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Cowan, Kay; Sandefur, Sarah – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This article discusses an exemplary EL program grounded in research-based literacy strategies. World War II and the Holocaust served as the backdrop for a program that stressed vocabulary and concept development, and then connected that understanding to reading and writing. The "five streams" used to address literacy competencies included reading…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Self Efficacy, Literacy, Novels
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Smith, Antony T.; Angotti, Robin L. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Vocabulary presents a challenge to students in content area classes, making it difficult to understand new concepts and make connections to background knowledge. This article describes the 5 Cs, a tool developed to help content area teachers consider vocabulary as part of lesson planning. By selecting a set of key words for instruction, teachers…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Teacher Role, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods
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Gabriel, Rachael; Allington, Richard; Billen, Monica – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Can students read difficult but self-selected texts--and if so, how? In this article we describe what we learned about middle school students' use of background knowledge and specific vocabulary from interviews and surveys in our longitudinal study of magazine reading habits. Then we discuss the implications of these findings for structuring…
Descriptors: Literacy, Periodicals, Reading Habits, Independent Reading
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Chandler-Olcott, Kelly; Burnash, Jodi; Donahue, Danielle; DeChick, Maureen; Gendron, Michele; Smith, James; Taylor, Mary; Zeleznik, John – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article describes lessons learned about grouping by teachers and teacher educators who worked collaboratively to design and deliver a summer writing institute for a heterogeneous population of students about to begin ninth grade at an urban high school. Institute staff used co-teaching (Cook & Friend, 1995) extensively to provide support for…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Literacy, Grade 9, Team Teaching
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Lacina, Jan; Block, Cathy Collins – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Many recent publications describe writing as the neglected "r"; however, there is very little data on what writing instruction looks like in schools, especially in grades 4-6. The purpose of this article is to describe large urban school district literacy leaders' views on the state of writing instruction within their districts--and their…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Grade 4, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Kist, William – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article synthesizes 15 years of research in middle school classrooms that have started to integrate new literacies into their daily teaching and learning. Trends of the data suggest there are certain salient characteristics of middle school teachers and students in these grade levels that make such innovations more successful with them than…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Classrooms, Middle School Teachers, Critical Literacy
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Choudhury, Mohammed; Share, Jeff – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Using new literacies critically can be an excellent pedagogy for motivating and empowering students who feel alienated from their school and society. This article describes how one middle school teacher engaged his inner-city English language learners with critical media literacy as a way of making their learning more meaningful and motivating.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Media Literacy, Urban Youth, English (Second Language)
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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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Kremer, Nick; Sanders, Harlow – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Shakespeare didn't write scripts so much as he wrote plays--live productions to be acted out in front of audiences through multimodal forms of expression. Yet some teachers' script-only approach to the Bard inadvertently isolates students from the many visual, auditory, and performative elements that make his plays so enduring. This article…
Descriptors: Scripts, Audiences, Literacy, Novels
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Nichols, Phil – Voices from the Middle, 2012
In an effort to expose students to a wide array of 21st century literacies, it is easy for teachers to forget the equally important role of leading students in critical inquiry regarding "when" and "why" particular media ought to be used. This results in students who possess knowledge of how to use a medium but lack the wisdom to truly understand…
Descriptors: Audiences, Criticism, Literacy, Evaluation
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Wilhelm asks, "But are new literacies just fun?" Then he immediately answers, "Absolutely not--if we as teachers provide the right context and conditions of their use." Offering research-based advice on incorporating technology to increase motivation and deepen learning, Wilhelm boils it down to this bottom line: it's engaged, substantive,…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Technology, Reflection, Literacy
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Gutzmer, Cara; Wilder, Phillip – Voices from the Middle, 2012
If we listen to them, the words of our students can provide a road map for instructional responses that meet their diverse literacy needs. In this article, Cara Gutzmer, a middle school literacy coach, and Phil Wilder, a teacher collaborator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discuss how a responsive teaching framework guided their…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Writing Processes, Poetry, Writing Improvement
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Wozniak, Cheryl L. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
Reluctant and struggling readers, many of whom are boys, are placed in reading intervention classes; however, often the environmental conditions of these intervention classrooms are not conducive for fostering a student's love for reading. This article describes Cambourne's optimal conditions for literacy learning and the results from implementing…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Intervention, Reading Aloud to Others, Independent Reading
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Brock, Cynthia H.; Boyd, Fenice B. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
This article takes us inside two urban middle school classrooms where the majority of students speak African American English. In addition to exploring the nature of literacy instruction inside Mrs. Baird's and Ms. Lawson's classrooms, we examine both teachers' underlying beliefs with respect to language, literacy, and learning. This inquiry…
Descriptors: Literacy, North American English, Teaching Methods, Beliefs
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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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