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Wickens, Corrine M.; Wedwick, Linda – Voices from the Middle, 2011
Looking backwards, discussions around sexual orientation and sexual identity have been noticeably absent at the middle grades. As a result, middle grade teachers may find it difficult to know how to effectively select age-appropriate materials that include LGBTQ issues and content. To move the field forward, the authors specifically highlight four…
Descriptors: Sexual Identity, Consciousness Raising, Educational Environment, Reading Material Selection
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Gallo, Don – Voices from the Middle, 2010
From a 40-year perspective, Don Gallo examines the field of young adult literature, comparing it to ice cream--its various flavors and levels of richness. The article proclaims the profundity of the field and the quality of its writers, summarizes historical highlights, defends it against its detractors, and explains the importance of helping…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Young Adults, Authors, Reading Material Selection
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Groenke, Susan; Maples, Joellen; Henderson, Jill – Voices from the Middle, 2010
While young adult literature increases adolescents' motivation to read, and adolescents choose to read young adult novels over more canonical works when given opportunities to choose, the authors present yet another reason for teaching young adult literature in the middle school classroom: it provides a medium through which adolescents and their…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Young Adults, Adolescents, Novels
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Kittle, Penny, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
As teachers, our most important mission is to turn our students into readers. It sounds so simple, but it's hard work, and we're all on a deadline. Kittle describes a class in which her own expectations that students would become readers combined with a few impassioned strategies succeeded ... at least with a young man named Alan.
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Recreational Reading, Educational Strategies, Secondary School Students
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Ford, Kim, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Friendship lies at the very heart of the middle school experience. Here are books to help students navigate those waters, recognize what (and who) has value, and determine what kind of friend they want to be.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Friendship, Adolescent Literature, Reading Material Selection
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Hall, Katrina Willard – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Certainly a major bump in the literacy road today is the apparent conflict between school literacies and the preferred literacy activities of students outside of school. After family conversation about a nephew who was getting poor grades in language arts, Hall shares her thinking on the dilemmas of what constitutes literacy, how literacies kids…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Adolescent Literature, Language Arts, Teaching Methods
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Allington, Richard L. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
School districts have come to think of intervention for struggling readers as something accomplished in a session outside the classroom, one period long, taught by someone other than that student's usual teacher. This often leaves struggling readers in a learning environment where no theory or empirical evidence would predict substantial learning.…
Descriptors: Intervention, Reading Difficulties, Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies
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Hedrick, Wanda B. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
The behaviorist theory encourages educators to use rewards as teaching strategies. Extrinsic rewards eventually reduce intrinsic motivation, cheapen value and love of learning, give the wrong messages, and create an escalating no-win game. Three significant principles of motivation particularly important in fostering internal motivation for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Rewards, Motivation, Interpersonal Relationship
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Moen, Christine Boardman – Voices from the Middle, 2007
While strongly endorsing a multi-pronged approach to vocabulary instruction, Moen takes pains to include and even emphasize work with English Language Learners. By adhering to the principles of A.C.T. (Access to texts, individual Choice of reading material, and Time to read), Moen finds myriad ways to make learning words a creative and social…
Descriptors: Play, Educational Games, Reading Aloud to Others, Middle School Students
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Wedwick, Linda; Wutz, Jessica – Voices from the Middle, 2006
When the authors realized that successful book selection is not a natural skill for all learners, they developed a tool to support self-selection of independent reading material without book leveling. This tool is called BOOKMATCH, and it supports readers for whom book selection is "complicated." BOOKMATCH is an acronym in which each letter…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Independent Reading, Reading Material Selection, Evaluation Criteria
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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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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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Goodman, Amy – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Explains that a Middle School Literacy Teacher Expert supports and guides teachers with innovative strategies to help students master basic literacy skills to become lifelong learners. Explains the A.C.T.I.V.E. strategy to encourage students to ask, comment, track down, infer, visualize, and Eureka! (synthesize). (PM)
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Middle Schools, Reader Response, Reading Instruction
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Jago, Carol – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Explains that plot and structure, character, setting, point of view, style and language, symbol, and theme are the building blocks of fiction. Contends that these elements of literature provide readers with the tools they need for navigating difficult texts. Concludes that when teachers determine that a novel's setting is too foreign or the point…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Fiction, Middle Schools, Reading Comprehension
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Probst, Robert – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Examines ideas about the literate and the illiterate, the tutored and the untutored in the poem "Answer," by Mary Oliver. Suggests that if educators want students to read carefully and analyze conscientiously, then the works they study have to matter to them. Discusses universal literacies, literacy in school and out, classroom discourse and real…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Literacy, Middle Schools, Poetry
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