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From the Secondary Section: Living Authors Are All Around Us
Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.
EJ in Focus: Getting Up Close and Personal with Living Authors
Alleen Pace Nilsen and James Blasingame Jr.
Well-known scholars and editors of adolescent literature describe the pleasures and pitfalls of working with real authors during school visits.
Teacher to Teacher: How Has Your Own Work as a Writer Helped You as an English Teacher?
Meaghan Hanrahan Dobson; Joanne S. Gillespie; Andy Fogle
“Teacher to Teacher” provides a forum for teachers to share ideas, materials, and activities.
Student Voices: When and How Has a Teacher or an Assignment Made You Feel Most Like a Real Author?
Simone Gannage and Krista Mauro
Students share their experiences and recommendations in short response to this theme.
Ways to Join the Living Conversation about Young Adult Literature
Using Web resources and advice from YA authors, Buehler suggests myriad ways to get students engaged in book talks.
Local Authors in the Classroom: Bringing Readers and Writers Together
Karen E. Moynihan
Have you wanted to invite authors to visit your classroom, but don’t know how? Moynihan is here to help.
Reading and Becoming Living Authors: Urban Girls Pursuing a Poetry of Self-Definition
Wissman uses the poems of living women authors to help her students develop their own poems.
Devising Ensemble Plays: At-Risk Students Become Living, Performing Authors
Laura Beth Feffer
Helping alternative high school students write and produce their own plays allows them to experience the joys of authorship.
Fact and Fiction: Modeling the Research Practices of Fiction Writers
Some of the best fiction writing requires careful research. Hammond uses fiction to rethink traditional approaches to teaching research.
The Students Are the Living Authors: Publishing Student Work Using Print on Demand
Zachariah L. Heyer
When students write for publication, student motivation and concentration improve. Heyer shows you the hows and whys of print-on-demand publishing.
Living Authors, Living Stories: Integrating Local Authors into Our Curriculum
Beatrice Mendez Newman
Newman shows why it’s important to bring real authors to the classroom and demonstrates a variety of related student activities.
Connecting to Conscience: Shakespeare and Woody Allen
Susan Arpajian Jolley
Jolley uses two Woody Allen films to breathe new life into the themes of one of Shakespeare’s classics.
Literature from the Modern Middle East: Making a Living Connection
Webb and his students suggest books and approaches for helping students better understand the cultures of the Middle East.
Wikipedia: Friend, Not Foe
Darren Crovitz and W. Scott Smoot
Have you banned Wikipedia from your students’ research papers? Crovitz and Smoot might change your mind.
The Grammar Gallimaufry: Teaching Students to Challenge the Grammar Gods
House encourages students to learn grammar by meeting it head-on.
Poem: Bonesingers’ View
Poem: My Milosz Dream
Susan E. Oringel
Poem: Relaxed Fit
Poem: Marge Piercy Reads Morning Poems
Matthew J. Spireng
Poem: The Reading
Challenging Texts: How Teaching Middlesex Challenged Students’ Paradigms
"Challenging Texts" explores various ways of teaching literary theory to high school and middle school students.
Innovative Writing Instruction: Authentic Beliefs
"Innovative Writing Instruction" publishes new approaches to the teaching of writing in high school and middle school.
Mentoring Matters: A Room of One’s Own: The Accidental Mentoring of a Traveling Teacher
"Mentoring Matters" focuses on effective ways to support new English teachers and student teachers.
Off the Shelves: Analyzing Style and Intertextuality in Twilight
"Off the Shelves" discusses new young adult literature and explores ways of teaching YA texts in middle and high school English classes.
Success with ELLs: Writing in the ESL Classroom: Confessions of a Guilty Teacher
"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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