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Language Arts, Vol. 75, No. 4, April 1998

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Issue Theme: The Work of the Language Arts Teacher

  • Summers Off: Representations of Teachers' Work and Other Discontents

    Patrick Shannon and Particia Crawford

    Abstract: Explores popular, historical, progressive, and economic representations of teachers' work to consider opportunities and dangers these images offer. Discusses the power to represent teaching, and speculates on the intentions of those who wield that power. Suggests ways teachers might make their work visible to the public in order to represent themselves.

    Keywords: Elementary, School-Community Relation

  • The Work We Do: Journal as Audit Trail

    Jerome C. Harste and Vivian Vasquez

    Abstract: Offers a peek inside the journals kept by a well-known language-arts educator, which he uses as a repository for his thoughts, drawings, articles of interest, notes from conversations with others on his own work, the work of others, and education in general. Shows how the journal is an "audit trail" of its owner's learning.

    Keywords: Pedagogy, Research, Writing, Elementary

  • Literacy in Other Spaces

    Mark Dressman

    Abstract: Explains why implementing integrated curricula is probably a lost cause in the long term. Argues that there are hidden possibilities in a fragmented school curriculum that, ironically, may provide teachers with more opportunities to respond to both their own and students' needs. Presents evidence from a comparative study of three school libraries.

    Keywords: Assessment, Pedagogy, Elementary

  • Outrageous Viewpoints: Teachers' Criteria for Rejecting Works of Children’s Literature

    Julie E. Wollman-Bonilla

    Abstract: Examines why some pre- and inservice teachers concluded that certain children's books were inappropriate for children because the books might frighten or corrupt children; fail to represent dominant social values or myths; or identify racism or sexism as a social problem. Describes how these criteria are consciously applied.

    Keywords: Reading, Elementary

  • The Precarious Place of Self? Selected Reading

    Jo Worthy, Margo Turner and Megan Mooreman

    Abstract: Finds that the 35 middle-school language-arts teachers studied agreed that Self Selected Reading (SSR) is an important way to improve students' reading attitudes and achievement, but that their schools rarely provided funds for buying student-preferred materials, and that finding time for SSR was difficult because of the pressure to prepare for tests and cover skills.

    Keywords: Assessment, Pedagogy, Research, Reading, Elementary, Middle

  • Getting Over Method: Literacy Teaching as Work in "New Times"

    Allan Luke

    Abstract: Shifts the terms of the "great debate" from technical questions about teaching method to questions about how various kinds of literacies work within communities--matters of government cutbacks and institutional downsizing, shrinking resource and taxation bases, and of students, communities, teachers, and schools trying to cope with rapid and unprecedented economic, social, and technological change.

    Keywords: Pedagogy, Elementary, School-Community Relation

  • Books for Summer Reading

    Cathy Beck, Susie Bargiel, Dick Koblitz, Anne O'Connor, Kathryn Mitchell Pierce, Susan Wolf

    Abstract: Describes what some fifth-grade students read in the summer and why. Discusses 39 children's books in the following categories: summer experiences, trips and journeys, family experiences, and the lives of children in troubled times. Offers an excerpt from a discussion of middle school readers in response to reading the books on children in troubled times.

    Keywords: Literature, Reading, Elementary, Middle

  • Editors’ Pages

    Curt Dudley-Marling and Sharon Murphy

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • The English Teacher's Shelf

    Nanette L. Avery

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Roundtable on Books

    Catherine Dorsey-Gaines, Deborah Allen, Polly Ashelman, Elizabeth Bauer, Vernell Conyers, Kimberley Henry, Dani Holder, Norma Jackson, et al.

    Abstract: Discusses two series of professional books (dealing with an integrated approach to literacy instruction and using poetry to help children feel the music of language) as well as three poetry collections that will be of interest to both teachers and teacher educators.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Index for Volume 75

    Abstract: Available in print version only.

    Keywords: Elementary

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