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Fu, Danling – Voices from the Middle, 2004
Fu highlights the large percentage of students in our classrooms for whom English is a second language and recommends strategies for helping them to adjust and to succeed in mainstream situations. Advice such as "Just teach from where they are," "Diversify instruction," and "Recognize that oral language development is essential," among others,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Limited English Speaking, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education
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Deringer, Marlene L. – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Notes that as an alternative to written responses to young adult literature (YAL) in the author's Adolescent Literature course, the preservice and inservice teachers must present at least one visual response to the class. Presents guidelines for the visual response. Gives some examples of outstanding visual responses in recent years. Encourages…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Art Activities, Critical Thinking, Higher Education
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Considers how colleges and universities are turning their first-year composition courses into computer-intensive writing experiences, and sooner or later this momentum will push computers into secondary language arts classrooms. Presents annotations of seven websites that offer teaching ideas for middle school language arts. (SG)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Computer Uses in Education, Instructional Improvement, Internet
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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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Avi – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Outlines a successful children's literature author's struggle with writing in high school and college. Contends that stories are vital because they are experienced. Notes that children's literature is about the possibilities of childhood. (PM)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Diaries, Fiction, Higher Education
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Allen, Janet – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Describes how the author uses three properties of vocabulary instruction that increase comprehension: integration, repetition, and meaningful use. Notes that these three properties can be a natural part of the teaching and learning that occur each day in the classroom. (SG)
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Reading Comprehension, Reading Material Selection, Secondary Education
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Lesesne, Teri S. – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Shares some novels that can reinvigorate a "dormant reader." Presents annotations of nine titles and some additional titles related to the main nine titles. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Novels, Reading Material Selection
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Ford, Kim – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Presents an annotated bibliography of nine books that kids think are great. Recommends the books on the basis of pure enjoyment. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Literature Appreciation, Reading Attitudes
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Jago, Carol – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Discusses how James Gray, founder of the Bay Area Writing Project and later the National Writing Project, began with a simple idea--successful teachers are the best teachers of teachers. Describes how James Gray laid a foundation for what has become a national network with 175 sites across the nation, providing a professional home for thousands of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, Reflective Teaching
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Ford, Kim – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Presents student-written summaries about nine science fiction, mysteries, humor, historical fiction, classics, and books that may become classics that the students felt were the best books they ever read. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Classics (Literature), Humor, Reading Material Selection
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Ford, Kim – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Presents annotations of 12 novels for young adults. Encourages teachers to give their students books to read because it often makes a difference. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection
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Allen, Janet – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Discusses how students cite two difficulties that consistently get in the way of their success during content reading: boring texts and too many difficult words. Suggests the use of graphic organizers that help learners break down information they would have overlooked because it seemed too abstract or difficult. Concludes that the best resource…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Graphic Organizers, Reader Text Relationship, Secondary Education
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Glenn, Mel – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Suggests that educators can provide the nurturing and encouraging atmosphere, the sense to say what works and what does not, and the freedom to let the students express whatever their synaptic processes produce without the fear that their lives and grades depend on it. Presents a "Top Ten List" of the best "rules" in teaching poetry writing. (SG)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Creative Expression, English Instruction, Poetry
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Heartwell, Proal – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Presents some poems the author has used with students, the prompts they considered, and the poems they wrote in response. Concludes that educators must take advantage of opportunities where students can share their poems so that they, too, can experience the power of the written word. (SG)
Descriptors: Instructional Innovation, Mentors, Poetry, Reading Aloud to Others
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Corrigan, Paul – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Suggests that kids need to see the concrete, work-a-day manner in which poetry is and can be woven into their existence. Presents a summary of the steps that are used by the teacher and student when learning something new through the expert-apprentice relationship. Outlines how to move students through the steps. (SG)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, English Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Poetry
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