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Language Arts, Vol. 79, No. 4, March 2002

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Issue Theme: Sense of Self

  • Stances and Dances: The Negotiation of Subjectivities in a Reading/Language Arts Classroom

    Mary A. Broughton and Colleen M. Fairbanks

    Abstract: Describes how in the examination of a sixth-grade girl's participation in the language arts classroom that is driven by high-stakes testing and by a regimented classroom culture, the authors came to view students' approaches to literacy events as "stances" and their negotiation of their subjectivities in response to literacy events as "dances."

    Keywords: Elementary, Assessment, Diversity, Pedagogy, Research

  • Becoming a Reader and Writer in a Bilingual Special Education Classroom

    Nadeen T. Ruiz, Eleanor Vargas, and Angélica Beltrán

    Abstract: In too many schools Diego would have been placed in a restrictive special education setting, but as part of the Ole Project, the resource-room support he received was based on a carefully organized framework of linguistic and cultural factors that resulted in 3.4 years of reading growth during 1.5 years of study as a 4th/5th grader.

    Keywords: Elementary, Administration, Diversity, Language, Literacy, Pedagogy, Research, Writing, Reading

  • PhOLKS Lore: Learning from Photographs, Families, and Children

    JoBeth Allen, Vinette Fabregas, Karen Hale Hankins, Gregory Hull, Linda Labbo, Hattie Spruill Lawson, Barbara Michalove, Steve Piazza, Cydy Piha, etc.

    Abstract: Considers how children can develop personal, social, and cultural connections through photography and narratives in order to envision other possibilities for their lives. Concludes that they found a "web of complex and engaging social relationships" that provided a solid foundation for learning with children and families. Describes the PhOLKS (Photograph of Local Knowledge Sources) project.

    Keywords: Elementary, Literacy, Media Studies / Journalism, Pedagogy, Research

  • The Spirit of a People: Hmong American Life Stories

    Mary Louise Buley-Meissner

    Abstract: Notes that researching life stories can shape students' sense of direction and purpose both within and beyond the classroom. Considers how the value of researching life stories increases as students move beyond the personal to the cross-generational significance of what they are investigating. Lists 32 picture books and information books on Hmong and Hmong Americans.

    Keywords: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College, Diversity, Pedagogy

  • Laughing Together in Carnival: A Tale of Two Writers

    James F. Swaim

    Abstract: Describes a "dialogic" (Bakhtin, 1981) writing workshop that is responsive to the social priorities of children and that reconsiders dilemmas within an alternative framework. Notes that the experiences and tests of two writers in third grade highlight the way identity and sense of self can be developed and explored in a writing community that emphasizes collaboration and fiction writing.

    Keywords: Elementary, Assessment, Pedagogy, Writing

  • READING CORNER FOR CHILDREN: 2001 Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts

    Notable Children's Books Committee

    Abstract: Compiled by the Committee for Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, this annotated list of 30 exemplary titles—diverse in genre, content, and style—are notable for their potential to enhance language awareness for K-8 children.

    Keywords: Literature, Reading

  • PROFILE: Teaching Writing on the Shoulders of Giants

    Julie M. Jensen

    Abstract: The findings of the NAEP 1998 Writing Report Card are clear: students experienced with writing more than one draft of a paper, and students whose writing was saved in folders or portfolios, achieved higher average scores than their peers who did not write multiple drafts or save their writing. Who are the key educators who contributed to a century-long professional history in the development of writing theory and pedagogy? Read about some of them in "Teaching Writing on the Shoulders of Giants," by Julie Jenson.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Thoughts from the Editors

    Jean Schroeder, Kathy Short, Gloria Kauffman, Sandy Kaser

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Who Am I? How Children See Themselves

    Curtis, Andrew, Jannell, and Sharronda

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • “Once Upon a Time. The End!”

    Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld

    Abstract: Invites readers to join in a celebration of the stories that are a continuous part of the author's life. Tells about her experiences with sharing stories in many different settings and situations.  Includes an 8-item annotated list of books on cross-generational story telling. Full text available in print version only.

    Keywords: Elementary


    Steve Zemelman, Patricia Bearden, and Yolanda Simmons

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • READING CORNER FOR EDUCATORS: Exploring a Sense of Self

    Sonia Nieto with Takiema Bunche Smith and John Raible

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

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