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Ranck-Buhr, Wendy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
As both a teacher and a parent, Ranck-Buhr knows a little something about working with students and keeping them engaged in the reading and writing processes... even recalling a son who was a reluctant book-report writer until he was offered some choice of reading material. She suggests practical ways to implement two vital elements in the…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Writing Processes, Reading Motivation, Reading
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Werner-Burke, Nanci; Spohn, Jane; Spencer, Jessica; Button, Bobbi; Morral, Melissa – Voices from the Middle, 2012
The authors describe the steps they took to ramp up their efforts to reach out to students by retooling their teaching. Four factors became essential: the use of writing as a tool for engagement and learning, the necessity to prepare students to compete in an increasingly digitized world, the motivational appeal of the graphic novel genre, and the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Competition, Writing Instruction
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Fingon, Joan C. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article highlights the Wimpy Kid diary book series by Jeff Kenney and discusses how educators can increase their knowledge base and take advantage of integrating such highly visual and nontraditional texts within the reading and language arts curriculum to enhance students' vocabulary development and reading comprehension. The article…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Interests, Reading Processes, Vocabulary Development
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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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Sharp, Claudia; Martinez, Miriam – Voices from the Middle, 2010
An instructional framework that included the use of a touchstone text, literature circles, and independent reading and writing created a rich context for the study of mysteries in a fifth-grade classroom. Key points include a) the complexity of the touchstone text as a key factor in shaping the instructional goals in this genre study, and b) the…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Reading Instruction, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods
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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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Weber, Christine – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Weber issues a challenge to teachers grappling with the demands (and failures) of NCLB, and asks them to make certain that advanced and gifted readers are not left behind. To that end, she shares characteristics of gifted readers, ways to support them, and tips for teaching that will result in doing "a much better job of providing appropriate…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Reading Skills, Teaching Methods, Special Needs Students
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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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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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Newman, Beatrice Mendez – Voices from the Middle, 2006
In "The Jumping Tree", set in Nuevo Penitas, an actual South Texas town, 12-year-old Rey Castaneda recounts landmark events in his journey toward becoming a man. Rey's stories of his childhood escapades, adventures, and everyday experiences could be anyone's childhood stories. When readers have finished the last page, they have relived the…
Descriptors: Novels, Reading Materials, Childrens Literature, Instructional Materials
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McGinnis, Theresa – Voices from the Middle, 2006
A Los Angeles County middle school filled with students who bring a wide range of talents, languages, and cultures serves as the context for McGinnis's reflections on her teaching of multicultural literature through a critical pedagogy lens. With the realization that her teaching can transform students' lives, she focuses on building an atmosphere…
Descriptors: Literature, Multicultural Education, Critical Theory, Reflective Teaching
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Rosenblatt, Louise M. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
No one seems to think it necessary to explain what is meant by "literature," or the "aesthetic." If one analyzes the use of these terms in their contexts, a variety of tacit assumptions seems to operate. Sometimes, all that is required is that a text already has been designated as "literature." Sometimes, the presence of story, of a narrative, is…
Descriptors: Literature, Aesthetics, Aesthetic Education, Reader Text Relationship
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Kaywell, Joan F. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
"[T]wenty-five percent of today's teenagers have inordinate emotional baggage beyond the normal angst of adolescence." This burden can lead to unhealthy escapes, including substance abuse, sexual activity, violence, eating disorders, and suicide. One healthy escape, however, lies in books, where students can read about teenagers living in painful…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adolescent Attitudes, Emotional Problems, Health Behavior
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Mueller, Vicki L. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
A class of reluctant readers and writers responded positively when topics were discussed orally before writing. As writing improved, the author of this article introduced "Coffee House"--themed settings for oral performance of student writing. After modeling her own writing, the author invited students to perform, gratified when even the most…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Picture Books, Writing Skills, Writing Processes
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