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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

 Ike Thompson is the recipient of the Georgia Council of Teachers of English Teacher of Excellence award in 2011. Ike received the award due to his use of literature circles in the classroom and his personal teaching strategies. Mr. Thompson has a B.A. in English from Western Michigan University and an M.A. from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.


"...I have come to realize good teachers are sponges. Recognize your need for growth and grab anything and everything you can from those around you. I tweak nearly everything I take from anybody else to fit my style, but, I must admit, I rarely come up with an innovative lesson all on my own. If you can’t or are unwilling to collaborate and sponge up what you can, there will be little opportunity for growth and betterment of yourself as an English teacher."

See the full interview here.

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.


2012 Norman Mailer Award for High School Teacher Fiction Writing

Congratulations to Kay McSpadden, winner of the 2012 Norman Mailer Award for High School Teacher Fiction Writing


Also, to Violet Turner and Mark Maxwell as finalists. And to Rachael Toliver as semi-finalist.  


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Clips from the Web:

 John Green's "An Open Letter to Students Returning to School"

The author of Looking for Alaska gives a fast paced, humorous video letter to students returning to school. Take a look and share it with your classes. - 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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