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English Journal, Vol. 97, No. 6, July 2008

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Table of Contents

Issue Theme: Do the Right Thing

  • Call for Manuscripts

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Letters to EJ

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • From the Editor

    Louann Reid

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • From the Secondary Section: Doing What’s Right by Our Students

    Kay Parks Haas

    Abstract: Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Snapshots: Dmitry’s Last Gift

    G. Lynn Nelson

    Abstract: “Snapshots” offers insights about teaching and learning through teacher stories about a particular classroom event.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Speaking My Mind: Ethics and Teaching English Language Arts: An Exploration

    Timothy J. Duggan

    Abstract: “Speaking My Mind” invites readers to speak out about controversial issues relevant to the teaching of English language arts.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Risky Business: Whose “Right Thing” Are We Talking About?

    Virginia R. Monseau

    Abstract: Questioning the dichotomy of right and wrong, Virginia R. Monseau explores the tensions that arise from choices teachers make when trying to “do the right thing.” From warning teachers about difficult students to presenting sensitive materials that challenge student belief systems, Monseau advises educators to pay close attention, showing how their choices can affect student learning positively and negatively.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Walking the Talk: Examining Privilege and Race in a Ninth-Grade Classroom

    Kelly Sassi and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

    Abstract: Kelly Sassi and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas describe their struggles and eventual success with students in constructing a “counternarrative to colormuteness and colorblindness”—the self-imposed student segregation and silencing of voice. Because of discussions during a Native American unit and student participation in a classroom intervention activity, interpersonal dynamics openly shifted for the better.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • A Consideration of the Ethics of Teaching English

    Leila Christenbury

    Abstract: Leila Christenbury, contending that English teachers are expected to live ethically, extends the exploration of ethics into the classroom where virtually all acts of writing, language, and literature involve choices of right and wrong. Christenbury examines the centrality of ethics to the act of teaching, reflecting on examples of teachers breaking and bending school rules for what they believe to be ethical reasons.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Doing the Right Thing with Technology

    Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher

    Abstract: Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher address a high school’s need for an updated technology policy. The school community engaged in open discussion about appropriate and courteous uses of technology, and with the revised policy teachers increased integration of technology into the curriculum.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Teach Students about Plagiarism

    Melissa A. Vosen

    Abstract: Melissa A. Vosen outlines a unit she has designed to help students comprehend the often unclear boundaries and issues surrounding plagiarism. Using Bloom’s taxonomy of the cognitive domain, students complete increasingly complex tasks, learning to construct a works cited page and assess scholarly opinions. They also research the consequences of plagiarism at their school.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Spiritualizing English: Another Dimension of Literacy

    Ben F. Nelms

    Abstract: Ben F. Nelms argues for the necessity of civic literacy and responsibility, of educating students for citizenship. He urges educators to consider the visionary thoughts of James Moffett and others on spiritualizing teaching and learning—in particular, the idea of “[s]erving ourselves through serving our communities and redefining community in a global sense.”

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Placing Asterisks: An Approach to American Studies

    Daniel O. Lawler

    Abstract: High school English teacher Daniel O. Lawler co-teaches an interdisciplinary American Studies class that fosters inquiry and reflection on the complexity of an authentic telling of US history. Students study competing narratives that incorporate cultural experiences outside the dominant narrative.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • A Conversation with Linda Christensen on Social Justice Education

    John Golden

    Abstract: High school teacher John Golden interviews social justice educator Linda Christensen. Golden and Christensen begin by expanding on an understanding of social justice and a teacher’s role in the social justice classroom. They continue by addressing complicated issues of student empowerment, meeting state standards, and choosing appropriate texts and writing prompts for students. Christensen also shares her thoughts on how to set up an environment that supports social justice and encourages student empathy.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Civility: The Right Thing to Teach in Contentious Times

    Alleen Pace Nilsen

    Abstract: Drawing attention to widespread instances of discourteous speech and hate discourse that permeate US and world culture, Alleen Pace Nilsen maintains that our imperative as educators is to teach “students the benefits of being civil to each other.” She proposes some avenues for enriching students’ understanding of the power of civil language.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Teaching beyond Modernism and Postmodernism

