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Sewell, Ernestine P., Ed. – English in Texas, 1981
The articles in this journal issue reflect the theme of "passages." Five articles contain teachers' reflections and descriptions of the following forms of passage: (1) passing from the classroom to motherhood and back again; (2) passing from academe to the world of work--the retraining of literature professors; (3) ways in which students gain…
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Classroom Techniques, English Instruction, Experiential Learning
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Wilson, Edward, Ed. – English in Texas, 1987
The challenges and rewards of dealing with the many types of students that can be found in today's English classrooms--gifted, handicapped, learning disabled, second language learners--are addressed in this focused journal issue. The titles of the articles and their authors are as follows: (1) "Help Me Help You" (L. Quitman Troika); (2) "Students…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Bibliotherapy, Bilingual Students, Classroom Environment
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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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O'Neal, Lydia – English in Texas, 1994
Describes using the newspaper with seventh-grade English students to teach real-life reading and writing skills as well as the essential elements on the TAAS (an exit exam). (SR)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Grade 7, Junior High Schools, Newspapers
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Smith, Wanda; Cosmic, Jan – English in Texas, 1995
Describes reading aloud to students in a college remedial English class, arguing that this improves writing ability by helping students learn to "hear" the sounds of the material they are required to read in connection with their writing assignments. Discusses success getting students to revise by requiring rewriting on the computer and by…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Higher Education, Reading Aloud to Others, Remedial Instruction
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Wyche-Smith, Susan – English in Texas, 1994
Describes the methods and means by which composition teachers can successfully create, train, and maintain writing groups (peer response groups, writing circles, or writing workshops) within the English classroom. (HB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Collaborative Writing
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Blumrich, Ann Nord – English in Texas, 1994
Describes beginning a unit on Shakespeare and his play "Henry V" by showing and discussing in class an episode from the television program "Star Trek: The Next Generation" called "The Defector," which opens with a scene from Henry V and makes allusions to the play throughout the episode. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, English Instruction, High Schools, Language Arts
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Allen, Tracy – English in Texas, 1994
Describes two short lessons on individual objectives (main idea and fact/opinion) to prepare 10th graders for the Spring exit test. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, English Instruction, Grade 10, High Schools
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Saunders, Jane – English in Texas, 1994
Describes a class activity in which students analyze modern song lyrics and their poetic devices as an introduction to the study and analysis of poetry. (SR)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation, Poetry
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Blanton, Shirley – English in Texas, 1994
Discusses a thinking-writing-organizing technique that Kenneth Burke called the dramatistic method. Suggests that having students ask and answer a series of questions prompted by five words (who, what, where, why, and how) placed at each of the points of a star can help students think and write about works of literature. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Discussion (Teaching Technique), English Instruction, Questioning Techniques
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Lowery, Becky – English in Texas, 1994
Discusses a class activity in which students engage in a mock trial based on a hypothetical charge that could have developed from the plot of a novel. Discusses the six-step process, and the five procedures and requirements. Suggests that students win more than just the case--they win the knowledge of process. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, English Instruction, Novels, Reader Response
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Wagner-Mendez, Constance – English in Texas, 1994
Describes multicultural units of study that sensitize junior high school English students to other individuals of diverse backgrounds. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Differences, English Instruction, Junior High Schools
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Yearwood, Stephenie – English in Texas, 1994
Details the concept of transactional writing and clarifies why it belongs in the high school English curriculum. Defines transactional writing, relates it to expressive writing, and shows how it might be used by English teachers. (HB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Course Content, English Curriculum, English Instruction
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Daniel, Neil – English in Texas, 1994
Discusses the ways that the word "quality" can be used in English, as either a noun or an adjective. Outlines numerous ways the word is currently used. (HB)
Descriptors: Definitions, Editing, English Curriculum, English Instruction
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Benoit-Detrixhe, Liz – English in Texas, 1994
Examines the ways English teachers might try to make progress with uninterested and/or problem students. Narrates one teacher's experience with a particular male student, and how she partly got through to him. (HB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Higher Education
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