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Ortego, Philip D., Ed. – English in Texas, 1976
The introduction to this issue of "English in Texas," by Philip D. Ortego, discusses briefly the need of young Chicanos for a literary identity. In the first article of the issue, Ortego expands the discussion, focusing especially on the background of Mexican-American literature, the history of Mexican Americans in the southwest, and a definition…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Bibliographies, Drama, Fiction
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Verner, Zenobia, Ed. – English in Texas, 1977
The articles in this journal focus on the teaching of composition at the secondary and college levels. Separate articles deal with the causes of poor proofreading by students and methods for teaching proofreading skills; the use of folklore as an aid to teaching composition; techniques for overcoming students' fear of failure in the writing…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, English Instruction, Expository Writing, Failure
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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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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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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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Ervin, Helen – English in Texas, 1995
Explains how students who have difficulty remembering what they have read may be taught how to reread sections of text by suggesting to them that reading is analogous to watching a video with the remote control in hand. (TB)
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Reading Habits, Reading Improvement, Reading Strategies
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De La Garza, Alejandra – English in Texas, 1995
Advocates the teaching of spelling in secondary schools through record keeping of student spelling errors and minilessons based on these errors. (TB)
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Secondary Education, Spelling, Spelling Instruction
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Whitehouse, Ann M. – English in Texas, 1994
Suggests that the key to making research writing something students are eager to learn is the instructor's enthusiasm and skill in gathering irresistible ideas and prompts to pique students' curiosity. Presents seven steps to help students write research papers. (RS)
Descriptors: Research Papers (Students), Secondary Education, Writing Assignments, Writing Instruction
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Froman, Julie Ann – English in Texas, 1994
Suggests that one of the biggest flaws with current teacher education programs is that the prospective teachers do not interact with the students in the role of instructor until their last semester. Argues that preservice teachers need to be equipped with the proper tools--realistic assignments, opportunities for student/teacher interaction,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement
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