Issue Theme: Characters and Character
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High School Matters: What Happens in Vegas . . . Ends Up in Your Classroom [FREE ACCESS]
Kay Parks Haas
Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.
High School Matters: Literacy Is More Than Books and Pens
Anna J. Small Roseboro
EJ Extra: 2011 Honor List: From Small-Town America to New Treatments of Old Myths and Family Stories
Alleen Pace Nilsen, James Blasingame Jr., and Don L. F. Nilsen
Speaking My Mind: Breaking Down Literature Boxes While Traveling with the Little Prince
Sharilyn C. Steadman
“Speaking My Mind” invites readers to speak out about controversial issues relevant to the teaching of English language arts.
Speaking My Mind: A Billable Services List: Paying Teachers More Like Doctors
EJ in Focus: Superman Is Dead: How We Help Students Make Sense of Literary Characters [FREE ACCESS]
A student’s fascination with the Man of Steel inspires this teacher and well-known author to ask three deep questions about how we can and should engage with charactersin English class.
Making Characters Come Alive: Using Characters for Identification and Engagement
Jocelyn A. Chadwick
Alienation and derived identity form the basis for several activities that can encourage adolescents to connect with works by Amy Tan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston,and Sandra Cisneros.
The Quest of Father and Son: Illuminating Character Identity, Motivation,and Conflict in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
A post-apocalyptic novel provides the impetus for discussions of literature, love, and what people really need.
Challenging Characters: Learning to Reach Inward and Outward from Characters Who Face Oppression
Characters who face difficult circumstances—such as Anne Frank and characters from “Am I Blue?” and A Child Called “It”—inspire deep connections and increasedreading skills.
How to Live? What We Can Learn from Ivan Ilych’s Death
Can the death of a 19th-century Russian bureaucrat breathe life into 21st-century American students?
Minds and Hearts: Using Jeannette Walls’s Memoir, The Glass Castle, to Teach Emotional Intelligence
A memoir of a dysfunctional childhood inspires students in a high-poverty district to develop strength, empathy, and hope.
Odysseus Deconstructed: Crossing the Threshold into Critical Thinking [FREE ACCESS]
Emily Nicole Howell
Is Odysseus really a hero to today’s students? Join this high school English teacher’s quest to find out.
Teaching Classic Literature with Comic Books and Virtual Lit Trips
Nancy B. Sardone
Sardone’s suggested activities can really take students places!
Putting Characters First in a Middle School Classroom
Technology-rich activities help this middle school teacher’s students develop the kinds of personal connections with Percy Jackson, White Fang, and others that she had withNancy Drew and Scarlett O’Hara.
Most Likely to Succeed: Seeking Self-Knowledge in the Company of Characters
Kate Ehrenfeld Gardoqui
Following this author’s innovative suggestions for studying characters may earn you Most Interesting Literature Teacher.
Poem: How Many Times Can You Teach Macbeth
Poem: Teaching the Iliad to Tenth Graders
Mentoring Matters: Positioning Student Teachers as Powerful Partners: Dancing without Bruised Toes
Melinda J. McBee Orzulak
"Mentoring Matters" focuses on effective ways to support new English teachers and student teachers.
Research for the Classroom: The Blue Glow from the Back Row: Live Theater and the Wireless Teen
John M. Richardson
"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.
Teaching Young Adult Literature: Why Should We Have All the Fun? Encouraging Colleagues to Read YA Novels across the Curriculum [FREE ACCESS]
"Teaching Young Adult Literature" describes innovative methods for engaging students in reading, writing, and discussing contemporary and classic literary texts written for adolescents.
Success with ELLs: Developing Collaborative Systems for Learning
"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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