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Pytash, Kristine E.; Morgan, Denise N.; Batchelor, Katherine E. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This article summarizes preservice teachers' experiences in a book club that read young adult literature focused on issues related to bullying. Preservice teachers learned to recognize various incidents of bullying in the books. They also began to consider how they might handle incidents of bullying in their future classrooms. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Bullying, Preservice Teachers, Middle School Students
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Cordi, Kevin; Masturzo, Kimberly – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Determined to shift the balance by providing a venue for students' voices, Cordi and Masturzo reclaimed and remade a Web space to address bullying using digital storytelling (Ohler, 2009). Using "Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories", they guided their undergraduate students on a valuable journey of self-exploration, reflection, and…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Bullying, Video Technology, Reflection
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Moss, Barbara, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This column provides an overview of the Common Core text exemplars and gives examples of ways teachers can group text exemplars and other trade books in ways that will support middle graders' understanding of complex texts. Building background by supplementing text exemplars with other titles is particularly emphasized. Suggestions for grouping…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Academic Standards, State Standards, Instructional Material Evaluation
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Moss, Barbara, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
In this column, the author reviews books and other resources that address issues related to teaching tolerance for those of other religions, races, gender orientations, and cultures. It reviews titles related to Jewish oppression, including Doreen Rappaport's (2012) "Beyond Courage, the Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during the…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Jews, Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education
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Ranck-Buhr, Wendy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
As both a teacher and a parent, Ranck-Buhr knows a little something about working with students and keeping them engaged in the reading and writing processes... even recalling a son who was a reluctant book-report writer until he was offered some choice of reading material. She suggests practical ways to implement two vital elements in the…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Writing Processes, Reading Motivation, Reading
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Fingon, Joan C. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article highlights the Wimpy Kid diary book series by Jeff Kenney and discusses how educators can increase their knowledge base and take advantage of integrating such highly visual and nontraditional texts within the reading and language arts curriculum to enhance students' vocabulary development and reading comprehension. The article…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Interests, Reading Processes, Vocabulary Development
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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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Gallo, Don – Voices from the Middle, 2010
From a 40-year perspective, Don Gallo examines the field of young adult literature, comparing it to ice cream--its various flavors and levels of richness. The article proclaims the profundity of the field and the quality of its writers, summarizes historical highlights, defends it against its detractors, and explains the importance of helping…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Young Adults, Authors, Reading Material Selection
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Groenke, Susan; Maples, Joellen; Henderson, Jill – Voices from the Middle, 2010
While young adult literature increases adolescents' motivation to read, and adolescents choose to read young adult novels over more canonical works when given opportunities to choose, the authors present yet another reason for teaching young adult literature in the middle school classroom: it provides a medium through which adolescents and their…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Young Adults, Adolescents, Novels
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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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Ford, Kim, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Friendship lies at the very heart of the middle school experience. Here are books to help students navigate those waters, recognize what (and who) has value, and determine what kind of friend they want to be.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Friendship, Adolescent Literature, Reading Material Selection
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Hall, Katrina Willard – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Certainly a major bump in the literacy road today is the apparent conflict between school literacies and the preferred literacy activities of students outside of school. After family conversation about a nephew who was getting poor grades in language arts, Hall shares her thinking on the dilemmas of what constitutes literacy, how literacies kids…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Adolescent Literature, Language Arts, Teaching Methods
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Hayes, Sandy – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Hayes recognizes the value of connections kids make when authors and settings strike a familiar note. She invites readers to participate in a new event at this year's NCTE Annual Convention in New York City: The 21st-Century Literary Map Project gallery, where attendees are encouraged to examine affiliates' literary maps, see digital or…
Descriptors: Maps, Adolescent Literature, Middle School Students, Computer Uses in Education
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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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Meixner, Emily S. – Voices from the Middle, 2006
This professor of preservice teachers challenges her students to expand their understanding of "culture" beyond racially specific contexts and into the many roles people play within the communities to which they belong. To provide her students with support as they work to teach literature in ways that are relational as well as context-specific,…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods, Community Education
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