7 Call for Manuscripts
11 From the Editor
13 High School Matters
TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE AGE OF INCARCERATION
16 EJ in Focus
Teaching English in the Age of Incarceration
Marc Lamont Hill, Guest Editor
Incarceration rates are increasing at alarming rates, and schools are profoundly affected by the logic and imperatives of mass incarceration. English teachers must take action.
19 A World without Prisons: Teaching Confinement Literature and the Promise of Prison Abolition
Marc Lamont Hill
Exposing students to canonical and contemporary slave, political, personal, and
non-carceral confinement literatures provides space for discussing important issues of social justice.
24 Teaching in the Dark: The Promise and Pedagogy of Creative Writing in Prison
Creative writing can unlock creative potential, foster students’ love of language, and offer a powerful outlet for self-expression.
31 Songs of the Caged Birds: Literacy and Learning with Incarcerated Youth
Peter Williamson, Megan Mercurio, and Constance Walker
Teachers plan and reflect on practices that can make a difference in the lives and literacy of incarcerated youth.
38 Building a Collective Understanding of Prisons
Pairing Night by Elie Wiesel with Finding Freedom by Jarvis Jay Masters, a death-row inmate, encourages a critical examination of the purposes and effects of imprisonment.
45 Using To Kill a Mockingbird as a Conduit for Teaching about the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Steffany Comfort Maher
Using a response-based cultural studies approach, the author engages students in contemporary issues of incarceration: single-parent homes, lynching and racial discrimination, the criminal justice system, and poverty.
53 Incarceration, Identity Formation, and Race in Young Adult Literature: The Case of Monster versus Hole in My Life
Tim Engles and Fern Kory
Contrastive readings ofYA novels can help students understand the role of race in culture and contribute to students’ process of identity formation.
59 Politely Disregarded: Street Fiction, Mass Incarceration, and Critical Praxis
Karin Van Orman and Jamila Lyiscott
Street fiction is risky to teach, but it offers opportunities for meaningful, critical thinking about important voices that resonate with many students and populations that have been historically marginalized.
67 “I’m a reader”: Transforming Incarcerated Girls’ Lives
Kristine E. Pytash
Unproductive tensions are evident between a young incarcerated woman’s in-class practices and her literary life outside the classroom.
74 An Online Writing Partnership: Transforming Classroom Writing Instruction
JaneS. Townsend, Allan Nail,Jennifer Cheveallier, and Angela Browning
Witness the evolution of a successful, innovative program in which preservice English teachers serve as writing consultants for eleventh-grade English students.
82 International Quidditch: Using Cultural Translation Exercises to Teach Word Choice and Audience
Focusing students on British-to-American cultural translation problems in the Harry Potter series encourages students to understand connotation, denotation, and other important characteristics of English language.
89 Changing the Lens: The Necessity of Visual Literacy in the ELA Classroom
An analysis of Ebony and GQ magazine covers exposes race and class narratives and encourages students to become more aware of the ways in which other images connote cultural information.
15 Saturday Visitation
95 Three Poems
98 Adventures with Text and Beyond
Education for Empowerment The Link between Multiple Literacies and Critical Consciousness
103 Mentoring Matters: Mentoring in Community
Rachel Malchow Lloyd
107 Professional Writing in the English Classroom
Professional Collaborative Writing: Teaching, Writing, and Learning-Together
Jonathan Bush and Leah Zuidema
111 Research for the Classroom
To Read or Not to Read: Five Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare