Christian Educator’s Journal Vol. 55 No. 4 April 2016

2 EDITORIAL: reading good books and learning about the world
by Gary VtmArragon

4 The Top Six Lists of the Best Books
Bill Boerman-Cornell

10 Beyond Control reviewed by Christina Belcher

12 The Reason You Walk
reviewed by Jonathan Boone

15 Bible-Shaped Teaching
reviewed by Christina Belcher

17 Beyond Measure
reviewed by Dan Beerens

22 A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible
reviewed by Gary VtmArragon

24 The Good and Beautiful Community
reviewed by Mark Brink

26 The Temple Curtain
reviewed by Joan Stob

27 LGBTQ and You: It’s Time to Read Different Books
by Jeanette Romkema

29 COLUMN: The Long and Short of CliffsNotes
by Gary L. Riggins

Hollyhocks, Books, and Comebacks
by Jane Reitsma-Hoogendam

33 SLOUCHING TOWARD BEDLAM: I Can’t Define Art, But I Know It When I See It
by Jan Kaarsvlam


Christian Educator’s Journal Vol. 55 No. 1 October 2015

2 Living in Faith and Hope
Gary VtmArragon

4 Resisting Homework as Solitary Confinement
David I. Smith

8 Speaking Students’ Language: Teaching from Your Heart to Theirs
Elizabeth Clark

12 Work, Play, Love, and Learn
Matthew Beimers and Darryl DeBoer

17 Stepping through the Door: What Makes Books Easy for Kids to Fall Into?
Andrew Blok and Bill Boerman-Cornel

24 Journey Toward Justice
reviewed by Gideon Strauss

27 Life-Affirming Books
Wes Wikkerink

29 Thinking Inside the Box: My Piece of Your Professional Development
Gary L. Riggins

31 Setting Goals and
Facing Challenges

34 How to Succeed in School Without Really Trying, or And Then There Was One
Jan Kaarsvlam

English Journal Vol. 104 No. 5

7   Call for Manuscripts

11   From the Editors

Julie Gorlewski and David Gorlewski

12   High School Matters

Teaching Writing, Rather Than Writings

Stephen Heller


15   Second City Teacher Training: Applying Improvisational Theater

Techniques to the Classroom

Melissa Talhelm

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

sj Miller

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.


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

  1. M. Chase

91   Romeo and Juliet-Again

Lou Ventura

106   “ramble”

Simao Drew

114   On Being Asked by a Student

Stephen Granzyk


88   Speaking Truth to Power

Do We Need to Buy the Book? Teaching Uncle Tom’s Cabin

in the Digital  Age

Terri Pantuso

92   Book Reviews

Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing

Ken Lindblom

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

English Journal Vol.104 No.4 March 2015

7      Call for Manuscripts
11    From the Editors – Julie Gorlewski and David Gorlewski
12    High School Matters: Why Teach Poetry? – Tara Seale
15    EJ in Focus: Poetry and Emotional Intelligence: A Radical Call – Kyle Vaughn
110  Speaking My Mind: Vincent: Timeless Poet, Fearless Voice – Reflections on the Centennial of Renasence – Megan Morgans Ainsworth

Poetry: Rhyme and Reason
21    Creating Space for Poetry – Julie E. Schrauben
26    Sappho through Mimesis, a Pedagogical Approach to Teaching Poetry – Catherine Louise Kennedy
32    Peer Response, Reminds: Authentic Peer Response through Audio Technology – Michael Hoffman
37    Behind the Curtain: A Teacher’s Quest to Better Understand, Write, and Model Poetry – Tanya J. Hannaford
43    Connecting Students with Shakespeare’s Poetry: Digital Creations of Close Reading – Joan Lange, Patrick Connolly, and Devin Lintzenich
50    “When It Rains a Puddle Is Made”: Fostering Academic Literacy in English Learners through Poetry and Translation – Jie Y. Park, Lori Simpson, Jesse Bicknell, and Sarah Michaels
59    Pairing Poetry and Technology: Teaching from the “Outside Inward” – Toby Emert
65    What the Whiteness Project Should Have Been: Poetry as a Collaborative Vehicle for Inquiry – Samuel Jaye Tanner
71    Galvanizing Empathy Through Poetry – Daniel Xerri and Stephanie Xerri Agius
77    Every Voice Matters: Spoken Word Poetry in and outside of School – Wendy R. Williams
83    Mindful Poetry: Making the Strange Familiar – Candence Robillar, Jacqeline Bach, and Melissa Gulden

