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Rose, Suzanne M. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
When asked to discuss their middle school language arts classes, talented eighth graders identified concerns and made suggestions for their teachers. Students voiced desire for choices in selecting reading materials, writing topics and genre. They preferred having extended periods of time to engage in reading and writing activities, rather than…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Grade 8, Middle Schools, Middle School Students
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Napoli, Mary; Ritholz, Emily Rose – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Motivation is an essential component in developing a love of reading in middle level struggling students. For these readers, novels in verse bridge the gap to more challenging pieces of literature. In this article, Title One students explored Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson and learned that they, too, are poets. (Contains 9 figures.)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Novels, Poetry, Reading Motivation
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Jester, Judith M. – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Teachers must also be writers. This notion, at the very heart of the National Writing Project, led Judith Jester to recognize the power of process, feedback, audience, modeling, and thinking. Being a writer and sharing the successful strategies she learned as a NWP fellow has helped her students grow as both thinkers and writers.
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Writing Teachers, Writing Instruction, Process Approach (Writing)