English Journal Vol. 104 No. 2 November 2014

7      Call for Manuscripts

11     From the Editors by Julie Gorlewski and David Gorlewski

13     High School Matters – Curiouser and Curiouser: A Brief Reflection on Standards by Jocelyn A. Chadwick


17     El in Focus – The Common Core Memorandum of Understanding: What a Story by Mercedes K. Schneider

22     The End of Innovation by Stephen Heller

Exploring questions about the ability for an assessment-driven approach toward education to foster creative, vibrant classrooms.

27     A Call for Subterfuge: Shielding the ELA Classroom from the Restrictive Sway of the Common Core by Chris Gilbert

This author discusses how ELA instructors must practice subterfuge and resist standardization by using Personal Standards.

34     Opportunity Costs of the Common Core in High School ELA by Eamon Cunningham

Strategies for adjusting in-class curriculum to align with the cess, and how to increase fluency with the demands of standardized tests.

41     Rewriting the Common Core State Standards for Tomorrow’s Literacies by Jessica Van Cleave and Sarah Bridges-Rhoads

Authors highlight the push for reading the cess as a living document like any other, open to interpretation and creative implementation.

48     Teacher Perspectives and Classroom Changes during the Standards Movement by Marci Glaus

Restoring a voice to those teachers who do the important work of educating students in classrooms, highlighting the changes taking place during standardization.

54     From English Language Arts Teacher to Literacy Expert: Reimagining Our Role by Amy Lannin, Angela Kohnen, Katie Kline, Nancy Singer, Valerie Stokes, and Amy Knowles

Chronicling work that is focused on content-area writing, as stressed in the CESS, and partnered language arts teachers with career/technical educators.

61     Metaphors, Frames, and Fact (Checks) about the Common Core by Anne Whitney and Patrick Shannon

The interrogation of some metaphors that CESS proponents have used as arguments to characterize cess, and then checks the facts that others have amassed around the issue.

72     Revisiting Dewey in the Age of Common Core: Confessions of an Unwilling Deconstructivist by Anne Peel

Author argues that NCLB has pressured writing teachers to underserve developing writers by replacing inquiry with an emphasis on product.

80     How Have We Been Standardized? Let Me Count the Ways by Susan Arpajian Jolley

Article examines, both personally and historically, the deleterious effects of the decades-old movement toward standardization of both students and teachers.

86     Teaching Equity through Gatsby in the Age of CCSS by Allisyn Mills and Seungho Moon

Authors provide options for teachers who share the need to design curriculum to incorporate more perspectives in the classroom.

93     Coming Full Circle: A Young Teacher’s Journey with the Standards Movement by Monique Cherry-McDaniel

A teacher’s journey from having an unhealthy relationship with the standards to redefining herself as a professional and using the standards to support sound instruction.

99     Enacting Problem-Posing Education through Project-Based Learning by Nadia Behizadeh

Promoting project-based learning in English education as a way to combat the loss of cultural relevancy under the pressures of standardization.

105     The 2013 Honor List: Fiction Filled with Real Information by Don L. F. Nilsen, James Blasingame Jr., and Aileen Pace Nilsen

Can deep reading into fictional worlds provide insight into our real-life experiences? Texts selected for the 2013 Honor List indicate that the answer is resoundingly affirmative.


16     My Kind of Slo(w) by Patricia O’Connor

26     A Problem, Solution Pape by Greg Overman

40     The archaeology of white people by P. L. Thomas

71     The kindness school (beyond the archaeology of white people, pt. 2) by P. L. Thomas

92     Write It! (Like Disaster) by Lynn Doyle


113     Speaking Truth to Power – “Not the Time … to Follow the Line of Least Resistance” by P. L. Thomas

115     Soft(a)ware in the English Classroom – Education Reform and Potemkin Villages: Expanding Conceptions of “Data” by Noah Asher Golden

118     Disabling Assumptions – Differentiating Writing, Reading, and How We Respond to Writing by Patricia A. Dunn

121     Lingua Anglia: Bridging Language and Learners – Vir Bonus Dicendi Peritus: The Art of Oral Argumentation by Tim W. Watson and Pamela J. Hickey

124     Carpe Librum: Seize the (VA) Book – LGBTQ Stories We Need to Hear Now by Laura Renzi