7 Call for Manuscripts
11 From the Editors
Julie Gorlewski and David Gorlewski
12 High School Matters
Teaching Writing, Rather Than Writings
15 Second City Teacher Training: Applying Improvisational Theater
Techniques to the Classroom
While the commonly explored teacher-as-performer metaphor emphasizes the role of the teache’r; the teacher-as-improvisational-performer foregrounds the collaborative nature of learning and validates the role of students.
21 Teaching Writing with Radio
Sarah Levine and Johanna (Jones) Franzel
Teachers with no radio experience can help their students draw on “real world” radio standards to write strong, specific, and effective pieces, and then use everyday technology to share students’ stories with the world.
30 The Emerging Shape of Voice
Sherry Seale Swain, Richard L. Graves, and David T. Morse
This article details research exploring which rhetorical elements are associated with statewide assessment scores and considers the role and occurrence of voice in student writing to inform teaching practice.
37 A Queer Literacy Framework Promoting (A)Gender and (A)Sexuality
Self-Determination and Justice
While LGBT*JAGCQM students feel safer at school than ever before, the author advocates for a queer literacy framework to facilitate a new reading and legitimacy of (a)gender and (a)sexuality in the self and others.
45 The Multidimensionality of Children’s Picture Books for Upper Grades
Susan R. Massey
Picture books are often seen as a valuable tool for younger readers. In this article, the author suggests that the multiple literacies required to read a picture book can provide scaffolding and transmission of additional concepts for older readers.
59 Making Meaning, Visibly: “Writing” and “Reading” Image Essays
Kathleen A. Reilly and Jennifer Goen
The authors challenged a group of mixed-ability tenth-grade students to use complex, evocative images and class discussion to ”see” how readers make meaning with literary texts.
66 Close to Home: Creating Meaningful Contexts for Student Writing through Community-Based Problems
David Alan Smith
How does context affect student writing? The author suggests that problem-based learning can provide a meaningful context for students to develop, understand, and rehearse writing skills.
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73 Becoming Facebook Friendly: Social Media and the Culturally Relevant Classroom Joanne E. Marciano
The author engages in a research study with a small group of twelfth-grade students to explore how students’ digitalliteracies, specifically Facebook, can help students meet the Common Core State Standards of college and career readiness.
79 Art as Meaning-Making in a Secondary School English Classroom: A “Secret Compartment” Book Project on Toni Morrison’s Beloved Elaine Wang
The secret compartment booklet offers a particularly challenging and valuable opportunity for students in secondary English classes to explore text through creating art and to engage students as active meaning makers.
65 Old Words When There Are No Others
- M. Chase
91 Romeo and Juliet-Again
114 On Being Asked by a Student
88 Speaking Truth to Power
Do We Need to Buy the Book? Teaching Uncle Tom’s Cabin
in the Digital Age
92 Book Reviews
Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing
96 Carpe Librum: Seize the (YA) Book
“The More Things Change … “: A New Generation of Historical Fiction
Pauline Skowron Schmidt
98 Soft(a)ware in the English Classroom
Spreadsheets and Sinners: How and Why English Teachers Can Claim Their Rightful Place in STEM Education
Tom Liam Lynch
102 Continuous Becoming: Moving toward Mastery – The Breath of Life: The Power of Narrative Anthony K. Sedun and Matthew G. Skillen
107 Lingua Anglia: Bridging Language and Learners – One of These Things Is Not Like the Others: Assimilation, Acculturation, Education
Pamela J. Hickey
110 Under Discussion: Teaching Speaking and Listening
Defining “Participation”: A Rubric for Assessing Discussion Skills
Lisa M. Barker