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Language Arts, Vol. 78, No. 4, March 2001

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Issue Theme: Cross-Curricular Convergences

  • Charcoal Clouds and Weather Writing: Inviting Science to a Middle School Language Arts Classroom

    Leslie Franks

    Abstract: Middle school educator Leslie Franks was challenged by another teacher researcher's question: What would happen if science and writing were presented as interrelated ways of knowing about the world? Read and borrow from the lessons she developed in this Language Arts article.

    Keywords: Literacy, Pedagogy, Research, Writing, Middle

  • A Literacy Growth Spurt during Inquiry: Tommy's Story

    Esther N. Gray

    Abstract: Building curriculum from young learners' own questions created a context for increased engagement and risk-taking by a struggling, young writer. Esther Gray captures the process of Tommy's literacy learning during six weeks of inquiry study that transformed his attitude toward reading and writing as well as his confidence in his own capabilities.

    Keywords: Literacy, Pedagogy, Writing, Elementary

  • "Kid Mice Hunt for Their Selfs": First and Second Graders Writing Research

    Sylvia Read

    Abstract: Presents four case studies to examine how first and second graders worked together using source texts to write their own informational books. Concludes that all four pairs of students were successful in many ways. Notes how the students saw themselves as experts, and were able to see firsthand how important reading and writing were in their process of becoming experts.

    Keywords: Pedagogy, Research, Writing, Elementary

  • Welcome to Our Web: Integrating Subjects through Entomology

    Tara Tevebaugh

    Abstract: Shares how the study of insects became a focal point for cross-curricular convergence in the author's classroom. Describes the design of a unit of study that focused on entomology but integrated academic areas, especially language arts. Concludes that students must develop a sense of interdependence and an understanding of possible relationships between diverse endeavors and areas of study.

    Keywords: Diversity, Literacy, Pedagogy, Writing, Elementary, Middle

  • Searching the Heavens with Children's Literature: A Design for Teaching Science

    Sandy Kaser

    Abstract: Asks if literature can open up and revitalize the scientific study of astronomy in elementary classrooms. Reviews the author's personal thinking and exploration that led to bringing science and literature together in powerful ways. Discusses how scientific principles can be embedded in a rich foundation of literature and student inquiry.

    Keywords: Literacy, Literature, Pedagogy, Reading, Elementary, Professional Development

  • The Quandaries of Teachers and Teacher Educators in Integrating Literacy and Mathematics

    Mona W. Matthews and Julie D. Rainer

    Abstract: Discusses the complexities of work with elementary teachers who attempted to integrate literacy and mathematics instruction in their classrooms. Presents a study that involves three interwoven components: constructivist principles, collaborative graduate work, and a literacy and mathematics study. Sees both literacy and mathematics as languages and tools through which to learn about the world.

    Keywords: Literacy, Pedagogy, Research, Elementary

  • Current Issues: Silence, Listening, Teaching, and the Space of What Is Not

    Ronna Scott Mosher

    Abstract: Considers what it means to listen in the context of teaching, and what it means to teach in the context of listening. Explores the character of listening as it is lived in teaching by drawing from stories told during conversations among three teachers about particular students.

    Keywords: Pedagogy, Elementary, Middle, Professional Development

  • Current Issues: Social Contexts of Beginning Reading

    Mary Lee Griffin

    Abstract: Examines social contexts of beginning readers through an exploration of three dimensions that have an impact upon beginning readers' reading events: peer relationships and their role in children's reading development, children's oral language and discourse, and constructivism and sociocultural perspectives on learning. Offers implications for teachers in the form of questions educators might ask themselves when developing literacy programs.

    Keywords: Literacy, Pedagogy, Research, Reading, Elementary

  • PROFILE: James Ransome, Visual Storyteller

    Mary M. Kitagawa

    Abstract: Presents an interview with children's book illustrator James Ransome. Notes that what James Ransome contributes is the visual story that only pictures can tell.

    Keywords: Literature, Elementary

  • Talking About Books: The Aesthetic Power of Poetry

    Kathleen Marie Crawford, Jill M. Hartke, Angela Humphrey, Ellen Spycher, Marjorie Steffan, and Jennifer L. Wilson

    Abstract: Discusses poetry books that highlight "the power of language to invite new relationships, to cast familiar experiences in a new light, to fill our minds with the richness of the people around us, and the world around us." Presents several poetry books addressing relationships with written words in a unique format, concepts in language learning, the environment, and with imagination.

    Keywords: Literature, Reading, Elementary

  • Editors' Pages

    Sharon Murphy and Curt Dudley-Marling

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

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