    Sheldon S. Kohn

    Abstract: High school teacher Sheldon S. Kohn probes the conflicting dynamics that occur for educators who try to provide students with appropriate tools for thinking and living in a postmodernist, intellectual world, yet who must teach in antiquated school systems that support modernist philosophies and hierarchical practices. Kohn imagines students and secondary English moving away from traditional scholarly approaches toward applied humanities made possible by emerging technologies.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • The Art of Asking Questions: Two Classes That Changed My Teaching Life

    Ken Donelson

    Abstract: Ken Donelson looks back on two classes that taught him that students are willing to share ideas when teachers are honest and reveal their biases and when classroom experiences are based on trust. Additionally, he recalls how important free reading and thematic units became to inciting authentic student responses to literature.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Take the Bullies to Task: Using Process Drama to Make a Stand

    Allison L. Baer and Jacqueline N. Glasgow

    Abstract: To “empower students to think and act more effectively” concerning violence and bullying within schools, Allison L. Baer and Jacqueline N. Glasgow suggest close examination and discussion of literature that foregrounds violence and bystander participation. Baer and Glasgow recommend several useful novels for addressing the various roles of bystanders. Additionally, they use process drama as a safe activity to help students creatively and realistically explore problems and solutions when confronted by violence.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Long-Term English Learners Writing Their Stories

    C. Lynn Jacobs

    Abstract: High school teacher C. Lynn Jacobs noted that the long-term English language learners in her class had improved in reading comprehension but still lacked writing skills. Inspired by a state humanities project, she worked with the students to publish a collection of stories and poems. Writing about their lives provided the motivation, and writing from models of published texts provided the necessary structure for students’ success. She offers step-by-step suggestions for teachers interested in helping English language learners “write better, with more confidence.”

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Teaching Ethnography: Reading the World and Developing Student Agency

    J. Arias

    Abstract: High school teacher J. Arias employs a research method from anthropology to motivate students to research and write. Learning to use the methods and perspectives of ethnography, students become critical viewers and thinkers, able to connect the themes of literary works to their lives and to critique the variety of texts that surround them. Arias describes units on gender roles, a novel, and American rituals and traditions used with students studying British literature as well as those in a sheltered-content American literature course for English language learners.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • You Want Me to Teach Reading? Confessions of a Secondary Literature Teacher

    Pat Monahan

    Abstract: Dissatisfied with leading question-answer discussions and curious about how students best engage with and understand texts, Pat Monahan undertook a teacher-research investigation. He reveals how he became a reading teacher who promotes student independence and control through a variety of rereading strategies.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Research Matters: Authentic Literacy and Student Achievement

    Rick VanDeWeghe, Editor

    Abstract: Research Matters” provides teachers with review and application of research that illuminates the daily concerns and activities of English language arts teachers and classrooms.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • New Voices: Keeping It New

    Tiffany J. Hunt and Bud Hunt, editors

    Abstract: “New Voices” raises questions, offers insights, and provides a forum for novice teachers to engage in the professional conversation surrounding the teaching of English.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Stepping into the Classroom: What Works Is What Works

    Terry Patrick Bigelow and Michael J. Vokoun, Editors

    Abstract: “Stepping into the Classroom” shares innovative lesson ideas grounded in current literature or action research.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Tools for Teaching: Courage in the Classroom

    Colleen A. Ruggieri, Editor

    Abstract: "Tools for Teaching" helps you find the best print and electronic resources for teaching English language arts.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Personal Reading: Personal Reading

    Linda Null and Suellen Alfred, Editors

    Abstract: “Personal Reading” contains reviews of fiction and nonfiction books, with a special interest in multicultural works.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Bold Books for Teenagers: An Abundance of Choices

    Don Gallo, editor

    Abstract: “Bold Books for Teenagers” provides dynamic, informative viewpoints on important issues in publishing and teaching contemporary literature, especially literature for adolescents. Reviews of young adult literature also appear in this column.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Poetry

    James Brewbaker, editor

    Abstract: “Poetry” features poems by teachers and professional poets.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • 2007-2008 Reviewers

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Indexes to Volume 97

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

  • Tribute to Louann Reid

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Secondary

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