STEADY HANDS ON THE RUDDER
21 “Living Large and Taking Charge!” Students Read and Write Their Way to a High School Writing Center
Jane Greer and Djana Trofimoff
Follow their yearlong journey as students visit college writing centers, interview experts, prepare proposals, and establish their own high school writing center.
28 The Authenticity Spectrum: The Case of a Science Journalism
Angela M. Kohnen
Students should be encouraged to explore authentic writing genres, but if those genres are not designed with a rich enough purpose and audience, the authenticity may be “latent” and not ‘functional:’
35 What Happens When High School Students Write in a College Course?
A Study of Dual Credit
Howard Tinberg and Jean-Paul Nadeau
Are students in dual-credit writing courses missing something they would have gotten in a traditional high school writing course?
43 Developing Academic Skills through Multigenre Autobiography
Sarah Bickens, Franny Bittman, and David J. Connor
Historical research, interviews, deep reflection, and live presentation: this ten-chapter assignment fulfills Common Core State Standards as it engages students.
51 Hip-Hop Literature: The Politics, Poetics, and Power of Hip-Hop in the
Lauren Leigh Kelly
Hip-hop and rap have built an aesthetic and cultural relevancy that deserves its own high school course. Lauren Leigh Kelly teaches one now.
57 Embracing Intercultural Diversification: Teaching Young Adult Literature with Native American Themes
Kenan Metzger, Andrea Box, and James Blasingame
Native American and non-Native American students can develop a richer understanding of US literary and cultural history by studying Native American themes.
63 Pencils Down: Is Mimicking the Behaviors of “Good Readers” Bad for
Interrupting the enjoyment of reading with prediction, annotation, vocabulary study, and other add-ons may distract proficient readers from the very kinds of reading we want them to do.
69 Challenging Perspectives on Young Adult Literature
Sean P. Connors
With its focus on classics, the Common Core State Standards may reduce attention to YA literature. Connors uses a Peanuts comic strip to demonstrate the literariness of seemingly less-sophisticated texts.
74 Making an Impression: VA Authors and Their Influential Teachers
Brooke Eisenbach and Joan F. Kaywell
S. E. Hinton, Walter Dean Myers, Erin Gruwell, Chris Crutcher, and many other popular YA authors describe in their own words what their teachers did for them.
80 Three Poems
Ben F. Nelms
88 The Newest Colossus, or When I Wasn’t Puerto Rican
82 Mentoring Matters
What Will You Tell New Teachers?
Thomas M. McCann
84 Research for the Classroom
Standards, Standardization, and Student Learning
89 Teaching Young Adult Literature
YA Literature Belongs in the Classroom Because …
91 Success with Ells
Working with English Language Learners: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Margo DelliCarpini and Orlando Alonso
94 Speaking My Mind
Poised to Partner: The 21st-Century School Librarian
Amy Jo Southworth