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  1. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    A Failure of the Imagination
    This article discusses the imaginative activities and assignments that teachers often assign that violate the text around which the lesson is focused and that mislead students about its meaning.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Alternative Book Reports
    This article describes different ways that students can report on books they have read other than the traditional "book report."
  3. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Analyzing Grammar Rants: An Alternative to Traditional Grammar Instruction
    Kenneth Lindblom and Patricia A. Dunn teach language awareness and use through published complaints about the teaching of grammar. Students are able to recognize issues of race and class that determine acceptable usage and learn the importance of audience in their own language use.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    At the Crossroads of Expertise: The Risky Business of Teaching Popular Culture
    Two professors argue that incorporating forms of popular culture into the classroom provides a meeting place where students and teachers can share their expertise. They support the argument with examples of activities and projects.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Being and Becoming: Multilingual Writers' Practices
    This study examines the writing practices taken on and negotiated by multilingual class members within two multiage elementary classrooms.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Beyond Voices of Readers: Students on School's Effects on Reading
    This article summarizes and explicates research on 272 twelfth-grade students' reading autobiographies. Cope quotes from some noteworthy comments and makes some suggestions on how teachers and schools might do a better job of teaching literature.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Building Community through Poetry: A Role for Imagination in the Classroom
    Methods such as the circle poem, the "poetic interview," the found poem, and the poetic field trip are just some used by the author to create an atmosphere of mutual support and enable students to initiate "imaginative possibilities."
  8. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Codeswitching: Tools of Language and Culture Transform the Dialectally Diverse Classroom
    This article shows how to affirm and draw on the dialect diversity of students to foster the learning of Standard English.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Different Texts, Different Emergent Writing Forms
    Examines young children's ability to vary the forms of emergent writing as they wrote a story, a shopping list, and a letter to a friend at three different times during the school year. Finds that children apply their emergent knowledge about written language differently. Indicates a considerable mismatch between written products and knowledge of genre characteristics.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Ethics as a Form of Critical and Rhetorical Inquiry in the Writing Classroom
    What can improve students' engagement in persuasive writing? A strong ethical dilemma and strategies for developing intelligent responses.

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