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From the Secondary Section: Mentoring New Teachers by Empowering the “Peeps”
Kay Parks Haas
Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.
From the Secondary Section: Green Pens, Marginal Notes: Rethinking Writing and Student Engagement
Jocelyn A. Chadwick
Speaking My Mind: Logging In: Connecting with Secondary Students Online
Jane M. McManus
“Speaking My Mind” invites readers to speak out about controversial issues relevant to the teaching of English language arts.
Speaking My Mind: Waving the Yellow Flag on Data-Driven Assessment of Writing
Juxtaposing Immigrant and Adolescent Girl Experiences: Literature for All Readers
Mary Amanda Stewart
Stewart suggests novels and themes to which all readers can relate and in which immigrant, adolescent girls will see themselves.
Using The Joy Luck Club to Teach Core Standards and 21st Century Literacies [FREE ACCESS]
Leslie David Burns and Stergios G. Botzakis
The authors demonstrate instruction of a popular text in a manner that aligns with the new Common Core State Standards.
Interpreting Graphic Versions of Shakespearean Plays
Paula Wolfe and Danielle Kleijwegt
Shakespearean graphic novels are far more valuable for “active perceivers” than “passive receivers.”
Using Graphic Texts in Secondary Classrooms: A Tale of Endurance
Teaching graphic novels isn’t easy, but it’s worth the effort.
Constructing and Engaging Biography: Considerations for High School English Teachers
A teacher and published author of biographies of John Lennon, Jesse Owens, Condoleezza Rice, and others, Edmondson offers great ideas for bringing biography into secondary English classes.
Lawnmowers, Parties, and Writing Groups: What Teacher-Authors Have to Teach Us about Writing for Publication [FREE ACCESS]
Anne Elrod Whitney
English teachers are far too busy to write for publication. So why do so many of us do it?
Putting the “Shop” in Reading Workshop: Building Reading Stamina in a Ninth-Grade Literacy Class in a Bronx Vocational High School [FREE ACCESS]
Amanda N. Gulla
Gulla offers a snapshot of a successful reading workshop in a challenging school environment.
The Grammar Workshop: Systematic Language Study in Reading and Writing Contexts
Leah A. Zuidema
Do you find traditional, out-of-context grammar instruction too limiting? Try Zuidema’s suggestions of field notebooks, mentor text analysis, and more.
Using Parody to Read and Write Original Poetry
William P. Bintz
Close reading, deep understanding, and fun are just some of the benefits Bintz’s students derive from writing humorous versions of well-known poems.
And the Winner Is . . . Choosing a Middle School Author Laureate
Joanne S. Gillespie
The real winners in this literary contest are Gillespie’s students.
Poem: Angels of Death
Poem: Olive Juice
Susan E. Oringel
Mentoring Matters: Finding the Golden Mean: Mentors and Student Teachers Working for Success
"Mentoring Matters" focuses on effective ways to support new English teachers and student teachers.
Off the Shelves: Old Tales Made New Again: Shakespeare’s Place in Young Adult Literature [FREE ACCESS]
"Off the Shelves" discusses new young adult literature and explores ways of teaching YA texts in middle and high school English classes.
Research for the Classroom: Lost in Translation: Assessing Writing of English Language Learners
Tom Meyer, Martha Young, and Fabiola Lieberstein-Solera
"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.
Success with ELLs: We Are All Writers! Building Second Language Writing Skills in the ELA Classroom
"Success with ELLs" suggests effective approaches to teaching English language learners in ways that can be of benefit to all students in mainstream middle and high school English classes.
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