90    Speaking Truth to Power – P.L. Thomas
93    Lingua Angila: Bridging Language and Learners – Kathleen M. Lord and Pamela J. Hickey
96    Carpe Librum: Seize the (YA) Book – Pauline Skowron-Schmidt
98    Continuous Becoming: Moving toward Mystery – Rose Cherie Reissman
100  Soft(a)ware in the English Classroom – Tom Liam Lynch
103  Disabling Assumptions – Jacob Stratman

106  As I Walk from my Classroom – Mark DeFoe
107  Clarification 0 Matthew Phillips
108  Proper Etiquette – Kathy Judge
109  Close Reading – Sandra Kurtti Pylvainen

Christian Educators Journal Vol.54 No.4 April 2015

04    The Top Ten Books for Adolescents and Young Adults that You Need to Read Now – Bill Boerman-Cornell
10    Deepening Colors – reviewed by Gloria Goris Stronks
12    Future Wise – reviewed by Dan Beerens
15    Leaders of Their Own Learning – reviewed by Darryl DeBoer
20    Death Before the Fall – reviewed by John Schneider
23    Nuts and Bolts of Inclusive Education – reviewed by Kathleen VanTol
25    The Cross and Gendercide – reviewed by Rebecca Warren
27    Teaching to Justice, Citizenship, and Civic Virtue – reviewed by Robert J. Keeley

02    Organized Reading – Gary VanArragon
30    A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing – Gary L. Riggins
32    Watching Cardinals, Tasting Words, and Savoring Slowness – Jane Hoogendam-Reitsma
34    So Little Time for So Many Books – Jan Kaarsvlam

Christian Educators Journal Vol.54 No.3 February 2015

4     Cultivating Grace-Shaped Communities – Syd Hielema
7     So You Want to Work in a Healthy Workplace? – Anne Martin
12   Decreasing Stress in the Classroom – Leslie Visser
15   When the Unthinkable Happens – Bob VandePol
20   Teacher Self-Care – Jean Holthaus
24   Understanding and Overcoming Self-Harm by Michelle DeBoer

2    Healthy Workplaces – Gary VamArragon
28   I Hear the Chickadee Calling – Jane Hoogendam-Reitsma
30   Songs Sung Blue – Gary L. Riggins
31   Managing Stress
33     Of Meatballs and Moustaches – Jan Kaarsvlam


English Journal Vol.104 No.3 January 2015

7      Call for Manuscripts
11    From the Editors – Julie Gorlewski and David Gorlewski
13    EJ in Focus:  
How  Re-thinking Adolescence Helps Re-imagine  the Teaching of English – Sophia Tatiana Sarigianides, Mark A. Lewis, and Robert Petrone
In this framing article, the guest editors provide the theoretical framework for conceptualizing adolescence and adolescents driving this special issue of English Journal. They also describe what they call a youth lens, an approach for reading and analyzing young adult literature that honors the idea of adolescence as a construct.
19    Speaking My Mind: 
Dating  Ben Franklin: Investigating the Early Years of Historical Figures and Classic Authors – Sharon Kane

