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Stewart, Mary Amanda – English in Texas, 2016
The unique challenges (and promises) teachers encounter today can be informed by the past. What literacy and language education mean for Mary Stewart, assistant professor of bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) education at Texas Woman's University, is a product of what it has meant for educators like her grandmother and mother. In…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Second Language Instruction, English Instruction, English Teachers
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Sharp, Laurie A.; Johnson, Robin D. – English in Texas, 2016
In a diverse society, teachers must adopt a culturally relevant pedagogy that utilizes culturally responsive teaching practices, such as the incorporation of diverse children's literature. In doing so, teachers build global perspectives and global citizenry in students as they see themselves in text, encounter alternative perspectives, and develop…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Reading Instruction, Culturally Relevant Education, Diversity
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Lesesne, Teri; Perry, Karin; Miller, Donalyn – English in Texas, 2016
Everyone loves new books. However, it is easy to forget that we need to examine books historically as well. This article discusses the contributions made by various authors before they were the recipients of awards and honors. Additionally, the authors point out some important "firsts" in the industry as well as resources for locating…
Descriptors: Authors, Publishing Industry, Books, Childrens Literature
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Nam, Rosa – English in Texas, 2016
With the increasing racial tensions and violence over race in America, it is now more pertinent than ever for educators to model good citizenry to students and encourage acceptance and celebration of multiculturalism in America. This article provides a basic framework in moving toward equitable education through understanding of a historical…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Multicultural Education, Equal Education, Racial Bias
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Cummins, Amy – English in Texas, 2016
With immigrant youth an important presence in Texas schools, reading new books for children and adolescents about their experiences can help to grow understanding and empathy for refugees and other immigrants. This article highlights five new books by Latina, Latino, and Latin American authors with characters who migrate to the United States from…
Descriptors: Refugees, Immigrants, Childrens Literature, Adolescent Literature
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Winton, Stephen – English in Texas, 2016
In his work as an instructional coach for Houston Independent School District, Stephen Winton has experienced the power of Kylene Beers and Bob Probst's seminal texts "Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading" (2012) and "Reading Nonfiction: Notice & Note Stances, Signposts and Strategies" in exploring author's craft…
Descriptors: Reading Writing Relationship, Essays, Writing Strategies, Writing Instruction
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Petrón, Mary; Ates, Burcu – English in Texas, 2016
The great number of refugees in the U.S. creates challenges for educators to determine the best ways to embrace refugee children and incorporate culturally and linguistically appropriate classroom practices to successfully meet their educational and emotional needs (Prior & Niesz, 2013). This article aims to contribute to English teachers'…
Descriptors: Refugees, Culturally Relevant Education, Teaching Methods, Definitions
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Kriese, Tracy – English in Texas, 2016
The 2015-2016 year has been an especially busy one in Texas education. Teachers and other professionals had opportunities to participate in the revision of the English language and Spanish language arts and reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (ELAR/SLAR TEKS), a process that is now nearing completion. As a result of several bills signed…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, State Legislation, State Standards, Student Evaluation
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Kincaid, Sandra; Connors, Sean P. – English in Texas, 2016
This article draws on data from a qualitative research study that asked how six Latinos living in a southern state used literacy to enact, defend, and transform their identities as transnational youths in response to evolving social conditions they and their families encountered in the United States. In sharing the experiences of three…
Descriptors: Activism, Undocumented Immigrants, Community Involvement, Social Problems
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Crandall, Bryan Ripley – English in Texas, 2016
Begun as a formative experiment, the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University offers Young Adult Literacy Labs for youth to write, including Ubuntu Academy--a program for immigrant and refugee students. This article highlights a public commitment to Ubuntu, a sense of community and human relations, while reflecting on what became…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Refugees, Summer Programs, Literacy Education
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Kajder, Sara; Turner, Kristen Hawley; Hicks, Troy – English in Texas, 2015
Students used to reading digital texts can be supported in reading both those and print-based texts critically through a variety of strategies and applications. Connected reading, or the idea that our reading is networked both physically and digitally to create a shared construction of meaning, involves readers working with text in both recursive…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Technological Literacy, Critical Literacy, Critical Reading
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Metzger, Laura Ann – English in Texas, 2015
With technology on the rise not only within society but also within higher education, it is essential for community college students to become fluent in digital literacy as well as social media. This project supported community college students' use of social media and Pecha Kucha to develop their critical thinking skills and improve their writing.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Critical Thinking, Social Media
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Gorychka, Christine; Martin, Bill – English in Texas, 2015
Many students read, do the homework, and even annotate, but most students will, at least some of the time, read only passively and annotate only dutifully, passing their eyes over the page and passing their highlighters over occasional lines. If they read a text more than once, they read it more than once "for the first time." They do…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Critical Reading, Reading Strategies, Teaching Methods
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Cordi, Kevin D. – English in Texas, 2015
Investigating student voice in the classroom, the author suggests methods for integrating digital texts, both for student research and student writing. He recommends a variety of platforms that support digital storytelling and offers examples of student products and students' reflection on those products.
Descriptors: Story Telling, Technology Uses in Education, Critical Literacy, Writing (Composition)
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Garner, James; Stokes, Rachel – English in Texas, 2015
Using the educational social media platform Edmodo, teachers at multiple sites developed and implemented instruction that gave their high school students a chance to talk to students across the nation about the texts they were reading and to work collaboratively to develop writing related to their understanding.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Social Media, Computer Mediated Communication, High School Students
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