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Ayers, Samuel J. – English in Texas, 2019
There is value in being a lifelong reader and writer; yet, preservice teachers frequently do not exhibit these attributes. As an educator of future teachers, the author of this article reflects on practice. One goal in working with these education students is to develop their competencies in the use of literary strategies, with a secondary goal of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Reading Skills, Reading Motivation
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Bedard, Carol; Fuhrken, Charles – English in Texas, 2019
The use of multicultural literature in the English classroom is important because students need to see themselves reflected on the page as well as need windows into their peers' experiences that are unlike their own. Teachers in middle school classrooms have the potential to positively influence students' ability to engage and connect with…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Literature, Middle School Students, Learner Engagement
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Ranzau, Sara DuBose; Thomas, Ashley – English in Texas, 2016
Novice teachers often walk into a classroom with very little knowledge of how to conduct lessons and keep students engaged. In this article, student teacher Ashley and veteran teacher Sara share their experiences as Ashley learned how to use drama pedagogy in a secondary English classroom. Using the ideas and activities originally taught in…
Descriptors: Drama, Teaching Methods, Student Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Coombs, Dawan; Young, Terrell A. – English in Texas, 2014
Learning with informational texts doesn't need to be restricted to the recall of information and facts; instead, challenging students to interpret and present their findings in the form of readers theatre performances requires the application of synthesis and analysis skills. This article frames informational texts and readers theatre as…
Descriptors: Nonfiction, Expository Writing, Theater Arts, Inquiry
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Myers, Joy – English in Texas, 2014
This study focused on understanding the impact of incorporating digital reader response into a middle school literature class. Through interviews and the use of artifacts, a classroom teacher documented how altering the way students wrote about their readings shaped the quality and quantity of their writing. Outcomes reveal that blogging during…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Technology Uses in Education, Middle School Students, English Instruction
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Isom, Christie – English in Texas, 2014
Engaging young students in an authentic writing process is an important part of their literacy development. Equally important is maintaining a developmentally appropriate classroom where young students explore, create, and play. In this article, the author shares her endeavors into implementing an illustration study during writer's workshop and…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Kindergarten, Preschool Children, Writing Processes
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Johnson, Sherrie R. – English in Texas, 2013
The intent of this article is to share valuable discoveries about fifth grade students' reading comprehension as well as their creative growth in a classroom environment that infused a variety of creative and critical thinking activities into a four-week study of "Tuck Everlasting" (Babbitt 1975), a rich fantasy meditation on the…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Elementary School Students
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Lindsey, Ron, Ed. – English in Texas, 1975
This issue focuses on values-clarification techniques for the elementary and secondary school classroom. A variety of articles provides general discussions of values clarification, as well as specific classroom activities related to literature, composition, and discussion. A selected list of books related to values clarification is included. (AA)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction
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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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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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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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Killebrew, Janet – English in Texas, 1994
Describes a seven-day vocabulary building unit for language deficient high school students that revolved around ice cream, fat content of foods, and heart disease. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, High Schools, Limited English Speaking, Second Language Learning
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Pettebone, Judy – English in Texas, 1994
Describes teaching characterization to seventh-graders by using archetypes from genuine fairy tales (not the watered-down Disney versions). Presents sample discussion questions used to aid students in analyzing characterization. Discusses writing assignments associated with the reading and discussion of fairy tales. (RS)
Descriptors: Characterization, Class Activities, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Fairy Tales
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Ohrt, Janice – English in Texas, 1994
Describes using Monday morning journal writing activities to give the teacher an insight into what the weekend has done for students. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Education, Journal Writing, Student Journals
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Pettigrew, Johnnie Chester – English in Texas, 1994
Addresses drama in the early childhood classroom as a useful tool for focusing on many of the current concerns in education including problem solving, integration of curriculum, writing across the curriculum, and authentic assessment. (RS)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Class Activities, Dramatic Play, Early Childhood Education
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