English Journal Vol 102, No. 1 September 2012

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
Beth Aviv

CHARACTERS AND CHARACTER
27    EJ in Focus
Superman Is Dead: How  We Help Students Make  Sense of Literary Characters
Barry Gilmore
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
Chris Gilbert
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
Betina Hsieh
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
Maryann Felps
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
Andrea Irvin
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
Amanda Sass-Henke
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.

POETRY
10   How Many Times Can You Teach Macbeth
N.C. Krim
47   Teaching the Iliad to Tenth Graders
Marilyn  Pryle

COLUMNS
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
Mike Roberts

96   Success with ELLs
Developing Collaborative Systems for Learning
Sarah Cacicio

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