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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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Graves, Michael F. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Michael Graves points out that it is only in the last 40 years that a rich base of theory and research about teaching and learning vocabulary has come into being. Grounding his article in this research, he lists some of the factors testifying to the importance of vocabulary and discusses what may be the most crucial fact about the task of teaching…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Middle School Students
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Cowan, Kay; Albers, Peggy – Voices from the Middle, 2007
The authors, one a teacher-researcher and the other a literacy researcher, take on the daunting task of vocabulary instruction in a school with a socioeconomically diverse population. They have designed a literacy program that emphasizes vocabulary development and uses personal choice (for motivation) and scaffolded literacy strategies (for…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Literacy, Vocabulary Development, Reading Instruction
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Yopp, Ruth Helen – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Word Links, an effective strategy for developing students' vocabulary, is based on four principles. It provides contextual and definitional information; offers repeated exposure to words and opportunities to practice them; encourages students to think about relationships among word meanings; and involves active engagement in learning tasks. Yopp…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Semantics, Vocabulary
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Based on the belief that learning is deeper in meaningful contexts, Wilhelm makes a case for creating (authentically or simulated in the classroom) specific contexts that lead students into new identities, new perspectives, and new vocabulary. This is effectively accomplished by framing instructional units or curricular topics as inquiry,…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Language Patterns, Expressive Language, Content Area Reading
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Shanklin, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Many teachers, especially novice teachers, believe that teaching vocabulary is among their easier duties, but Shanklin makes a convincing argument that high-quality vocabulary teaching requires thoughtful preparation. Here she offers several sound techniques for engaging students with vocabulary in meaningful ways.
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Vocabulary Development, Secondary School Students, English (Second Language)
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Hayes, Sandy – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Hayes recognizes the value of connections kids make when authors and settings strike a familiar note. She invites readers to participate in a new event at this year's NCTE Annual Convention in New York City: The 21st-Century Literary Map Project gallery, where attendees are encouraged to examine affiliates' literary maps, see digital or…
Descriptors: Maps, Adolescent Literature, Middle School Students, Computer Uses in Education
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Clark, Ellen Riojas; Flores, Belinda Bustos – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Our schools see increasing numbers of students who reflect the wide diversity of this country's population, but too often these differences--culture, language, socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicity are viewed from negative or deficit perspectives when they are, in fact, the cultural capital that enriches discussion, broadens viewpoints, and…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Cultural Literacy, Language Proficiency, Interpersonal Relationship
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Skinner, Emily – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Teachers are coming to understand the value of using a student's interests, habits, and questions as a starting point for instruction. In this article, Skinner introduces "Teenage Addiction," a voluntary seventh-grade after-school writing/popular culture club that helped students view popular culture through a critical lens and then write about…
Descriptors: Mentors, Popular Culture, Writing Workshops, Media Literacy
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Shanklin, Nancy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Beginning teachers sometimes have the advantage, at least in one area. They are more prepared than ever to deal with the many "differences" their students bring to school. But as new teachers, they may also feel the most helpless to make needed changes. Here, Shanklin advises all of us on how to move forward within your classroom and your school.
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Student Diversity, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Pluralism
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Understanding that learning must be relevant and purposeful to be effective and engaging, Wilhelm emphasizes the value of teaching students "how to participate in meaningful activity in ways that make them increasingly expert in creating culture and . . . cultural meanings." He offers bullet points that suggest starting with students' experiences,…
Descriptors: Relevance (Education), Student Attitudes, Acculturation, Student Experience
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Wilson, Jennifer L.; Laman, Tasha Tropp – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Literacy educators are troubled by the isolated nature of many contemporary reading programs. Too often in middle school classrooms, students read alone, take computerized tests, and do not engage in authentic dialogue with peers. In this article, the authors argue that reading texts individually, while necessary, is not sufficient, and through…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Reading Programs, Criticism, Classrooms
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Hedrick, Wanda B., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
There's accountability and then there's the testing craze an iatrogenic practice that undermines real learning. Hedrick documents the negative effects of testing, giving teachers another weapon in their arsenal against mindless preparation for high-stakes tests.
Descriptors: Test Use, Testing, High Stakes Tests, Student Evaluation
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DeBenedictis, Deb – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Packaged programs for direct instructional reading are becoming the norm, even as research supports SSR as a successful way to enhance student reading achievement "and student attitudes" toward reading. DeBenedictis shows us how she has achieved goals set by NCLB while using SSR in her classroom, adaptations of SSR and the research that…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Silent Reading, Reading Achievement, Sustained Silent Reading
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Stephens, Liz C.; Radcliffe, Rich; Schaefer, Jan – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Because approximately two-thirds of the nation's middle school students are writing and reading below the proficient level (NCREL, 2005), researchers warn that we may be facing a literacy crisis in the next decade unless schools commit to creating a culture that promotes college or other postsecondary education. The authors endorse the position…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Middle School Students, Grade 6, Literacy
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