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Lesesne, Teri S. – Voices from the Middle, 2006
Reading aloud is often considered an elementary classroom activity, but think again. Lesesne offers research and classroom evidence that confirm reading aloud as a valid strategy for all ages of students. She also includes annotated lists of professional books that provide rationales and suggestions for teachers, as well as books, recent and…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Teaching Methods, Childrens Literature, Adolescent Literature
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Considers how colleges and universities are turning their first-year composition courses into computer-intensive writing experiences, and sooner or later this momentum will push computers into secondary language arts classrooms. Presents annotations of seven websites that offer teaching ideas for middle school language arts. (SG)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Computer Uses in Education, Instructional Improvement, Internet
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Lesesne, Teri S. – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Presents two lists of young adult literature titles totaling 100 works. Notes that the first list includes books with lasting appeal and the second list includes some new and notable books to fill a summer reading list. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Literature Appreciation, Reading Material Selection, Secondary Education
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Explains a shift in reading instruction theories, from defining reading as a set of discrete skills to understanding the role prior knowledge plays in comprehension. Presents annotations of 11 web sites that give teachers ideas about how to help students construct meaning and how to transact with text in powerful ways. Notes that these strategies…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Graphic Organizers, Internet, Prior Learning
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Suggests three main characteristics middle school students can look for when deciding whether a Web site has reliable information. Encourages students to "Think APE": Author, Purpose, and Expiration date. Presents an annotated list of eight Web sites to help build Web literacy. (SG)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, English Instruction, Evaluation Methods, Internet
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Lesesne, Teri S. – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Shares some novels that can reinvigorate a "dormant reader." Presents annotations of nine titles and some additional titles related to the main nine titles. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Novels, Reading Material Selection
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Ford, Kim – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Presents an annotated bibliography of nine books that kids think are great. Recommends the books on the basis of pure enjoyment. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Literature Appreciation, Reading Attitudes
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Ford, Kim – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Presents student-written summaries about nine science fiction, mysteries, humor, historical fiction, classics, and books that may become classics that the students felt were the best books they ever read. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Classics (Literature), Humor, Reading Material Selection
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Discusses how the technology of alphabetic writing is the first technology to "blame" for students' spelling problems. Considers the use of computers and spell checkers in dealing with spelling issues. Lists 10 Web sites that address spelling reform; research on spelling; and spelling lists, tests, tips, and games. (SG)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Internet, Spelling Instruction
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Ford, Kim – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Presents annotations of 12 novels for young adults. Encourages teachers to give their students books to read because it often makes a difference. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection
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Ford, Kim, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Encourages the idea of cross-generational shared reading experiences. Presents annotations (written by students) of 12 titles. Notes that almost half of the books that are featured have been around for a while, and yet they are still fresh for new readers. (SG)
Descriptors: Classics (Literature), Literature Appreciation, Middle Schools, Reading Instruction
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Abrahamson, Richard F. – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Suggests that if adolescents are going to get hooked on poetry and read and write more than an occasional sample, they need to have teachers share with them poetry they will enjoy. Considers a study by Karen Kutiper of middle school student poetry preference. Presents conclusions from this study along with a list of the 25 most popular poems. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Literature Appreciation, Middle Schools, Poetry
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Provides an annotated list of 12 web sites to turn to for information concerning the ramifications of high-stakes testing. (SG)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests, Internet
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Lesesne, Teri S. – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Suggests some criteria for evaluating young adult (YA) literature. Presents three ideas for criteria, and annotations of 12 YA novels published in 2001 or 2002 that meet the criteria. (SG)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Adolescent Literature, Novels, Reading Material Selection
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Daniels, Harvey – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Identifies a number of growth paths from 15 years of experimenting with Literature Circles. Presents an annotated bibliography of seven collections of very short fiction the author has been using to create collaboration minilessons. Notes that microfictions work on every level, are packed with craft, and often feature a surprising synthesis or…
Descriptors: Anthologies, Fiction, Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness
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