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Ranck-Buhr, Wendy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
The development of academic literacy requires students to think critically about multiple text types. Picturebooks can be rich and varied resources on which to base well-designed instruction that will facilitate thinking, discussions, connections, and problem solving in multiple content areas. From the Holocaust to ecology to grammar, picturebooks…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Teaching Methods
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Recognizing the importance of vocabulary for comprehension, Wilhelm asks two key questions: "which words do I teach and how should I teach them?" Through years of trial and error, Wilhelm has adopted these principles to answer "which words": teach "important" words students will see and use again; words necessary to conceptual understanding; words…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Equal Education, Vocabulary Development, Middle Schools
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Bintz, William P.; Moran, Petra Pienkosky; Berndt, Rochelle; Ritz, Elizabeth; Skilton, Julie A.; Bircher, Lisa S. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Today, increasing numbers of teachers at all grade levels are recognizing that inference is a powerful way of thinking and an important 21st century skill for all students to use and develop across the curriculum. Increasing numbers of teachers are also recognizing that developing and implementing integrative curriculum is important at all grade…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Inferences, Middle Schools, Teaching Methods
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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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Reissman, Rose Cherie – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article focuses on middle school students analyzing product labels. The labels were analyzed in terms of which facts they purported to impart and to what extent these so-called facts tallied with actual data and scientific/health analyses of the products. Students then reworded the labels to include only documented facts. They also shared the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Merchandise Information, Consumer Economics
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Moss, Barbara, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
The Common Core State Standards are driving the profession toward more cross-disciplinary teaching. The standards themselves address the what of curriculum rather than the how, but they do offer text exemplars for different grade levels. While some find the exemplars too difficult, others see them as worthwhile texts that, with a teacher's…
Descriptors: State Standards, Lifelong Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, State Curriculum Guides
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Perry, Tonya B. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
In today's middle school classroom, grouping is an essential learning tool that enhances students' ability to collaborate with others and deepen their own thinking. Implementing group work effectively, though, can be a challenge, especially since groups tend to end their work at "ragged" or staggered times. Creating "anchor activities"--respectful…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Cooperative Learning
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Hovan, Gretchen – Voices from the Middle, 2012
In this era of high-stakes testing and densely packed state standards, it is too easy for writing to become a meaningless process, useful only for school. Many strategies can help to get all students writing, but this author set out to find a strategy to help students see the power of writing and to know that their voices matter. Writing groups…
Descriptors: Audiences, Writing Processes, Middle Schools, Writing Assignments
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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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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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Allington, Richard L. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
At the minimum, one of every four middle school students will struggle to cope with the grade-level textbooks they are typically assigned to read. Few reading programs used in middle schools have any research evidence that they actually improve student reading proficiencies. Only three programs had even modest evidence of a positive effect, and…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Textbooks, Reading Difficulties, Reading Programs
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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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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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Meyer, Richard – Voices from the Middle, 2011
The first part of this article is a discussion of the present contexts in which middle level teachers, students, and researchers learn and teach; it's a rather dismal portrait constrained by legislation and policies. The second part, in which hope begins to present itself, introduces readers to some middle level students, their teacher, and a…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Researchers, Progressive Education, Adolescents
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