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Metzger, Kenan; Box, Andrea; Blasingame, James – English Journal, 2013
According to the most recent census, there are five million Native Americans in the United States. Of these, there are at least 500,000 Native Americans attending public schools. However, the educational system does not fully serve this population and in fact often ignores them. More importantly, each tribe and clan has its own distinct cultural…
Descriptors: American Indians, American Indian Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Development
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Tinberg, Howard; Nadeau, Jean-Paul – English Journal, 2013
Proponents of programs such as dual enrollment that allow high school students to enroll in college-level courses often point to the reduction in time required to obtain college degrees, the increased likelihood of graduating from college, and the decrease in the number of students taking so-called remedial courses in college. But what do students…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, High School Students, College Preparation, Writing Skills
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Roseboro, Anna J. Small – English Journal, 2012
Like parents, educators should prepare their students to do without them. To achieve this they must understand two concepts they hear about in the world of education: multiple intelligences and media literacy. Research on ways people learn and demonstrate knowledge shows that both are as diverse as the physiques of the students. Some of them learn…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Multiple Intelligences, Literacy, Teaching Methods
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Gilmore, Barry – English Journal, 2012
In her book "Why Do We Care about Literary Characters?" Blakely Vermeule addresses the tendency of the academic establishment to dismiss affection for literary characters in favor of objective analysis, describing teachers with "the furrowed brow, the worried expression: responsible teachers [who] wean their students off their passion for literary…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Reading Instruction, English Instruction, Classics (Literature)
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Chadwick, Jocelyn A. – English Journal, 2012
How do English teachers, with their amazing gift, empower students to see and experience literature not as a burden that must be endured and memorized for the test and then mercifully forgotten, but as a vehicle for self-discovery and reflection? One effective way to help students experience and discover literature is through the characters. For…
Descriptors: Identification (Psychology), Class Activities, Learning Activities, Teaching Methods
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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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Hsieh, Betina – English Journal, 2012
Throughout the author's 10 years in the middle school classroom, Anne Frank remains one of the most powerful figures that her students take away from their eighth-grade year. At first glance, her students don't think they share much more than their age with the World War II heroine. They are from almost every part of the world "except" Europe;…
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Violence, Adolescent Literature, Foreign Countries
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Felps, Maryann – English Journal, 2012
Near the first of every school year, the author has the opportunity to talk to her students about death, usually in the midst of their study of "Beowulf" or "Gilgamesh." Occasionally, the discussion results from the recent news of the death of a public figure or, closer to home, a family member. Regardless of the circumstance, her students learn…
Descriptors: Death, Teaching Methods, English Instruction, Language Arts
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Irvin, Andrea – English Journal, 2012
English teachers have those favorite characters in the literature they choose to study with their students, from the classics of Lennie and George in "Of Mice and Men" to more contemporary characters such as Arnold in "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" who was "born with water on the brain" (Alexie 1). The author loves allowing…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Emotional Intelligence, Rural Areas, Personality
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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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Sardone, Nancy B. – English Journal, 2012
This article describes the assignments the author created to engage preservice teachers in designing instructional materials that befit today's students to help them overcome hurdles sometimes present when learning classic literature. Secondary and middle school English teachers may find these assignments useful as well so their students, too,…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Assignments, Classics (Literature), English Instruction
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Sass-Henke, Amanda – English Journal, 2012
One of the most important aspects of developing a close, personal relationship with literary characters is "relevancy." Readers have to find something to connect with in characters to care about them, and for that connection to take place, stories and their characters have to be relevant in the eyes of an adolescent to the point where they can…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Grade 6, Literature Appreciation, Middle School Students
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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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Orzulak, Melinda J. McBee – English Journal, 2012
Sometimes an enthusiast might confuse enthusiasm for competence. Related experiences and a sense of commitment can suggest that mentors are positioned to do something well, even when they have had no genuine preparation for the task. In this article, the author warns them that their experience as teachers by itself may be insufficient preparation…
Descriptors: Mentors, Student Teachers, Partnerships in Education, Teaching Experience
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Roberts, Mike – English Journal, 2012
Recently, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) helped create the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) to help support literacy across all disciplines. NCLE Director Kent Williamson notes, "Schools that sustain progress in literacy learning pay attention to the little things and the big things. They create organizational…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Literacy Education, Literacy, Novels
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