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Rief, Linda – Voices from the Middle, 2006
Writing--and lots of it in all genres--is at the heart of the language arts curriculum and the skills of critical thinking that students need to develop to become prepared consumers and citizens. In this article, the author reflects on her growth as a writer and teacher, and offers an overview of what people know about writing, what they need to…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Writing Processes, Writing Instruction, Writing Improvement
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Rief, Linda – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Describes the author's experience in keeping a reading-writing journal. Notes how her journal began as an academic journal, but her personal life crept into it. Notes that her students experienced the same thing. (SG)
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Middle Schools, Personal Writing, Reading Instruction
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Rief, Linda – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Contends that the value of writing as a powerful tool for teaching reading is often underestimated. Explains that when students write and revise their writing, they are reading to make sure what they have written is clearly understood by themselves and their audience. Notes that for many students, reading what someone else thinks stimulates their…
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Middle Schools, Reader Response, Reading Instruction
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Rief, Linda – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Finding voice is often the most intimidating stumbling block to authentic writing in the classroom. Linda Rief offers insight into tapping students' passion and promoting personal responsibility for learning with her "quickwrites," and includes a checklist of ways to elicit writing that matters.
Descriptors: Student Responsibility, Writing Instruction, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Rief, Linda – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Describes a "quick-write" as a 1-3 minute written response to a short piece of writing in which students either write as quickly as they can all that comes to mind in response to the work, or borrow a line from the work and write off that line. (SG)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Middle Schools
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Rief, Linda – Voices from the Middle, 2000
Looks at two case examples of reader experiences, one of an 8th grader and another of a 2-year-old. Considers how to best promote reading by reading aloud in class. Presents a list of 37 highly recommended books for 8th-grade classes and a list of 11 books recommended for read-alouds. (SC)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Early Childhood Education, Middle Schools, Reader Response
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Rief, Linda; Jasinski, Sarah – Voices from the Middle, 1996
Presents excerpts from a student's year-end self-evaluation, including a few excerpts from her portfolio. Includes her teacher's comments, intended to confirm what the student knows, and to consider how the teacher's classroom practices may have influenced or contributed to Sarah's learning. Appends an evaluation form to help students evaluate…
Descriptors: Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Secondary Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
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Hall, Chris; Rief, Linda – Voices from the Middle, 1999
Describes how, after studying the Holocaust and other human-rights issues in their eighth-grade language-arts classes, students felt compelled to create a permanent memorial and reminder. Discusses how the project unfolded from finding and shaping an idea, collecting stories from around the nation, crafting the mosaic and the flower garden, and…
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, English Instruction, Grade 8, Language Arts
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Rief, Linda – Voices from the Middle, 1996
Presents an appreciation in honor and praise of language arts educator Donald H. Graves. Describes the rewards, now compounding through the generations, of his gentle encouragement and his continual modeling as a learner himself, teaching students and classroom teachers to value all they know and all they can do through writing compassionately and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Language Arts, Teacher Student Relationship, Writing Attitudes