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Gallo, Don – Voices from the Middle, 2010
From a 40-year perspective, Don Gallo examines the field of young adult literature, comparing it to ice cream--its various flavors and levels of richness. The article proclaims the profundity of the field and the quality of its writers, summarizes historical highlights, defends it against its detractors, and explains the importance of helping…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Young Adults, Authors, Reading Material Selection
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Yolen, Jane – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Jane Yolen, the award-winning author of over 300 books, shares her writing process and invites us to understand the differences between writing for picture books, writing narratives, and collaborating on a graphic novel, as she experienced while writing her first graphic novel Foiled. The relationship between the illustrations and the text is…
Descriptors: Design, Picture Books, Cartoons, Writing Processes
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Sharp, Claudia; Martinez, Miriam – Voices from the Middle, 2010
An instructional framework that included the use of a touchstone text, literature circles, and independent reading and writing created a rich context for the study of mysteries in a fifth-grade classroom. Key points include a) the complexity of the touchstone text as a key factor in shaping the instructional goals in this genre study, and b) the…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Reading Instruction, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods
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Groenke, Susan; Maples, Joellen; Henderson, Jill – Voices from the Middle, 2010
While young adult literature increases adolescents' motivation to read, and adolescents choose to read young adult novels over more canonical works when given opportunities to choose, the authors present yet another reason for teaching young adult literature in the middle school classroom: it provides a medium through which adolescents and their…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Young Adults, Adolescents, Novels
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Wilhelm applies two of his core beliefs--that anyone can learn the next appropriate concept or process if they are provided with a meaningful situation and proper assistance, and that literacy and the kinds of texts we call literature provide a unique and powerful way of knowing and of transforming the self--to a look at how recent research on the…
Descriptors: Brain, Concept Formation, Learning Processes, Cognitive Processes
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Sailors, Misty; Makalela, Leketi; Hoffman, James V. – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Our lead article explores the impact the authors witnessed when they helped South African teachers create culturally relevant books written in their students' languages. Through participation in the Ithuba Writing Project, these teachers were able to relate transformative stories about their lives through books that they subsequently shared in the…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Foreign Countries, Culturally Relevant Education, African Languages
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Maltese, Denise; Naughter, Kate – Voices from the Middle, 2010
This article explores collaboration between a rural school in upstate New York and an international school in Amman, Jordan. The authors describe how they provided their students with real audiences for their writing, and, over time, built an international community of writers. Classroom walls were blurred as the authors "team-taught"…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, International Cooperation
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Lehman, Christopher; DeLiddo, Emily – Voices from the Middle, 2010
The United States involvement in the Middle East has been prominent in our recent national history, sometimes clouded by myths and misrepresentations of the people of that region of the world. This article details the experiences of teacher-researchers working with teachers and students in Amman, Jordan, to develop powerful English writing…
Descriptors: Writing Workshops, Foreign Countries, Writing Skills, Writing Instruction
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Gilles, Carol – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Research supports what many teachers have long known: talk is a valuable tool for learning. But how can we incorporate talk and still keep students on task, thinking collectively and deeply? Gillis offers a solid theoretical foundation for incorporating talk throughout the curriculum, and then provides practical help for implementing it, with…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Speech Communication, Teaching Methods, Teacher Student Relationship
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Weber, Christine – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Weber issues a challenge to teachers grappling with the demands (and failures) of NCLB, and asks them to make certain that advanced and gifted readers are not left behind. To that end, she shares characteristics of gifted readers, ways to support them, and tips for teaching that will result in doing "a much better job of providing appropriate…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Reading Skills, Teaching Methods, Special Needs Students
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Demko, Maura – Voices from the Middle, 2010
A brief history of NCLB and the resultant scripted reading programs shows how hollow these fixes are when you eliminate teacher responsibility, professional judgment, and flexibility. The authors caution, "In some cases, we do think that these programs can be successful, but only if the teacher has the power as an educator to adjust the…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Teacher Responsibility, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement
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Egawa, Kathryn A. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Borrowing her title from Parker Palmer's "Courage to Teach", Kathy Egawa revisits her own professional learning journey and contrasts traditional, one-size-fits-all professional development with her own more meaningful learning from teaching. Her stories and research from the field focus on 1) learning from students, 2) learning among colleagues,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teaching (Occupation), Teachers, Communities of Practice
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Whitney, Anne Elrod – Voices from the Middle, 2009
While publishing has not typically been part of the official job description of teachers in the same way it has been for university scholars, a significant portion of articles in journals like "Voices from the Middle" are written by practicing teachers. Writing about your teaching practice or classroom inquiry for an audience of fellow teachers…
Descriptors: Writing for Publication, Occupational Information, Periodicals, Teaching Methods
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Wirsing, Janice – Voices from the Middle, 2009
A classroom teacher reflects on the benefits of professional development leading to improved and energized student writing. Although traditional professional development sparked interest and encouraged modifications, the support of a teacher inquiry group as ongoing professional development provided the impact needed to effect significant change…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Inquiry, Teacher Improvement, Writing Skills
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Seglem, Robyn – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Through the participation in professional learning communities, teachers can reinvigorate their teaching careers. Support systems like the National Writing Project allow teachers to build upon their own strengths, as well as learn from others across all grade levels and disciplines. While more traditional professional development options often…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration, Writing Instruction, Teacher Improvement
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