal, 1997
Presents an award-winning short story about a middle school student's wistful reflections on his civics teacher and the other students in his class, many of whom were pregnant, poor, or disadvantaged in some way. (TB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Adolescents, Early Parenthood, Middle School Students
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Brothers, Deborah – English Journal, 1997
Presents an award-winning essay about a teacher's relationship with a troubled student placed in his alternative classroom. Shows how the two worked together on science, math, and "Romeo and Juliet." (TB)
Descriptors: Drama, Essays, High Risk Students, Nontraditional Education
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Belben, Cathy – English Journal, 1996
Presents a short story about two young girls' experience at a Catholic summer camp. (TB)
Descriptors: Friendship, Menstruation, Peer Relationship, Religion
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Garland, Sylvia – English Journal, 1996
Presents a short story about a young girl living with her mother and her new step father, a rude, domineering construction worker whom she does not care for. (TB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Family Life, Family Relationship, Parent Child Relationship
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