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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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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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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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Stuart, Denise H. – Voices from the Middle, 2010
There is a need to integrate into classroom learning the out-of-school technologies that students interact with every day. We know that reader response approaches to the study of literature engage learners, and we also know that both students and teachers have mixed attitudes about the study of poetry. In this article, a response activity with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Reader Response, Poetry, Teacher Attitudes
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Trousdale, Ann; Bach, Jacqueline; Willis, Elizabeth – Voices from the Middle, 2010
This qualitative study of sixth graders in a language arts classroom explores how interpreting poems for choral reading deepened, enriched, and expanded their interpretations of poetry. Key factors in the process included students' sense of freedom to interpret poetry in multiple ways, listening to their own and others' voices speaking the lines…
Descriptors: Intimacy, Grade 6, Poetry, Small Group Instruction
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Friese, Elizabeth E. G.; Nixon, Jenna – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Two educators and a classroom of fifth grade students integrated poetry writing into social studies curriculum focusing on World War II. Several strategies and approaches to writing poetry are highlighted including list poems, writing from photographs and artifacts, and two voice poems. The study culminated in a poetry reading and the creation of…
Descriptors: War, Anthologies, Grade 5, Poetry
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Heard, Georgia – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Georgia Heard spent a week with students in New Mexico, encouraging their search for "self-portrait poetry"--poetry in which they saw themselves. She witnessed courage, pain, tragedy, and hope in the choices and writing of those struggling students, and came to learn that at least one among them had found a life-changing outlet.…
Descriptors: Pain, Poetry, Self Disclosure (Individuals), At Risk Students
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Napoli, Mary; Ritholz, Emily Rose – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Motivation is an essential component in developing a love of reading in middle level struggling students. For these readers, novels in verse bridge the gap to more challenging pieces of literature. In this article, Title One students explored Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson and learned that they, too, are poets. (Contains 9 figures.)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Novels, Poetry, Reading Motivation
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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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Minnick, J. Bradley; Mergil, Fernando – Voices from the Middle, 2008
This article expands upon Jeffrey Wilhelm's and Brian Edmiston's (1998) concept of a doubling of viewpoints by encouraging middle level students to use dramatization to take on multiple perspectives, to pose interpretive questions, and to enhance critical inquiry from inside and outside of texts. The doubling moment is both the activation of…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Poetry, Middle School Students, Drama
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Hayes, Sandy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2008
With the misleading descriptor of "toy for generating word clouds," Wordle can be a powerful classroom tool, says Hayes. She outlines how its use for reading skills (predicting, summarizing, and comparing) and writing skills (prewriting, revising, generating poetry, expanding multimodal literacies) can engage students and develop creative and…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Writing Skills, Reading Skills, Poetry
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Lain, Sheryl – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Students who engage in the writing process learn to write. Period. And yet many teachers, including Lain when she was a beginning teacher, don't know how to make the time for it, how to structure it, and how to evaluate it. Here, Lain offers us the help we need by focusing on the teaching tools for introducing students to this format, the…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Poetry, Writing Workshops, Writing Processes
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Rosenblatt, Louise M. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
In this article, the author answers specific questions: Just how do I foster an aesthetic stance? What types of activities encourage an efferent stance? She carefully explains her position--that the aesthetic stance in reading is missing in schools--and outlines what teachers must do to balance efferent reading with aesthetic. She also discusses…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Poetry, Aesthetics, Reading Instruction
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Rosenblatt, Louise M. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
In this article, the author redefines "text" and "poem" so that attention will be focused on the reader. The text, she argues, lies inert on the page until the reader comes along and brings it to life in the act of reading, reacting, and reflecting. A poem, then, must be thought of as an event in time. It is not an object or an ideal entity. It is…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Poetry, Reader Text Relationship, Reader Response
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Corrigan, Eireann – Voices from the Middle, 2004
Corrigan remembers well the angst and conflict of adolescence, as well as how important the right book at the right time could be in helping kids understand themselves and others. That ability to identify closely with teens permeates her story in verse, "Splintering," several verses of which are included here.
Descriptors: Reading Material Selection, Adolescent Literature, Adolescents, Authors
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