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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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Ivey, Gay – Voices from the Middle, 2011
Based on her experiences with the transformation of 8th-grade reading in one school, Ivey advocates for a substantial shift in what students read in English class and what is available to them in school. Middle school classrooms are in dire need of a book makeover, and this should be the first order of business when considering what to do for…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Intervention, Reading Interests, Books
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Daniels, Harvey – Voices from the Middle, 2006
Long an advocate of literature circles, Daniels recaps the history of literature circles and cautions against the "terminology drift" that labels practices as literature circles when, in fact, they are not. He offers resources that anchor best practice in this area, and discusses how the concept is evolving and expanding. He also introduces us to…
Descriptors: Literature Appreciation, Reading Instruction, Class Activities, Group Activities
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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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Rosenblatt, Louise M. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
In this essay, "Viewpoints: Transaction versus Interaction--A Terminological Rescue Operation," originally published in 1985 ("Research in the Teaching of English," 19, 96-107), Rosenblatt points out that no text can guarantee that the experience it provides will be "literary." A poem might be read for the emotional and intellectual experience it…
Descriptors: Reading, Reading Processes, Art, Literature Appreciation
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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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Van Horn, Leigh – Voices from the Middle, 2005
In reviewing Louise Rosenblatt's contribution to the world of literature and human relations, the author has involved himself in the intense experience of reading, re-reading, and "transacting" with "Literature as Exploration," "The Reader, the Text, the Poem: The Transactional Theory of the Literary Work," "Transactions with Literature: A…
Descriptors: Human Relations, Literature Appreciation, Reading Writing Relationship
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Breen, Margaret; Rubin, Terri – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Considers how the "Readers Are Survivors" program encourages students to become lifelong readers, and focuses on the value of providing families with a way to actually communicate about something other than homework, chores, and curfews. Presents a description of what has evolved over the past three years in this program. Suggests that…
Descriptors: Group Discussion, Literature Appreciation, Middle Schools, Parent Participation
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Matthews-Burell, Jessica – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Describes how through a multifaceted heritage project, the author's eighth-grade students discover the magic of traveling with authors into the nooks and crannies of their seminal experiences, write their own budding memoirs, consider their values and beliefs, and compare family members' stories and values to their own. Outlines several elements…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Grade 8, Instructional Innovation, Literature Appreciation
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Lesesne, Teri S. – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Presents two lists of young adult literature titles totaling 100 works. Notes that the first list includes books with lasting appeal and the second list includes some new and notable books to fill a summer reading list. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Literature Appreciation, Reading Material Selection, Secondary Education
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Daniels, Harvey – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Discusses the influence of book club experiences on teachers. Argues that teachers simply must have a ready awareness of their own reading-as-thinking processes in order to effectively share and demonstrate them to kids. Suggests the implementation of teacher book clubs. (SG)
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Literature Appreciation, Metacognition, Middle Schools
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Ford, Kim – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Presents an annotated bibliography of nine books that kids think are great. Recommends the books on the basis of pure enjoyment. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Literature Appreciation, Reading Attitudes
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Ford, Kim, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Encourages the idea of cross-generational shared reading experiences. Presents annotations (written by students) of 12 titles. Notes that almost half of the books that are featured have been around for a while, and yet they are still fresh for new readers. (SG)
Descriptors: Classics (Literature), Literature Appreciation, Middle Schools, Reading Instruction
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Probst, Robert E. – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Notes that what all middle school students need is another kid like them but with words. Presents some examples of adolescents going through the rites of passage--someone like T.J. in Chris Crutcher's "Whale Talk," or Sara Louise Bradshaw in Katherine Paterson's "Jacob Have I Loved," or Brian in Gary Paulson's…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Characterization, Identification (Psychology), Literature Appreciation
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