7 Call for Manuscripts
11 From the Editor Ken Lindblom
13 High School Matters: What Happens in Vegas … Ends Up in Your Classroom
Kay Parks Haas
16 High School Matters: Literacy Is More Than Books and Pens
Anna J. Small Roseboro
18 EJ Extra
2011 Honor List: From Small-Town America to New Treatments of Old Myths and Family Stories
Aileen Pace Nilsen, James Blasingame Jr., and Don l. F. Nilsen
98 Speaking My Mind: Breaking Down Literature Boxes While Traveling with the Little Prince
Sharilyn C. Steadman
100 Speaking My Mind
A Billable Services List: Paying Teachers More Like Doctors
CHARACTERS AND CHARACTER
27 EJ in Focus
Superman Is Dead: How We Help Students Make Sense of Literary Characters
A student’s fascination with the Man of Steel inspires this teacher and well-known author to ask three deep questions about how we can and should engage with characters in English class.
34 Making Characters Come Alive: Using Characters for Identification and Engagement
Jocelyn A. Chadwick
Alienation and derived identity form the basis for several activities that can encourage adolescents to connect with works by Amy Tan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, and Sandra Cisneros.
40 The Quest of Father and Son: Illuminating Character Identity, Motivation, and Conflict in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
A post-apocalyptic novel provides the impetus for discussions of literature, love, and what people really need.
48 Challenging Characters: Learning to Reach Inward and Outward from Characters Who Face Oppression
Characters who face difficult circumstances-such as Anne Frank and characters from ‘Am I Blue?” and A Child Called “It”-inspire deep connections and increased reading skills.
52 How to Live? What We Can leam from Ivan llych’s Death
Can the death of a 19th-century Russian bureaucrat breathe life into 21st-century American students?
57 Minds and Hearts: Using Jeannette Walls’s Memoir, The Glass Castle,
to Teach Emotional Intelligence
A memoir of a dysfunctional childhood inspires students in a high-poverty district to develop strength, empathy, and hope.
61 Odysseus Deconstructed: Crossing the Threshold into Critical Thinking
Emily Nicole Howell
Is Odysseus really a hero to today’s students? join this high school English teacher’s quest to.find out.
67 Teaching Classic literature with Comk Books and Virtual lit Trips
Nancy B. Sardone
Sardone’s suggested activities can really take students places!
71 Putting Characters First in a Middle School Classroom
Technology-rich activities help this middle school teacher’s students develop the kinds of personal connections with Percy Jackson, White Fang, and others that she had with Nancy Drew and Scarlett O’Hara.
76 Most likely to Succeed: Seeking Self-Knowledge in the Company of Characters
Kate Ehrenfeld Gardoqui
Following this author’s innovative suggestions for studying characters may earn you Most Interesting Literature Teacher.
10 How Many Times Can You Teach Macbeth
47 Teaching the Iliad to Tenth Graders
84 Mentoring Matters
Positioning Student Teachers as Powerful Partners: Dancing without Bruised Toes
Melinda J. McBee Orzulak
88 Research for the Classroom
The Blue Glow from the Back Row: Live Theater and the Wireless Teen
John M. Richardson
92 Teaching Young Adult literature
Why Should We Have All the Fun? Encouraging Colleagues to Read YA
Novels across the Curriculum
96 Success with ELLs
Developing Collaborative Systems for Learning