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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Recognizing the importance of vocabulary for comprehension, Wilhelm asks two key questions: "which words do I teach and how should I teach them?" Through years of trial and error, Wilhelm has adopted these principles to answer "which words": teach "important" words students will see and use again; words necessary to conceptual understanding; words…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Equal Education, Vocabulary Development, Middle Schools
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Moss, Barbara, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
In this column, the author reviews books and other resources that address issues related to teaching tolerance for those of other religions, races, gender orientations, and cultures. It reviews titles related to Jewish oppression, including Doreen Rappaport's (2012) "Beyond Courage, the Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during the…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Jews, Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education
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Barone, Diane; Barone, Rebecca – Voices from the Middle, 2012
The authors examined the strength of literature circles in developing background knowledge--an acknowledged sticking point in the development of understanding for middle graders--with a special focus on the literature circle role of "investigator," where it is student initiative and not teacher direction that guides comprehension. Observing…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Novels, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension
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Bintz, William P.; Moran, Petra Pienkosky; Berndt, Rochelle; Ritz, Elizabeth; Skilton, Julie A.; Bircher, Lisa S. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Today, increasing numbers of teachers at all grade levels are recognizing that inference is a powerful way of thinking and an important 21st century skill for all students to use and develop across the curriculum. Increasing numbers of teachers are also recognizing that developing and implementing integrative curriculum is important at all grade…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Inferences, Middle Schools, Teaching Methods
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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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Marzano, Robert J. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Marzano offers a brief review of research in vocabulary instruction, focusing on the concept of "tiers" to describe words used with different contexts and purposes. He then suggests teaching tools that may work to help specific student populations learn and retain those words across the K-12 curriculum.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Vocabulary, Elementary Secondary Education, Vocabulary Development
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Davis, Sarah – Voices from the Middle, 2012
In any content area, teachers have opportunities to help their students develop more robust vocabularies; however, many content area teachers "know relatively little about effective instructional practices for vocabulary development" (Fisher & Frey, 2008). This article offers content area teachers three examples of rich opportunities for word…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development, Middle School Students, Science Instruction
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Smith, Antony T.; Angotti, Robin L. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Vocabulary presents a challenge to students in content area classes, making it difficult to understand new concepts and make connections to background knowledge. This article describes the 5 Cs, a tool developed to help content area teachers consider vocabulary as part of lesson planning. By selecting a set of key words for instruction, teachers…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Teacher Role, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods
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Gabriel, Rachael; Allington, Richard; Billen, Monica – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Can students read difficult but self-selected texts--and if so, how? In this article we describe what we learned about middle school students' use of background knowledge and specific vocabulary from interviews and surveys in our longitudinal study of magazine reading habits. Then we discuss the implications of these findings for structuring…
Descriptors: Literacy, Periodicals, Reading Habits, Independent Reading
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Reissman, Rose Cherie – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article focuses on middle school students analyzing product labels. The labels were analyzed in terms of which facts they purported to impart and to what extent these so-called facts tallied with actual data and scientific/health analyses of the products. Students then reworded the labels to include only documented facts. They also shared the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Merchandise Information, Consumer Economics
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Moss, Barbara, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
The Common Core State Standards are driving the profession toward more cross-disciplinary teaching. The standards themselves address the what of curriculum rather than the how, but they do offer text exemplars for different grade levels. While some find the exemplars too difficult, others see them as worthwhile texts that, with a teacher's…
Descriptors: State Standards, Lifelong Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, State Curriculum Guides
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Wilhelm has studied the Common Core State Standards and come away with a generally positive opinion. His concern is that now that the Standards are written, we let professional teachers mold them into the best possible practices for teaching their students. With specific advice for working with students--developing background knowledge, making…
Descriptors: State Standards, Core Curriculum, Alignment (Education), Academic Achievement
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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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Nelson, Trudi J. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
The potential benefits of collaboration often become overwhelmed with complaints of "freeloaders"--students who do not do their share of the work in the group but get the same grade. However, a survey of gifted students shows that they are likely to take on the bulk of the group's work, a situation that may not encourage group members to get…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Overachievement, Cooperative Learning, Surveys
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Perry, Tonya B. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
In today's middle school classroom, grouping is an essential learning tool that enhances students' ability to collaborate with others and deepen their own thinking. Implementing group work effectively, though, can be a challenge, especially since groups tend to end their work at "ragged" or staggered times. Creating "anchor activities"--respectful…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Cooperative Learning
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