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Rasco, Darrell – English in Texas, 2013
In this article, Darrell Rasco, a full-time student at Waxahachie Global High (STEM/ECHS), presents a dialogue that took place between him and his high school teacher throughout the course of several writing assignments during the school year. Through writing assignments and encouragement from his teacher, Darrell has recently discovered his…
Descriptors: High School Students, High School Teachers, Writing Assignments, Writing Ability
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Etheridge, Chuck – English in Texas, 1995
Argues that peer evaluation can work effectively if the teacher realizes that success should be measured more in long-term, cumulative benefits than in the immediate success or failure. Uses a fictitious scenario involving a teacher's first efforts at peer editing to make the above point. (TB)
Descriptors: Editing, Group Discussion, Peer Evaluation, Secondary Education
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Hoffman, Joan – English in Texas, 1995
Makes a case for teaching integrity in the classroom through writing assignments and case studies of ethical situations that teenagers would face in their daily lives. (TB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Case Studies, Ethical Instruction, Ethics
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Harris, Pamela S. – English in Texas, 1995
Encourages teachers to interact with students and students to interact with each other to facilitate cultural awareness and respect for differences. Proposes a number of classroom activities, such as "how to" presentations, studies of cultural folklore, and a puppet show. (TB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education
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Forsyth, Beverly – English in Texas, 1995
Describes how a new journalism writing style energized writing composition students to write in meaningful, exciting ways about matters close to them. Explains what New Journalism is and how students can be instructed in it. (TB)
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Feature Stories, Freshman Composition, Higher Education
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King, Erin S. – English in Texas, 1995
Argues that a teacher wins or loses his or her students during the first few days of the year. Shows how an English teacher wins her students over by allowing them to ask questions about her, which she answers by pointing to a graffiti wall created by her previous year's students. (TB)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics
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Bishop, Kathleen Krueger – English in Texas, 1995
Describes a classroom activity in which students prepare a spot for television, including game shows, commercials, and news programs. Shows how students prepared through prewriting exercises and then conducted their research. (TB)
Descriptors: Advertising, Class Activities, Feature Stories, Games
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Bobo, Gay L. – English in Texas, 1995
Explains how a teacher used tape--pieces hanging from her hair, her desk, and student desks--to help students remember some of the principles of writing represented in the acronym TAPE: topic, audience, purpose, and elaboration. (TB)
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Secondary Education, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
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Hoffman, J. Loraine – English in Texas, 1995
Reports on a study of remedial students. Finds that initial negative attitudes derive from the juxtaposition of emotional and cognitive responses involving derailment of self as a language user; and successful students recognized the need for developmental studies instruction, made improvements in reading and English, and developed coping skills…
Descriptors: Educational Research, English Instruction, Higher Education, Remedial Programs
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Kurth, Suzanne – English in Texas, 1995
Describes a writing assignment based on a teacher-created scenario in which students discover a box (when visiting their grandmother's sister) containing a number of strange items including a written proposal for marriage. (TB)
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Lesson Plans, Secondary Education, Writing Assignments
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Elliott, Wanda – English in Texas, 1995
Suggests that special education students do well in writing process classrooms that use a variety of approaches, such as cooperative learning, reciprocal learning, and multisensory teaching. Views the writing process classroom as a place where teachers and students respect different learning styles. (TB)
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Cognitive Style, Cooperative Learning, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
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Johnson, Jan – English in Texas, 1995
Explains how a teacher uses the acronym SOAR (Sentences Organized and Revised) as the core of a game designed to motivate a class to revise their work through the promise of popcorn, free time, or snacks for their revision work. Describes a worksheet that forces students to pay attention to various parts of their paper. (TB)
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Revision (Written Composition), Secondary Education, Student Attitudes
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Whiteker, Clarice – English in Texas, 1995
Describes a teacher's relationship with a 15-year-old student whose father's mental illness and abusive manner led the student to try to commit suicide. Raises questions about what a teacher can do for such a student and suggests that reading can be one way that teachers and students can be led to talk about sensitive topics. (TB)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Counseling, Mental Disorders, Parent Child Relationship
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Muckerheide, Karen – English in Texas, 1995
Argues that cooperative workshops are far more effective than books or articles in helping teachers to incorporate the latest developments into their field. Makes a case for giving teachers the time and resources to work with other teachers on change. (TB)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Seminars, Teacher Effectiveness
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Rosen, Sandra – English in Texas, 1995
Shows how the regular reading and discussion of rich literary passages builds a respect and interest among students for imagery. Describes a series of classroom exercises designed to build imagery writing skills. (TB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Creative Writing, Higher Education, Imagery
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