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Larson, Lisa; Dixon, Temoca; Townsend, Dianna – Voices from the Middle, 2013
The purpose for this action research study was to answer the question: "How can we enhance students' active engagement with academic vocabulary in social studies classes?" In this article, the authors share the strategies they developed through their research that proved most effective in engaging middle school students with active academic…
Descriptors: Action Research, Social Studies, Vocabulary Development, Classroom Techniques
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Wilhelm, Jeff – Voices from the Middle, 2001
Discusses text features that tended to engage boys, and describes their desire to use literacy to share and socialize. Finds that boys were more different than alike, and that very particular conditions in the social context were more important than preexisting interests. Offers brief descriptions of 11 books the author has found to be appealing…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Elementary Secondary Education, Males
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Sunstein, Bonnie S. – Voices from the Middle, 1996
Illustrates dilemmas of "self" and "other" through memories of the author's relationship with her grandmother. Discusses assessment involving three close encounters: a reflective encounter (self to self); a reflexive encounter (self to other); and a dialectical encounter (a teacher who can act as mediator between self and other). (SR)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Portfolio Assessment
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Robbins, Bruce; Fischer, Kris – Voices from the Middle, 1996
Describes a project in which students in a seventh-grade English class were paired with university students in an English methods class, sharing weekly writing and responses via a computer network. Discusses how the project enhanced the teaching and learning opportunities for both sets of students. (SR)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Computer Networks, Electronic Mail, English Teacher Education
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Krater, Joan; Zeni, Jane – Voices from the Middle, 1996
Describes an action research project which began by asking how English teachers could improve the writing of their African American students, and gradually came to ask how the teachers' own cultural assumptions might be blocking their teaching relationships. Identifies and discusses eight principles of their approach, and discusses changes in…
Descriptors: Action Research, Classroom Research, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism