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Gilbert, Chris – English Journal, 2012
"The Road" has been an important part of the author's English IV Honors course for several years now. Undeniably bleak, it details a father and son's journey through a seared, post-apocalyptic wasteland. As they travel through the burnt remains of America, they are threatened by starvation, dehydration, and scattered, hostile humans. Although his…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Personality, Novels, Sons
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Howell, Emily Nicole – English Journal, 2012
In a thematic study she calls The Hero's Journey, the author introduces the classical archetype of the hero and the journey of the hero with Homer's "The Odyssey." After all, the wily tactician dreams up the idea for the wooden horse trick, thereby winning the war for the Greeks. He visits hell and, against all odds, makes it back. He defeats the…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Critical Reading, Grade 9, Reading Strategies
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Gardoqui, Kate Ehrenfeld – English Journal, 2012
In this article, the author describes several innovative activities for engaging students in studies of literary characters: voting on superlatives for characters, creating characters' Facebook profiles, and composing creative dialogs in which characters from different works meet each other. The author points out that it is this self-knowledge…
Descriptors: Literary Criticism, Self Concept, Responses, Literary Devices
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LoMonico, Michael – English Journal, 2012
Why do educators teach literature? The author thinks they can hear the answer in the voice of Huckleberry Finn and David Copperfield and Holden Caulfield and the omniscient narrator in "Beloved." It's the wonderful sound of those words, the gorgeous flow of those well-crafted sentences, and the marvelous way Twain and Dickens and Morrison and…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation, Literary Styles
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Avila, JuliAnna – English Journal, 2012
In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) concluded that "literature reading is fading as a meaningful activity, especially among younger people." How can educators continue to teach students about the power of literary response when the priority is for them to achieve proficiency on standardized tests, whose scores can only be narrowly…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Language Arts, Grade 11, English Instruction
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Johnson, Angela Beumer; Augustus, Linda; Agiro, Christa Preston – English Journal, 2012
Bullying remains a wretched, pervasive problem in the society, especially for teenagers. Bullying is commonly defined as negative acts that occur repeatedly and involve an imbalance of power (Olweus 413); since this widely accepted definition excludes one-time acts of cruelty, the authors prefer to use the word "conflict" in their conversations…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Bullying, Conflict, Classics (Literature)
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Chisholm, James S.; Trent, Brandie – English Journal, 2012
"Everything...affects everything," from Jay Asher's young adult novel, "Thirteen Reasons Why," captures a central message of this text in which a young woman named Hannah Baker leaves behind a series of tapes addressed to particular individuals who played a part in producing the snowball effect that led to her suicide. "Everything...affects…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Bullying, Suicide, Literature Appreciation
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Thomas, P. L. – English Journal, 2012
Literary criticism in the form of the so-called book report, may, therefore, wrote Stephen Bloore in 1934, "be a most valuable aid to independent thought if it is not used merely to check up on the books supposedly read by a student". For a century, "English Journal" has been a map and a narrative of the discourse about teaching ELA as well as the…
Descriptors: Literary Criticism, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods
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Beckelhimer, Lisa – English Journal, 2011
In this article, the author focuses on her experiences with genre analysis. This is not a new idea or assignment. But gearing the analysis specifically toward thinking about purpose significantly narrows the focus of a typical "here's what this genre is and who uses it" essay. Genre analysis asks students to think in-depth about one particular…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Technical Writing, Language Styles, Literary Genres
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Kendrick, Mary – English Journal, 2010
Meaningful discussion helps students develop new knowledge about the world around them. "Progressive discourse" is talk that encourages people to develop a new understanding together. In this article, the author discusses how she used student collaboration to foster progressive discourse and describes assignments that engage her students in group…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Group Discussion, Grade 9, English Instruction
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Heller, Stephen – English Journal, 2010
Teaching logic typically falls under the areas of argumentation and research, as students are taught the importance of "logos," or logical appeals, in their pursuit of an original point. Cohesive, cogent arguments--devoid of logical fallacy--produce more compelling points, and teachers take great strides in pointing to the problems of…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Logical Thinking, Writing Skills, Persuasive Discourse
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Nail, Allan – English Journal, 2009
One reason zombie films are so frightening, and perhaps so popular, is because zombies represent a unique type of monster. Rather than frightening people because they are so alien to the world as people understand it, zombies are horrifying in how closely they resemble people. Zombies are people and represent the potential of zombie…
Descriptors: Films, Human Body, Death, Mobility
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Parker, Bruce; Bach, Jacqueline – English Journal, 2009
The idea for a professional development book group emerged from the authors ongoing conversations with colleagues about how teachers can gain the understanding necessary not only to foster and support gender variant and transgender students, but also incorporate these experiences into their curriculum in a meaningful way. In this article, the…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Professional Development, English Instruction, Book Reviews
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Almansouri, Orubba; Balian, Aram S.; Sawdy, Jessica – English Journal, 2009
In this article, three students share how performing in Shakespearean plays have helped them appreciate his work. Orubba Almansouri describes how acting out the play "Romeo and Juliet" allowed him to understand the whole story better. While rehearsing and performing "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Aram S. Balian became a true Shakespeare fan,…
Descriptors: Drama, Acting, Literature Appreciation, Literary Criticism
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Golden, John – English Journal, 2009
The author does not really like "Hamlet." He loves the play, the language, and the characters, but always finds it difficult to teach. Part of this is because he prefers to assign students scenes to perform as they read a Shakespeare text, but Hamlet does not divide nicely into manageable scenes, and he usually does not have enough teenage Ken…
Descriptors: Drama, Play, English Literature, English Instruction
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