English Jouranl Vol 101 No. 4 March 2012

8   Call for Manuscripts
11    From the Editor
Ken Lindblom
13  From the Secondary Section Community in the Classroom Katie Greene and Karen Conn Mitcham

105  An April Fool’s Day EJ Extra: Will Your Students Get the Joke?
How to Plump a Paper
Douglas Pollock


17   EJ in Focus
Connecting the Classroom, Community, and Curriculum
Jim Burke
Join the popular author and high school teacher as he brings the real world of work to his Generation Y students. He describes class projects, guest speakers, and other ways for helping students develop literacy skills that will help them find gainful employment.

29   Inviting Parents In: Expanding Our Community Base to Support Writing
Cathy Fleischer and Kimberly Coupe Pavlock
Parents can be our greatest allies for ensuring effective writing instruction.  Fleischer and Pavlock share strategies for engaging parents in supportive efforts with their children.

37   Digitalk as Community
Kristen Hawley Turner
Students aren’t just texting; they’re participating as members of a community of writers,
developing skills of voice, purpose, and audience awareness.

43   Wiki Literature Circles: Creating Digital Learning Communities
Elizabeth Edmondson
Edmundson brings us literature circles for the 21st century.

50   Informal and Shared: Writing to Create Community
Deborah Dean and Adrienne Warren
Informal writing can provide excellent ways to create a classroom community that
heightens students’ writing skills.

55   Novelzine: Reading and Writing Community
Karin H. deGravelles, Jacqueline Bach, Yvette Hyde, Angelle Hebert, with Debra Hale, Alesha Cavanaugh, and Monica Kimbrough
Four different English classes participate in an innovative writing project that’s novel in more than one way.

64   Powerful Writing: Promoting a Political Writing Community of Students
Fahima lfe
For students  to act as responsible citizens, they must become comfortable writing with and about power.

70   Where to Begin? Using Place-Based Writing to Connect Students with Their Local Communities
Lauren Esposito
Esposito asks students to compose public service announcements that hit them where they live.

77   Bridging Gaps and Preserving Memories through Oral History Research and Writing
Amy Dayton-Wood, Laren Hammonds, Lisa Matherson, and Leah Tollison
When students interview real people in their communities, they develop a more personal engagement with local history and a greater investment in purposeful research and writing.

83   “I Hate Group Work!”  Social Loafers, Indignant Peers, and the Drama of the Classroom
Megan Lynn Isaac
Real-world collaborations aren’t perfect. Learn strategies for structuring positive group interaction in your classroom.

16  Perfect Circle
Tasha Graff

28 The Boys Who Fish
Allisa Abraham Hall

89 Best Art is Force(d)
Peter Fernbach

104   Dead Sea Squirrels
Beth DeMeo

90   Adventures with Text and Beyond
Challenging Genre, Medium, and Text-Students as Authentic Readers and Writers
P. L. Thomas

94   Mentoring Matters
Rethinking Mentor Relationships
Heather  Coffey

97   Professional Writing in the English Classroom
Literature-Based Professional Writing: An Oxymoron Whose Time Has Come
Kelley R. Newhouse, Michele L. Propper, Ruth M. Riedel, and Barbara S. Teitelzweig
101   Research for the Classroom
Punctuation: The Power and the Possibilities
Mary Heveron-Smith