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Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library

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.

 

Different Texts, Different Emergent Writing Forms

Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library

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.

 

Analyzing Grammar Rants: An Alternative to Traditional Grammar Instruction

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library

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.

 

New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library

New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

IRA's position on recognizing an expanded conception of literacy and supporting learners as they use and interact with information and communication technologies.

 

Flip-A-Chip to Build Vocabulary

Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library

Flip-A-Chip to Build Vocabulary

This word-game strategy builds vocabulary and comprehension while motivating students.