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Newman, Beatrice Mendez – Voices from the Middle, 2012
The funds of knowledge concept serves as scaffolding for encouraging students to draw on background experiences and home language to generate authentic writing. This article describes and illustrates several classroom strategies, including 1) using culturally relevant mentor texts; 2) applying Nancie Atwell's writing territories concept; 3)…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mentors, Writing Instruction, Educational Strategies
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Chandler-Olcott, Kelly; Burnash, Jodi; Donahue, Danielle; DeChick, Maureen; Gendron, Michele; Smith, James; Taylor, Mary; Zeleznik, John – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article describes lessons learned about grouping by teachers and teacher educators who worked collaboratively to design and deliver a summer writing institute for a heterogeneous population of students about to begin ninth grade at an urban high school. Institute staff used co-teaching (Cook & Friend, 1995) extensively to provide support for…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Literacy, Grade 9, Team Teaching
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Hovan, Gretchen – Voices from the Middle, 2012
In this era of high-stakes testing and densely packed state standards, it is too easy for writing to become a meaningless process, useful only for school. Many strategies can help to get all students writing, but this author set out to find a strategy to help students see the power of writing and to know that their voices matter. Writing groups…
Descriptors: Audiences, Writing Processes, Middle Schools, Writing Assignments
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Lacina, Jan; Block, Cathy Collins – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Many recent publications describe writing as the neglected "r"; however, there is very little data on what writing instruction looks like in schools, especially in grades 4-6. The purpose of this article is to describe large urban school district literacy leaders' views on the state of writing instruction within their districts--and their…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Grade 4, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Radcliffe, Barbara J. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
In middle school, the focus of writing instruction shifts away from narrative writing to more academic writing. In the process, many students become less engaged as they respond to inauthentic prompts; additionally, their writing becomes stilted and formulaic. This article addresses the role narrative writing plays by acting as a springboard to…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Persuasive Discourse, Expository Writing
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Morgan, Denise N. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Writing needs to be taught, not assigned, but teaching writing well within a 43-minute period is a daunting task. This article describes how three 8th-grade teachers implemented a unit of study approach to teaching memoir writing in their language arts classes. Teacher and student decision making are highlighted in this inquiry process. ["Teaching…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Teaching Methods, Units of Study, Writing Instruction
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Wilhelm, Jeff, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Students need to develop five kinds of knowledge to be successful in any kind of specific reading or writing task. These kinds of knowledge can be developed through five different kinds of composing that lead to deep understanding of how texts are constructed with specific content to create particular effects and meaning. Following this process…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Academic Standards
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Teng, Allen – Voices from the Middle, 2012
A middle school language arts teacher reflects on his experience in utilizing a school-housed online social network to create avenues for authentic audience, purpose, and response to student writing. With many technology proponents advocating a 21st century education, the fact that interacting with the Web 2.0 environment is essentially a reading…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Writing Exercises, Writing Teachers, Educational Technology
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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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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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Robbins, Kristen – Voices from the Middle, 2011
This article chronicles how the process of reviewing and grading student written work became an integral part of a middle school teacher's writing workshop practice. In addition to discussing how reading student work can bring educators back to the heart of the profession (including the belief that spending time with drafts can reap more rewards…
Descriptors: Writing Workshops, Grading, Middle School Teachers, Writing Instruction
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Wilson, Melissa B.; Blady, Shannon; Kumar, Tracey; Moorman, Honor; Prior, Lori; Willson, Angeli – Voices from the Middle, 2011
As educators who have been strongly influenced by this journal, the authors decided to do a content analysis of the "voices" from "Voices from the Middle," from its inception to today. They listened closely to who is talking, what the authors are (and are not) discussing, the educational contexts of these conversations, and how the dialogue has…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Content Analysis, Literacy Education, Cooperation
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Johnston, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2011
In the summer of 2009, this author devised a Saturday program with an emphasis on writing for publication targeting three students as his nucleus. One of the students, Mariano, was the only one of the three to accept the invitation. This was a strong indication of his passion for writing. Thus, three weeks before school began, the author and…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Reading Skills, Student Writing Models, Writing for Publication
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Rose, Suzanne M. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
When asked to discuss their middle school language arts classes, talented eighth graders identified concerns and made suggestions for their teachers. Students voiced desire for choices in selecting reading materials, writing topics and genre. They preferred having extended periods of time to engage in reading and writing activities, rather than…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Grade 8, Middle Schools, Middle School Students
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Wilhelm is a vocal advocate for the substantive integration of technology into language arts classes in ways that support the "critical" use of technologies and the learning of new concepts and procedures for reading and composing. He makes the case that no one can be considered fully literate without a familiarity with and appreciation for our…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Cost Effectiveness, Technology Integration
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