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Research in the Teaching of English, Vol. 38, No. 2, November 2003

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  • EDITORS' INTRODUCTION: Pushes and Pulls

    Anne DiPardo and Melanie Sperling

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

  • Learning to Teach the Five-Paragraph Theme

    Tara Star Johnson, Peter Smagorinsky, Leigh Thompson, and Pamela G. Fry

    Abstract: The five-paragraph theme, while widely used by writing instructors, has often been criticized for its tendency to focus on a rigid formula rather than a writer’s ideas. This study investigates the decision of an early-career teacher, Leigh, to teach her eighth-grade students the five-paragraph model in the context of a state-mandated writing assessment that rewarded such writing.

    Keywords: College

  • Testing and Student Engagement with Literature in Urban Classrooms: A Multi-layered Perspective

    Dorothea Anagnostopoulos

    Abstract: Though high-stakes testing currently dominates educational policy, few studies examine the consequences of such testing for the teaching and learning of literature in secondary English classrooms. This study takes a multi-layered approach to specify how a high-stakes exam positioned students as readers of literary texts.

    Keywords: College

  • Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English

    Richard Beach, et al.

    Abstract: The committee reviews important research works in the teaching of English that have been published in the last year. Committee members include Richard Beach, Peggy DeLapp, Deborah Dillon, Lee Galda, Timothy Lensmire, Lauren Liang, David O’Brien, and Constance Walker.

    Keywords: College

  • AT LAST: Youth Culture and Digital Media: New Literacies for New Times

    Glenda A. Hull

    Abstract: On a recent Saturday afternoon, people began filing into a community movie theater in Oakland, California known for its alternative films and sofa seating. They had gathered to watch the digital stories created by young people from the community—three-to-five minute multi-media compositions consisting of a narrative recorded in the author’s voice accompanied by photographs, video, and music. The event began with a story by Randy, “Lyfe-n-Rhyme.” “Mama’s only son is mama’s only gun with a guillotine tongue,” rang one rhythmic powerful line, as images of Randy and his mother morphed into photographs of the county jail, while the music of Miles Davis floated in the background. So proceeded Randy’s social critique and commentary on life and opportunity, or the lack thereof, in his city and country.

    Keywords: College


    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

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