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Batchelor, Katherine – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article describes one middle school teacher's use of literature circles using heterogeneous grouping. It begins with a brief rationale for using literature circles in the language arts classroom. Next, it describes techniques to form literature circles. Then, it shares how to build and establish a supportive environment within each group. It…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Heterogeneous Grouping, Middle School Teachers, Cooperative Learning
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Horn, Brian R. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Utilizing critical and sociocultural approaches to teaching and learning, this article presents data from seven middle grade students at a Title I school regarding their experiences in a student-constructed learning group. Findings reveal students' desires and abilities to constructively participate in work with others that runs contrary to common…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Best Practices, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Communities of Practice
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Tobin, Maryann Tatum – Voices from the Middle, 2012
New literacies in reading research demand the study of comprehension skills using multiple modalities through a more complex, multi-platform view of reading. Taking into account the robust roll of technology in our daily lives, this article presents an update to the traditional literature circle lesson to include digital storytelling and…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Documentaries, Video Technology, Personal Narratives
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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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Ranck-Buhr, Wendy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
As both a teacher and a parent, Ranck-Buhr knows a little something about working with students and keeping them engaged in the reading and writing processes... even recalling a son who was a reluctant book-report writer until he was offered some choice of reading material. She suggests practical ways to implement two vital elements in the…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Writing Processes, Reading Motivation, Reading
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
A primary task of teachers is to promote the culture of collaboration in classrooms. That's because we are smarter together than we are alone. But for teachers to leverage the unique social capacity of classrooms, they need to understand how to create situations requiring and rewarding collaboration (like that of inquiry), how to structure groups,…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Learning Strategies, Teacher Role, Cooperative Learning
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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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Elliott-Johns, Susan E.; Booth, David; Rowsell, Jennifer; Puig, Enrique; Paterson, Jane – Voices from the Middle, 2012
A collaborative team of five international teacher educators/researchers examine the importance of student voice for authentic discourse and instructional design in contemporary classrooms. Excerpts from their perspectives on teaching, research, and innovative programs are woven together and include suggested Actions/Reflections for the reader.…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Instructional Design, Teacher Educators, Researchers
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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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Hagood, Margaret C. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
New literacies are affecting the ways that we choose to spend our time in teaching and learning. In this article, Hagood describes the work of nine middle grades teachers' explorations of new literacies, including digital technologies and pop culture, and their implementations in their content area instruction. She also highlights some of the…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Content Area Reading, Risk, Rewards
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Kist, William – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article synthesizes 15 years of research in middle school classrooms that have started to integrate new literacies into their daily teaching and learning. Trends of the data suggest there are certain salient characteristics of middle school teachers and students in these grade levels that make such innovations more successful with them than…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Classrooms, Middle School Teachers, Critical Literacy
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Schechter, Amy; Denmon, Jennifer M. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Many teachers find it difficult to encourage their students to write in class, yet writing is becoming increasingly important in academic and workplace settings. Students are already writing through cell phone texting, gaming systems, and social networking sites every day, but these resources go largely untapped in many English language arts…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Content Area Writing, Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques
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Leland, Chris; Ociepka, Anne; Kuonen, Kate – Voices from the Middle, 2012
As adolescents spend more and more time engaging in various on line activities, teachers are questioning the role that language arts curricula might play in helping them become savvy technology users. In this study, an eighth-grade teacher responded to her students' unauthorized participation on MySpace[TM] by initiating an inquiry into social…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Literacy Education, Social Networks, Early Adolescents
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