November 2012 • Volume 44 • Number 2
Enhancing Literacy for All Students
Articles in this issue focus on literacy instruction in all areas of the curriculum. Zenkov and associates describe a photo elicitation strategy that motivated urban English language learners (ELLs) to write about their lives, and Bolos reviews a variety of classroom-tested strategies for teaching ELLs. Cieciersk and Bintz describe ways to use chants and cadences to enhance literacy learning across the curriculum. Writing from a critical-multicultural perspective, Montero explains how urban students wrote about their lives in one-word poems and on traveling scrawled walls, and Casey describes how students in multimodal learning clubs use a variety of texts to learn important content. Harmon and associates urge teachers to focus on four aspects of literacy instruction to enhance engagement: choice, accessibility, rereading, and supported reading. The issue concludes with a review of research literature related to professional learning communities in middle level schools.
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A View from the Middle
David C. Virtue
Rethinking Charter Schools
Seeing How to Ask First: Photo Elicitation Motivates English Language Learners to Write
Kristien Zenkov, Marriam Ewaida, Athene Bell, & Megan Lynch
Photos prompt middle grades English language learners to reflect upon and write about their lives.
Successful Strategies for Teaching Reading to Middle Grades English Language Learners
Teachers can employ a variety of classroom-tested strategies to teach reading to English language learners.
Using Chants and Cadences to Promote Literacy Across the Curriculum
Lisa Ciecierski & William P. Bintz
Chants and cadences engage students in creative writing and critical thinking.
Literary Artistic Spaces Engage Middle Grades Teachers and Students in Critical-Multicultural Dialogue
M. Kristiina Montero
Urban students write about their lives in one-word poems and on traveling scrawled walls.
Multimodal Learning Clubs
Students in multimodal learning clubs use a variety of texts to learn important content.
Research into Practice
Four Components to Promote Literacy Engagement in Subject Matter Disciplines
Janis M. Harmon, Karen D. Wood, & Katie Stover
What Research Says
Professional Learning Communities Create Sustainable Change Through Collaboration
Ginger M. Teague & Vincent A. Anfara, Jr.
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