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Luke, Allen; Woods, Annette – Voices from the Middle, 2009
This article serves as a condensed history of the evolution of "critical literacy" and offers a context--social, cultural, and economic--that allows readers to understand its purpose and impact on teaching practices. This "family of approaches...share[s] a commitment to the use of literacy for purposes of equity and social justice.…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Literacy
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Maples, Joellen; Groenke, Susan – Voices from the Middle, 2009
The authors unpack a unit in which students were asked to consider the question, "Who and what is an American?" The activity originated with a discussion of 6 fictional profiles; students were asked to place these people along a continuum from "least American" to "most American." The resulting discussions broadened…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Middle School Students, Literary Criticism, Immigrants
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Desler, Gail – Voices from the Middle, 2009
The Change Writers project was born in the Title I schools of Elk Grove, California, when Gail Desler, a technology integration specialist, became motivated to open up the district's mandated "Open Court" curriculum to better serve intermediate-grade students. Through writing, technology, and imagination, a larger conversation was…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Schools
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Wall, Amanda; Edmunds, J. Spencer – Voices from the Middle, 2009
This paper explores the ways one school continues to enhance both literacy and service-learning through the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Over the course of their middle-school years, young adolescents at Canterbury School visit a range of sites in the community. They also explore service-learning at home and around the world by…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, School Visitation, Experiential Learning, Grade 7
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Heard, Georgia – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Georgia Heard spent a week with students in New Mexico, encouraging their search for "self-portrait poetry"--poetry in which they saw themselves. She witnessed courage, pain, tragedy, and hope in the choices and writing of those struggling students, and came to learn that at least one among them had found a life-changing outlet.…
Descriptors: Pain, Poetry, Self Disclosure (Individuals), At Risk Students
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Napoli, Mary; Ritholz, Emily Rose – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Motivation is an essential component in developing a love of reading in middle level struggling students. For these readers, novels in verse bridge the gap to more challenging pieces of literature. In this article, Title One students explored Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson and learned that they, too, are poets. (Contains 9 figures.)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Novels, Poetry, Reading Motivation
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Chiaravalloti, Laura A. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Service-learning is an instructional methodology teachers can use to foster student engagement in rigorous curricula. Through service-learning, middle level students see that what they are learning in school is real and important, and that they can be valued, contributing members of society. In this article, the Titans team at Remington Middle…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Difficulty Level
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Hughes, Janette; John, Amy – Voices from the Middle, 2009
The authors share the story of a performance-based poetry project undertaken by a class of grade 6 and 7 students. The use of new digital media for reading, writing, and representing poetry encouraged an exploration of the relationship between text and image and how images and sound might be used to mediate meaning making. New media have an…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Poetry, Student Interests, Grade 7
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Hansen, Jane – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The author, a renowned researcher and literacy expert, helps young adolescents see themselves as having potential. In the classroom, they explore the importance of building relationships, leadership styles and skills, and their roles in society to create their own identities.
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Adolescents, Self Concept, Leadership
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Van Sluys, Katie – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Van Sluys and five eighth-grade ethnographers with a range of linguistic experiences in Spanish and English write about their processes and findings in their shared study of parent literacy practices. Here, they describe a disconnect between their own understandings of literacy and their roles in a literacy learning community. For example, their…
Descriptors: Literacy, Classroom Environment, Ethnography, Grade 8
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Bryant, Jill; Daniels, Stephen – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The authors describe a collaborative relationship between a new middle level language arts teacher and a teacher educator in which they implement "classroom committees." This project enabled students to be responsible for their classroom environment as they worked together to problem solve issues that were important to them. Bryant and Daniels…
Descriptors: Committees, Language Arts, Classroom Environment, Teacher Educators
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Kelley, Michelle; Clausen-Grace; Nicki – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The Metacognitive Teaching Framework (MTF) is explained from the initial teacher-directed think-aloud through to students' independent use of cognitive strategies. The four stages of the MTF are described and tips for implementation are offered. Using questioning as an example, the authors work through what this looks like from stage 1 through…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Action Research, Educational Psychology, Reading Strategies
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Fisher, Douglas; Fey, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The increased focus on reading strategies has had a number of unintended consequences, including the creation of strategy worksheets and isolated strategy instruction. We explore these unintended consequences and provide examples of how middle school teachers can engage students in authentic reading comprehension instruction that results in…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Middle School Teachers
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McMahon, Susan I. – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The authors adopt the stance that, even though strategy use should be taught to help learners monitor their comprehension, such instruction is not sufficient to insure transfer or ownership. Further, such instruction often emphasizes only literal recall, limiting students' understanding. Therefore, the author argues that teachers should consider…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Middle School Students, Recall (Psychology), Learning Strategies
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Smiles, Tracy – Voices from the Middle, 2008
A teacher-researcher describes how collaborative inquiries with students into literacy has the potential to develop metacognitive awareness of language and literacy practices, inform practice, and provide opportunities for students to use literacy in meaningful and authentic ways. Drawing upon a teacher-research study into the use of argument…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Action Research, Teacher Researchers, Metacognition
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