The 2012 Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Writing Award
The Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Writing Awards are given to authors of the best articles published in English Journal during the previous volume year. Eligible entrants must be high school teachers and may include those on leave or not currently teaching.
Winners of 2012 awards are:
Shannon Falkner for "Signs of Life' in the High School Classroom: Analyzing Popular Culture to Provide Student Choice in Analytical Writing", November 2011, Vol. 101.2.
A high school teacher defines semiotics and explains how asking students to analyze cultural objects and practices from ordinary life and popular culture can engage their interests, release their creativity, and improve their critical skills.
Fahima Ife, for "Powerful Writing: Promoting a Political Writing Community of Students", March 2012, Vol. 101.4
Middle school students engaged in discussions of political power and contributed to a class anthology that published their ideas for the larger school community.
Honorable Mentions to:
Brent McKeown for "Decoding Teacher and Student Identity with Jay-Z", November 2011, Vol. 101.2
"Challenging Texts" explores various ways of teaching literary theory to high school and middle school students.
Jennifer Ansbach for "Long-Term Effects of Bullying: Promoting Empathy with Nonfiction", July 2012, Vol. 101.6
After reading nonfiction about bullying, students create poems, posters, and letters to develop both cognitive and affective empathy.
Awards were presented at the NCTE Annual Convention in November during the Secondary Section Luncheon.