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HIGH SCHOOL MATTERS: The Secondary Section - Previous Revision

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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.


HIGH SCHOOL MATTERS: Teacher Spotlight

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.

See the full interview here.

Dr. Heller's classroom work.

Annual Convention Highlights

Find out more about the Secondary Level featured speakers and events during the NCTE Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Hotel and Convention Center.

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Clips from the Web: - tools for online reading

This is online program is designed to assess your reading speed and comprehension level. It contains quizzes that will assist the user in determining his or her reading speed. In addition it works as a bookmark applet, meaning it will install a link in your browser's book mark bar. If you click on that link when viewing a web page, words that are being read are highlighted, while words that have already been read fade. There are a few glitches here, but it is a free web application.

Featured in USA Today's "6 Tech Tools to Bring Out the A Student in You."


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.


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               Back to School 2012. Get ready for the 2012-2013 school year, by
              visiting our resources, lesson plans, and activities to support you now
              and throught the school year.

Trying to find non-fiction to fit the Common Core requirement for extended study? 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.

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