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English Journal, Vol. 89, No. 6, July 2000

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  • A Grand Tradition of Struggle

    Cornel West

    Abstract: Offers an "inspirational speech" delivered by Harvard professor Cornel West at the 1994 National Council of Teachers of English convention. Discusses ways in which English teachers can help to keep alive the tradition of struggle for decency, dignity, freedom, and democracy. Shares his belief in the significant role English teachers play in reinvigorating the democratic tradition in the United States.

    Keywords: Secondary, Pedagogy

  • "Why Are You So Worried About It?" Struggles and Solutions toward Helping Students Improve as Writers

    Shawni McBride

    Abstract: Describes how a high school English teacher set up a project to help students who made frequent conventional errors become more aware of them, choose goals based on their own writing weaknesses, collect data, work toward improvement, and assess their success. Argues that, while not all students are reached, the climate of the classroom is energized through this process.

    Keywords: Secondary, Pedagogy, Writing

  • Selecting Topics for Research Writing Projects

    Barbara J. McKenna and John J. McKenna

    Abstract: Notes research findings showing that student-selected topics do not result in better student writing. Discusses the importance of knowledge for writers, the three sources of knowledge, and avoiding unworkable topics. Argues that the teacher's active involvement in the process of topic selection and development ensures good research writing. Discusses some useful ideas and frameworks for topics.

    Keywords: Secondary, Pedagogy, Research, Writing

  • Poetry Meets Plumbing: Teaching English in a Vocational Classroom

    Jacqueline Darvin

    Abstract: Describes the author's experiences teaching a contextualized (content-driven) English curriculum in a vocational school, surmising that if students write about things that truly interest them (their trade areas), then writing instruction will be contextual and therefore meaningful and effective. Discusses difficulties and rewards, the variety of attitudes taken by vocational teachers, and some successful team-teaching that has resulted.

    Keywords: Secondary, Pedagogy, Writing

  • The Sauntering Eye

    Jeffrey Schwartz

    Abstract: Describes a two-day interdisciplinary field trip for a group of 63 ninth graders that was followed up in the classroom with related units in history, art, biology, English, and drama. Describes how the students were challenged to use nature to discover who they were, observing closely and then letting go in order to think and connect.

    Keywords: Secondary, Pedagogy

  • Much Ado about Negotiation

    Joseph M. Shosh

    Abstract: Describes how a new English teacher invited students to negotiate with him their course of study. Discusses setting the stage for negotiated learning, establishing ownership and building ensemble, clarifying expectations and rehearsing together, planning ahead and assessing the performance, helping students take on additional roles, and allowing students to give direction. Notes students' reflections on this successful experience.

    Keywords: Secondary, Pedagogy

  • Exploring Linguistic Diversity through World Englishes

    Ryuko Kubota and Lori Ward

    Abstract: Presents the rationale and basic concepts for teaching about World Englishes. Describes a sample instructional unit based on the pilot project the authors conducted in a public high school in North Carolina, in which they provided instruction in linguistic diversity once a week for seven weeks. Includes activities and resources for these seven one-hour sessions.

    Keywords: Secondary, Language

  • What I Wish I'd Known about Teaching Spelling

    Kelly Chandler

    Abstract: Describes what the author (a former high school English teacher) learned about teaching spelling to secondary students through a collaborative research project with a group of elementary school teachers. Analyzes four kinds of classroom-based data from that instruction, resulting in eight recommended teaching practices. Argues that well-targeted instruction can help high school students become accurate and independent spellers.

    Keywords: Secondary, Pedagogy, Research

  • Nurturing Reflective Judgment through Literature-Based Inquiry

    Audrey A. Friedman

    Abstract: Argues that literature provides a vehicle for inquiry-based teaching that can encourage reflective thinking and help students to learn to make informed decisions by carefully thinking through ill-structured, realistic dilemmas that have no right or wrong answer. Describes strategies that promote carefully structured investigation of such dilemmas, and offers a dilemma worksheet based on Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men."

    Keywords: Secondary, Literature, Pedagogy

  • Working with a Writer's Notebook

    Pamela Fracareta and Deborah J. Phillips

    Abstract: Offers a close look at how three eighth-grade students used their writer's notebooks, examining what they thought of their writer's notebooks, what purposes they used them for, and how their responses changed over the course of the school year. Notes that the authors learned that their involvement in the writer's notebook was vital. Includes students' reflections on their notebooks.

  • From the Secondary Section: Professional Involvement

    Abstract: Reflects on the author's 30 years as an English teacher. Ponders how and when the job turned into a professional career, and what it means to be a professional. Notes mentors along the way who promoted the enrichment of his teaching career. Encourages new teachers to take the step into professional opportunities and to stretch into new arenas of engagement.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Cross Conversations

    Abstract: Presents two educators' views on elective courses. Argues that single-subject high school English courses teach the same skills that are taught in traditional English courses, offer students the opportunity to choose, can meet students' particular interest or needs, and should fulfill an English requirement. Offers a perspective on the history of the secondary English elective curriculum.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Insights for Interns

    Abstract: Offers perspectives from a first-year English teacher and from a veteran English teacher on how to deal with the extraordinary amount of paper and paperwork heaped upon teachers and on the importance of the topic of curriculum and curriculum strategies. Argues that teacher preparation programs need to implement courses to train teachers to work with curriculum and provide organizational strategies.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Teacher to Teacher

    Abstract: Offers eight short essays written by English teachers recommending nonfiction books that they use successfully in their high-school classrooms to grab students' interest, to provoke lively discussions, and to offer refreshing models for student writing.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • International English

    Abstract: Examines issues and topics of interest to teachers of English around the world. Discusses what English teachers' associations can do to help each other in the new millennium. Argues that the Web can assist them in thinking through fundamental issues of curriculum, evaluation, and teacher development, and that greater influence in negotiations with state and federal governments might result.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Middle Talk

    Abstract: Offers observations and comments on what makes a good mentor at the middle school level from several experienced and novice English language arts teachers.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • From the Editor

    Virginia R. Monseau

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • EJ EXTRA: Artistophanes Can Wait

    Dionne O’Dell

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Speaking My Mind: Seeking Myself

    Steven Robins

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • FOR FUN: Stand-Ins

    Stephen Sniderman

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary


    Bobbi Ciriza Houtchens, Editor

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Poetry

    William Greenway, Editor

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Professional Links: The Guides on Our Side

    Louann Reid, editor

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Talk About Books

    John Manear, editor

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Young Adult Literature: Using YA Books to Teach Students To Love What We Do

    Chris Crowe, Editor

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Indexes to Volume 89

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

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Posted By: Anonymous User on 1/22/2010 2:38:42 PM

Does anyone know what page the Chandler article begins on in the actual journal?

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