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Hagood, Margaret C. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
New literacies are affecting the ways that we choose to spend our time in teaching and learning. In this article, Hagood describes the work of nine middle grades teachers' explorations of new literacies, including digital technologies and pop culture, and their implementations in their content area instruction. She also highlights some of the…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Content Area Reading, Risk, Rewards
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Schechter, Amy; Denmon, Jennifer M. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Many teachers find it difficult to encourage their students to write in class, yet writing is becoming increasingly important in academic and workplace settings. Students are already writing through cell phone texting, gaming systems, and social networking sites every day, but these resources go largely untapped in many English language arts…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Content Area Writing, Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques
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Annamma, Subini; Eppolito, Amy; Klingner, Janette; Boele, Amy; Boardman, Alison; Stillman-Spisak, Stephanie J. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
The authors interviewed 17 middle school reading and language arts teachers as part of a larger study on an evidence-based intervention called Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR). CSR is a multi-component reading instructional model combined with cooperative grouping and peer discussion. We show from the teacher interviews that CSR has benefits…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Evidence, Middle Schools, Oral Language
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Assaf, Lori Czop; Ash, Gwynne Ellen; Saunders, Jane – Voices from the Middle, 2011
In this article, the authors describe how Jenae, a seventh-grade English language arts teacher, modified I-Charts (Hoffman, 1992; Randall, 1996) and I-Search papers (Macrorie, 1988) to support the needs of her adolescent English Language Learners (ELLs). They highlight how she improved upon two timeless instructional practices by integrating…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language)
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Hubbard, Janet – Voices from the Middle, 2011
When the author offered the option of writing an article for "Voices from the Middle" to her seventh- and eighth-grade language arts classes, some students were unwavering in their preference to stay on the steady, familiar ground of writing a letter to a peer about a book they had read and loved. Noah McCord, Tobin Feldman-Fitzthum, and…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Teacher Role, Grade 8, Grade 7
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Oldaker, Adam – Voices from the Middle, 2010
This article describes the author's experience co-facilitating a project for which seventh-grade students designed and created original video games based on Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time". The author provides an overview of recent literature on video game implementation in the classroom and explains how the project was designed and…
Descriptors: Video Games, Middle School Students, Language Arts, Teaching Methods
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Gilles, Carol – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Research supports what many teachers have long known: talk is a valuable tool for learning. But how can we incorporate talk and still keep students on task, thinking collectively and deeply? Gillis offers a solid theoretical foundation for incorporating talk throughout the curriculum, and then provides practical help for implementing it, with…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Speech Communication, Teaching Methods, Teacher Student Relationship
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Wirsing, Janice – Voices from the Middle, 2009
A classroom teacher reflects on the benefits of professional development leading to improved and energized student writing. Although traditional professional development sparked interest and encouraged modifications, the support of a teacher inquiry group as ongoing professional development provided the impact needed to effect significant change…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Inquiry, Teacher Improvement, Writing Skills
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Wall, Amanda; Edmunds, J. Spencer – Voices from the Middle, 2009
This paper explores the ways one school continues to enhance both literacy and service-learning through the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Over the course of their middle-school years, young adolescents at Canterbury School visit a range of sites in the community. They also explore service-learning at home and around the world by…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, School Visitation, Experiential Learning, Grade 7
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Hughes, Janette; John, Amy – Voices from the Middle, 2009
The authors share the story of a performance-based poetry project undertaken by a class of grade 6 and 7 students. The use of new digital media for reading, writing, and representing poetry encouraged an exploration of the relationship between text and image and how images and sound might be used to mediate meaning making. New media have an…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Poetry, Student Interests, Grade 7
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Hansen, Jane – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The author, a renowned researcher and literacy expert, helps young adolescents see themselves as having potential. In the classroom, they explore the importance of building relationships, leadership styles and skills, and their roles in society to create their own identities.
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Adolescents, Self Concept, Leadership
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Smiles, Tracy – Voices from the Middle, 2008
A teacher-researcher describes how collaborative inquiries with students into literacy has the potential to develop metacognitive awareness of language and literacy practices, inform practice, and provide opportunities for students to use literacy in meaningful and authentic ways. Drawing upon a teacher-research study into the use of argument…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Action Research, Teacher Researchers, Metacognition
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Yopp, Ruth Helen – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Word Links, an effective strategy for developing students' vocabulary, is based on four principles. It provides contextual and definitional information; offers repeated exposure to words and opportunities to practice them; encourages students to think about relationships among word meanings; and involves active engagement in learning tasks. Yopp…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Semantics, Vocabulary
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Skinner, Emily – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Teachers are coming to understand the value of using a student's interests, habits, and questions as a starting point for instruction. In this article, Skinner introduces "Teenage Addiction," a voluntary seventh-grade after-school writing/popular culture club that helped students view popular culture through a critical lens and then write about…
Descriptors: Mentors, Popular Culture, Writing Workshops, Media Literacy
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Wilson, Jennifer L. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
Two boys from a special education class worked with Wilson to improve reading. Using Miscue Analysis to assess their reading strengths and weaknesses, Wilson engaged the boys in analyzing their miscues (Collaborative Retrospective Miscue Analysis), which led to their increased confidence and use of additional reading strategies.
Descriptors: Grade 7, Special Education, Reading Processes, Miscue Analysis
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