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Romano, Tom – Voices from the Middle, 2003
"Voice" is one of the least concrete elements of good writing, and yet it is also one of the most important. Helping students find a balance between the "gush" of ideas and words and the "long-thinking" of reflection and craft, Tom Romano leads students to allow themselves creative freedom while developing the patience to hone that first rush into…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Writing (Composition)
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Romano, Tom – Voices from the Middle, 2000
Discusses students' experiences with learning more about the "craft of writing." Considers ways to teach students to choose their own topics; to research; to organize for writing; to welcome imagination, metaphor, and memorable language; how to draft; how to give and get helpful responses; how to revise their writing to create strong…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Student Experience, Student Publications, Writing for Publication
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Romano, Tom – Voices from the Middle, 1999
Describes the author's experience when the director and teacher-trainers of a writing program persuaded him that the oral interpretation he wished them to perform was too troubling and explosive to use. Outlines his questions and anguish about the incident, and the urgency of dealing with the dilemmas of multiculturalism, racial intolerance, and…
Descriptors: Activism, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction
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Romano, Tom – Voices from the Middle, 1996
Maintains that the author's authentic voice as a writer is "constructed more than it is gushed." Describes how, when the author tinkers with words, when he shifts, cuts, changes, and arranges them to achieve certain effects, it isn't the writing only that he crafts: he is also crafting an identity. Notes how this applies to teaching…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Writing Attitudes, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction