Issue Theme: The Community in the Classroom
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From the Secondary Section: Community in the Classroom
Katie Greene and Karen Conn Mitcham
Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.
An April Fool’s Day EJ Extra: Will Your Students Get the Joke? How to Plump a Paper [FREE ACCESS]
EJ in Focus: Connecting the Classroom, Community, and Curriculum [FREE ACCESS]
Join the popular author and high school teacher as he brings the real world of work to his Generation Y students. He describes class projects, guest speakers, and other ways for helping students develop literacy skills that will help them find gainful employment.
Inviting Parents In: Expanding Our Community Base to Support Writing
Cathy Fleischer and Kimberly Coupe Pavlock
Parents can be our greatest allies for ensuring effective writing instruction. Fleischer and Pavlock share strategies for engaging parents in supportive efforts with their children.Access additional handouts.
Digitalk as Community [FREE ACCESS]
Kristen Hawley Turner
Students aren’t just texting; they’re participating as members of a community of writers, developing skills of voice, purpose, and audience awareness.
Wiki Literature Circles: Creating Digital Learning Communities
Edmondson brings us literature circles for the 21st century.
Informal and Shared: Writing to Create Community
Deborah Dean and Adrienne Warren
Informal writing can provide excellent ways to create a classroom community that heightens students’ writing skills.
Novelzine: Reading and Writing Community
Karin H. deGravelles, Jacqueline Bach, Yvette Hyde, Angelle Hebert, with Debra Hale, Alesha Cavanaugh, and Monica Kimbrough
Four different English classes participate in an innovative writing project that’s novel in more than one way.
Powerful Writing: Promoting a Political Writing Community of Students
For students to act as responsible citizens, they must become comfortable writing with and about power.
Where to Begin? Using Place-Based Writing to Connect Students with Their Local Communities
Esposito asks students to compose public service announcements that hit them where they live.
Bridging Gaps and Preserving Memories through Oral History Research and Writing
Amy Dayton-Wood, Laren Hammonds, Lisa Matherson, and Leah Tollison
When students interview real people in their communities, they develop a more personal engagement with local history and a greater investment in purposeful research and writing.
“I Hate Group Work!” Social Loafers, Indignant Peers, and the Drama of the Classroom
Megan Lynn Isaac
Real-world collaborations aren’t perfect. Learn strategies for structuring positive group interaction in your classroom.
Poem: Perfect Circle
Poem: The Boys Who Fish
Allisa Abraham Hall
Poem: Best Art is Force(d)
Poem: Dead Sea Squirrels
Adventures with Text and Beyond: Challenging Genre, Medium, and Text—Students as Authentic Readers and Writers
P. L. Thomas
"Adventures with Text and Beyond" explores various ways of teaching literary theory to high school and middle school students.
Mentoring Matters: Rethinking Mentor Relationships
"Mentoring Matters" focuses on effective ways to support new English teachers and student teachers.
Professional Writing in the English Classroom: Literature-Based Professional Writing: An Oxymoron Whose Time Has Come
Kelley R. Newhouse, Michele L. Propper, Ruth M. Riedel, and Barbara S. Teitelzweig
"Professional Writing in the English Classroom" publishes articles about teaching students to write effectively in the genres, conventions, and visual designs required for professional contexts and related rhetorical situations.
Research for the Classroom: Punctuation: The Power and the Possibilities
"Research for the Classroom" publishes mini-studies of ELA classroom practices and suggests ways in which high school and middle school English teachers may study the effectiveness of their pedagogy.
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