The Secondary Section enhances the professional lives of secondary English language arts educators and the quality of education of their students by providing multiple forums for significant dialogue on historical, current, and emerging topics of interest to secondary English language arts educators.
Dr. Stephen Heller teaches English in the Communication Arts Division at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. A 24 year professional, Dr. Heller currently teaches Freshman Accelerated English and Junior Advanced Placement English. He is the co-author of
AP English Bound, and the newest member elected to the Secondary Section Steering Committee.
"At the core of much of my teaching is the belief that literacy informs democracy, and that the ability to read carefully and communicate one’s thoughts in a clear, cogent manner is a marker of real progress—both for individual students and communities as a whole. Therefore, we do not read and annotate Cassius’ lines about Julius Caesar becoming a threat to Rome so that we will necessarily remember everything Cassius said.
HIGH SCHOOL MATTERS: News and Events
Other news from the Secondary Section:
Clips from the Web:
Billy Collins shares animations of his poetry at TED
WBEZ's Front and Center Series on Literacy in the Great Lakes
This in-depth series began in late May, and has run through early summer. It examines all facets of low literacy concerns in the Great Lakes region -- GED, to Civic Participation, to Digital Literacy.
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NCTE Presentations and Events
To really teach a text well, and to develop students' habits for tackling texts, teachers have to understand what factors contribute to text complexity. As noted in the Common Core State Standards, this includes quantitative measures, qualitative measures, and an analysis of the match between the text and the tasks students will complete. This LIVE Web seminar is part of a series focused on skills and teaching practices that are essential to successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards. School leaders, coaches, and teachers will learn strategies for gearing up for the demands of the CCSS.
English Journal is NCTE's award-winning journal of ideas for English language arts teachers in junior and senior high schools and middle schools. It presents information on the teaching of writing and reading, literature, and language, and includes information on how teachers are putting the latest technologies to work in their classrooms.
Trying to find non-fiction to fit the Common Core requirement for extended study? Longreads.com features three long-form stories from sources on the web. The search is international, and yields non-fiction work that is longer than the traditional newspaper article, but significantly more manageable than an entire book. These are great length for high school study; however, not all are appropriate for high school students. Occasionally longreads does feature a fiction piece.