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Pytash, Kristine E.; Morgan, Denise N.; Batchelor, Katherine E. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This article summarizes preservice teachers' experiences in a book club that read young adult literature focused on issues related to bullying. Preservice teachers learned to recognize various incidents of bullying in the books. They also began to consider how they might handle incidents of bullying in their future classrooms. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Bullying, Preservice Teachers, Middle School Students
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Cowan, Kay; Sandefur, Sarah – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This article discusses an exemplary EL program grounded in research-based literacy strategies. World War II and the Holocaust served as the backdrop for a program that stressed vocabulary and concept development, and then connected that understanding to reading and writing. The "five streams" used to address literacy competencies included reading…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Self Efficacy, Literacy, Novels
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Schmitt, Maribeth Cassidy – Voices from the Middle, 2011
Clay's work regarding how learners develop independent, strategic control over the process of constructing meaning from written texts indicates that all learners need a flexible repertoire of strategies as a network for: (a) "problem solving" or working on text on the run, (b) "self-monitoring" of the message for clarity and coherence, and (c)…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Problem Solving, Rhetoric, Middle School Students
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Kelley, Michelle; Clausen-Grace; Nicki – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The Metacognitive Teaching Framework (MTF) is explained from the initial teacher-directed think-aloud through to students' independent use of cognitive strategies. The four stages of the MTF are described and tips for implementation are offered. Using questioning as an example, the authors work through what this looks like from stage 1 through…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Action Research, Educational Psychology, Reading Strategies
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Fisher, Douglas; Fey, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The increased focus on reading strategies has had a number of unintended consequences, including the creation of strategy worksheets and isolated strategy instruction. We explore these unintended consequences and provide examples of how middle school teachers can engage students in authentic reading comprehension instruction that results in…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Middle School Teachers
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Smiles, Tracy – Voices from the Middle, 2008
A teacher-researcher describes how collaborative inquiries with students into literacy has the potential to develop metacognitive awareness of language and literacy practices, inform practice, and provide opportunities for students to use literacy in meaningful and authentic ways. Drawing upon a teacher-research study into the use of argument…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Action Research, Teacher Researchers, Metacognition
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Hill, K. Dara – Voices from the Middle, 2008
This study examines unintended consequences during a 6th-grade book club discussion of Bette Bao Lord's (1984) In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. The participants modeled a book club discussion, otherwise known as the fish bowl, for a newly enrolled student. Unintended consequences occurred within the realm of deviating from the rules of…
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Clubs, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Grade 6
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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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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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Probst, Robert E. – Voices from the Middle, 2006
To those who would claim that the study of literature is impractical, Probst would respond vehemently, "No, it is essential." The habit of thoughtful reading, insightful questioning, and critical evaluation are learned in English language arts classes where a variety of genres, characters, and situations push students to analyze and debate and…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Democracy, Language Arts, Reading Strategies
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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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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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Wilson, Jennifer L. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
Two boys from a special education class worked with Wilson to improve reading. Using Miscue Analysis to assess their reading strengths and weaknesses, Wilson engaged the boys in analyzing their miscues (Collaborative Retrospective Miscue Analysis), which led to their increased confidence and use of additional reading strategies.
Descriptors: Grade 7, Special Education, Reading Processes, Miscue Analysis
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Doherty, James; Coggeshall, Kara – Voices from the Middle, 2005
Doherty and Coggeshall combined their two classes--one regular education and one special education--and, agreeing on the value of reader's theater and storyboarding for all students, embarked on a team teaching effort that resulted in improvements for all students, and unprecedented success for "special" students. A template for storyboarding is…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Reading Strategies, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Team Teaching
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