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Costello, Adrienne – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Young adolescents are immersed in 21st century literacies in their daily lives, and they bring into schools a level of appreciation and expertise that often goes untapped. This article presents an eighth-grade English classroom's experience with digital video composing and informal classroom drama as multimodal literacy practices. Students in this…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Drama, Teaching Methods, Adolescents
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Parsons, Seth; Williams, Baxter; Burrowbridge, Sarah; Mauk, Gary – Voices from the Middle, 2011
The authors present adaptability as an important component of reading teacher effectiveness. They demonstrate recent conceptions of teacher effectiveness that value the complexity and unpredictability of classroom instruction. Using an example from a middle grades classroom, they illustrate how effective teachers adapt their instruction to enhance…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Reading Teachers, Media Adaptation, Literacy
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Christensen, Linda – Voices from the Middle, 2011
Christensen discusses why teachers need to teach students "voice" in its social and political context, to show the intersection of voice and power, to encourage students to ask, "Whose voices get heard? Whose are marginalized?" As Christensen writes, "Once students begin to understand that Standard English is one language among many, we can help…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, Language Role, English Instruction, Student Empowerment
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Bell, Athene; Ewaida, Marriam; Lynch, Megan R.; Zenkov, Kristien – Voices from the Middle, 2011
This article reports on the findings of a photography and literacy project ("Through Students' Eyes") the authors conducted with middle level English language learners and alternative high school youth from a mid-Atlantic (US) ex-urban area. In order to bridge middle and high school settings, the authors used multimodal and photo…
Descriptors: High Schools, Urban Areas, Photography, Video Technology
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Hynds, Susan – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Declaring that "public education is at a crossroads where the future of our world could not be more precariously poised," the author addresses the challenges facing middle school teachers, such as the narrowing of curriculum due to high-stakes assessments. She argues that students should not leave middle school without the "interpretive skills"…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Teachers, Interpretive Skills, Public Education
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Cramer, Susan; Cramer, Steven – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Online classes are a viable option in today's educational landscape, but are they right for your school and students? This article reviews the status of online education, 21st century skills, best practices in online education, and online classes as experienced by a middle school student and parent. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Online Courses, Conventional Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Middle Schools
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Fisher, Peter; Blachowicz, Camille – Voices from the Middle, 2007
The authors address the need to teach students to become more word aware by focusing on metasemantic awareness, alongside morphological and syntactic awareness, as a basis for developing metacognition about words. They extend the concept of a definition map to other forms of vocabulary learning and provide several helpful graphic organizers.…
Descriptors: Syntax, Semantics, Metacognition, Metalinguistics
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Ratner, Jonathan – Voices from the Middle, 2005
Louise Rosenblatt, the author's mother, is invited to say a few words to the attendees of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention at an afternoon session. As the appointed hour nears, he helps her navigate her way to the hall entrance. Staggered, he feels his heart almost stop. Louise keeps walking--and a few minutes…
Descriptors: Literary Criticism, English Instruction, Theory Practice Relationship, Teacher Education
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Rosenblatt, Louise M. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
In this essay, the author explains not only how she came to write her classic text "Literature as Exploration," but she also describes the path of her own professional journey. A conviction about the difference between "literary" and other reading led to her writing "Literature as Exploration" in the first place. In this book, she argued that…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Liberal Arts, English Instruction, Literature
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Rosenblatt, Louise M. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
This article contains excerpts from the author's two seminal texts: "Literature as Exploration (New York: MLA, 1938) and "The Reader, the Text, the Poem" (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1978). In "Literature as Exploration," the author first presented her transactional theory of reading as she explored the personal, social,…
Descriptors: Literature Appreciation, Reader Response, Literature, Educational Philosophy
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O'Flahavan, John; Wallis, Judy – Voices from the Middle, 2005
In this article, the authors discuss how Louise Rosenblatt's work influenced many teachers' teaching and learning practices. Rosenblatt was known for helping readers find their rightful place in the act of reading. Louise argued in the 1930s (and steadfastly maintained until her recent death) that the act of reading was a dynamic transaction…
Descriptors: Democracy, Literature Appreciation, Reader Response, Context Effect
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Karolides, Nicholas J. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
In this article, the author describes the work of Louise Rosenblatt as a scholar, an educator, and an advocate of a democratic approach towards teaching English literature. Rosenblatt started her teaching career in 1927 at Barnard College and concluded it in 2004 at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) celebration of her 100th…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, English Literature, English Instruction, Literature Appreciation
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Kajder, Sara – Voices from the Middle, 2004
Because the modern an age demands technological and visual literacies alongside strong skills in reading and writing, students must be effective communicators in order to succeed. In this article, the author argues that in order to prepare students for success outside of the classroom, a twelfth grader needs to do more than read at a twelfth grade…
Descriptors: Language Arts, English Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration
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Smith, Susan H.; Hickey, Bethany – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Describes the activity "Menu Magic!" that helps eighth graders review the power of adjectives. Notes that students "eat up this project" that promises to deliver the opportunity to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate while giving students the chance to work in cooperative groups. Describes and gives examples of the "Menu Magic" project. (SG)
Descriptors: Adjectives, Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, English Instruction
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Allen, Janet – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Shares several middle level teachers' best ideas for teaching vocabulary. Describes using word lines with English as a second language students. Shares a vocabulary activity that could be used across content areas. Describes how to use the current words on a word wall to make a transition into a new unit and the beginning of new word lists. (SG)
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, English (Second Language), English Instruction, Instructional Innovation
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