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  1. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Expanding Vision: Teaching Haiku
    Despite common misconceptions about haiku, there is a lively and vibrant haiku community throughout the United States and many other countries. Read this article for further discussion on the use of haiku in your own classroom.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Exploring the Past through Multigenre Writing
    Research comes alive when students explore a range of alternate genres instead of writing the traditional research report.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Fifty Alternatives to the Book Report
    Offers 50 diverse suggestions intended to offer students new ways to think about a piece of literature, new directions to explore, and ways to respond with greater depth to the books they read.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Finding the Thread: Character, Setting, and Theme
    An annotated bibliography of books that exemplify the plot elements, character, setting, and theme. Includes guidelines on how to do a book talk.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    "Framing Texts: New Strategies for Student Writers"
    Using children's picture books, Deborah Dean provided frameworks for student research papers that avoided the pitfalls leading to voiceless and encyclopedic writing. Research guide sheets; class analysis of text organization, sentence variety, stylistic choices; and peer review all contribute to interesting final papers.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Fresh Perspectives on New Literacies and Technology Integration
    This article provides practical ideas for integrating technologies into the classroom in ways that honor students' out-of-school technology funds of knowledge.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    From Sheryl Crow to Homer Simpson: Literature and Composition through Pop Culture
    High school teacher Jerome Evans makes popular culture an integral part of his courses. Through analyzing themes in song lyrics, rhetorical devices in essays and advertisements, and psychology in contemporary film, students improve their skills in critical thinking and writing.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   K – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    "Genre Studies"
    In this issue you will read about elementary children who are introduced to genre primarily through their teachers reading aloud. The children are invited to become inquirers who continue to explore books as they meet in small groups to write and read on their own—from fantasy to African folktales to poetry.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts
    Describes how an English teacher uses ghost stories in his classroom to further students' interest in and understanding of epics. Presents a short unit in which all the class work focuses on scary kinds of things.
  10. Professional Development | Professional Library  |  Journal
    How Comic Books Can Change the Way Our Students See Literature: One Teacher's Perspective
    In this article, Versaci details the many merits of using comics and graphic novels in the classroom, suggests how they can be integrated into historical and social issues units, and recommends several titles.

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