22    Precocious Knowledge: Using Banned Books to Engage in a Youth Lens – Alyssa D. Niccolini  This piece looks at how banned books can offer an illuminating glimpse into social constructions of “healthy” and “normal” adolescent development. Unease with certain materials and topics in the secondary classroom can offer productive points of inquiry for both teachers and students.
29    Reading Pop Culture and Young Adult Literature through the Youth Lens – Carlin Borsheim-Biack  This article describes activities and assignments  for using a youth lens to critique dominant images of adolescents/ce in young adult literature and pop culture texts.
35    Disrupting and Dismantling the Dominant Vision of Youth of Color – Susan L. Groenke, Marcelle Haddix, Wendy J. Glenn, David E. Kirkland, Detra Price-Dennis, and Chonika Coleman-King  In this article, ELA and urban teacher educators  who have been long-time advocates for and users of young adult  literature in their work with beginning English teachers re-think the cultural constructs of “black and brown” adolescence that undergird the genre and guide their work.
41    Social Media and “Kids Today”: A Counter-Narrative from a US High School – William Kist, Kristen Srsen, and Beatriz Fontanive Bishop  An incident of bullying via Twitter in a Midwestern US high school problematizes traditional  stereotypes about adolescents and social media, as witnessed by two English teachers at the school who write about their own experiences and implications for English curriculum and instruction.
47    Illuminating Discourses of Youth through the Study of First-Person Narration in Young Adult Literature – Amanda Haertling Thein and Mark A. Sulzer  Grounded in the three-part literary concept of the narrator, the narratee, and the implied reader, this article provides teachers and students  with a heuristic for uncovering, attending to, and critiquing assumptions about youth found in the first­person narrative form that predominates in young adult literature.
54   Using a Youth Lens to Facilitate literary Interpretation  for “Struggling” Readers – Alison Heron-Hruby, Brandie Trent, Samantha Haas, and Zachary Cole Allen  This article details the authors’ success in using youth as a construct to facilitate literary analysis skills among high school students  who claimed not to like reading and who demonstrated difficulty with reading comprehension.  The authors provide descriptions of the analysis activities in which the students  participated.
61   Sex in the English Classroom: Text, Counter Text, and Social Text – Elisabeth Johnson  In this article, the author is concerned with the ways conceptions of adolescence and sexuality take hold in and beyond the English curriculum. Through a classroom vignette, she considers some of the ways teachers might make more of moments when sex comes up and when planning interactions about sex with youth.
68   Re-constructing and Re-presenting Teenagers: Using Media Literacy to Examine Cultural Constructions of Adolescents – David L. Bruce  This article describes a class in which media  literacy was used as a means for student inquiry into cultural  constructedness of adolescents. Students read and critiqued media portrayals of teenagers, then used digital video to re-construct  their own complex re-presentations of their adolescent selves.
75   Youth as Cosmopolitan Intellectuals – Tiffany DeJaynes and Christopher Curmi  Two high school teachers examine  classroom moments that position youth as cosmopolitan intellectuals  and invested community members as opposed to disengaged and disaffected adolescents.

12   Claiming Spaces – Kjersti VanSiyke-Briggs
60   Hymn Sung at the Completion of the Lesson Plan, 11/12/13 – Maria Fischer
67   Sonnet for My First-Period, Ninth-Grade  Class – J.P. Murphy
84   Teachable Moment – Maria Sanchez

81   A Thousand Writers: Voices of the NWP:  The Serious Work  of Writing – Anna Smith
85   Carpe Librum: Seize the (VA) Book:  Will You Go Out with Me?  Why First Loves Are Painfully Important  to YA Lit – Emilee Hussack and Pauline Skowron Schmidt
88   Soft(a)ware in the English Classroom  Reassessing How  We “See”  Students: The Blessing and Blight of Rubrics (and Software) in Education – Tom Liam Lynch
91   Speaking Truth to Power  Speaking Out  in the Public Sphere: Why, What, Where, and How Teachers Can Enter the Fray – Peter Smagorinsky
97   Under Discussion: Teaching Speaking and Listening  Care to Elaborate: Encouraging Students to Build on Others’  Ideas – Lisa M. Barker