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Hagood, Margaret C. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
New literacies are affecting the ways that we choose to spend our time in teaching and learning. In this article, Hagood describes the work of nine middle grades teachers' explorations of new literacies, including digital technologies and pop culture, and their implementations in their content area instruction. She also highlights some of the…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Content Area Reading, Risk, Rewards
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Annamma, Subini; Eppolito, Amy; Klingner, Janette; Boele, Amy; Boardman, Alison; Stillman-Spisak, Stephanie J. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
The authors interviewed 17 middle school reading and language arts teachers as part of a larger study on an evidence-based intervention called Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR). CSR is a multi-component reading instructional model combined with cooperative grouping and peer discussion. We show from the teacher interviews that CSR has benefits…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Evidence, Middle Schools, Oral Language
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Assaf, Lori Czop; Ash, Gwynne Ellen; Saunders, Jane – Voices from the Middle, 2011
In this article, the authors describe how Jenae, a seventh-grade English language arts teacher, modified I-Charts (Hoffman, 1992; Randall, 1996) and I-Search papers (Macrorie, 1988) to support the needs of her adolescent English Language Learners (ELLs). They highlight how she improved upon two timeless instructional practices by integrating…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language)
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Hubbard, Janet – Voices from the Middle, 2011
When the author offered the option of writing an article for "Voices from the Middle" to her seventh- and eighth-grade language arts classes, some students were unwavering in their preference to stay on the steady, familiar ground of writing a letter to a peer about a book they had read and loved. Noah McCord, Tobin Feldman-Fitzthum, and…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Teacher Role, Grade 8, Grade 7
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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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Wirsing, Janice – Voices from the Middle, 2009
A classroom teacher reflects on the benefits of professional development leading to improved and energized student writing. Although traditional professional development sparked interest and encouraged modifications, the support of a teacher inquiry group as ongoing professional development provided the impact needed to effect significant change…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Inquiry, Teacher Improvement, Writing Skills
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Wall, Amanda; Edmunds, J. Spencer – Voices from the Middle, 2009
This paper explores the ways one school continues to enhance both literacy and service-learning through the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Over the course of their middle-school years, young adolescents at Canterbury School visit a range of sites in the community. They also explore service-learning at home and around the world by…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, School Visitation, Experiential Learning, Grade 7
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Hughes, Janette; John, Amy – Voices from the Middle, 2009
The authors share the story of a performance-based poetry project undertaken by a class of grade 6 and 7 students. The use of new digital media for reading, writing, and representing poetry encouraged an exploration of the relationship between text and image and how images and sound might be used to mediate meaning making. New media have an…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Poetry, Student Interests, Grade 7
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Hansen, Jane – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The author, a renowned researcher and literacy expert, helps young adolescents see themselves as having potential. In the classroom, they explore the importance of building relationships, leadership styles and skills, and their roles in society to create their own identities.
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Adolescents, Self Concept, Leadership
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Yopp, Ruth Helen – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Word Links, an effective strategy for developing students' vocabulary, is based on four principles. It provides contextual and definitional information; offers repeated exposure to words and opportunities to practice them; encourages students to think about relationships among word meanings; and involves active engagement in learning tasks. Yopp…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Semantics, Vocabulary
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Skinner, Emily – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Teachers are coming to understand the value of using a student's interests, habits, and questions as a starting point for instruction. In this article, Skinner introduces "Teenage Addiction," a voluntary seventh-grade after-school writing/popular culture club that helped students view popular culture through a critical lens and then write about…
Descriptors: Mentors, Popular Culture, Writing Workshops, Media Literacy
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Essley, Roger – Voices from the Middle, 2005
Essley was a "different learner," and now he works in schools showing teachers how visual/verbal tools can help all students, including their "different learners," succeed. One valuable tool is storyboarding, a process by which students build a story through visual stages--drafts, conferences, revisions--before writing even begins. Essley shares…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Learning Strategies, Visual Aids, Instructional Materials
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Wilson, Jennifer L. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
Two boys from a special education class worked with Wilson to improve reading. Using Miscue Analysis to assess their reading strengths and weaknesses, Wilson engaged the boys in analyzing their miscues (Collaborative Retrospective Miscue Analysis), which led to their increased confidence and use of additional reading strategies.
Descriptors: Grade 7, Special Education, Reading Processes, Miscue Analysis
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Goodson, F. Todd; Goodson, Lori Atkins – Voices from the Middle, 2005
The authors acted on their belief that familiarity with text and repeated readings of it would help students with fluency, comprehension, and confidence. They assembled a list of "cuttings" excerpts of full-length books from which seventh-grade students could choose to prepare a public reading. After working alone, in pairs, and reading for a…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Reading Fluency, Oral Interpretation, Reading Comprehension
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Coggeshall, Kara; Doherty, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2004
The dilemma of promoting young adult literacy gripped the authors' seventh-grade class last year as never before. In an attempt to obliterate the students' reluctance to reading, the authors looked to technology to help motivate the students and break down their resistance to reading. This article describes the authors' successful integration of…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Adult Literacy, Reading Instruction, Grade 7
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