Language Arts

Articles from Vol. 95, No. 2, November

A Profile of Marilyn Nelson, Poet Extraordinaire
Marilyn Nelson has been named the 2017 recipient of the NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award. Established in 1977, the award honors the collective work of a living American poet whose audience is children ages 3-13. Nelson has won a number of...
Ghost
Charlotte Huck Winner Ghost Written by Jason Reynolds Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum, 2016, 192 pp., ISBN 978-1-4814-5015-7Castle Cranshaw, or "Ghost" as he has renamed himself, has been running from his past since the night his father took a gun to his mother...
Katherine and Randy Bomer, NCTE's 2017 Outstanding Elementary Educators in the English Language Arts
Established in 1995, the Outstanding Elementary Educator in the English Language Arts Award annually recognizes distinguished national or international scholars who have "made major contributions to the field of language arts in elementary education"...
Literacy Rituals in the Community and the Classroom
Greg iS a ritual reader. At various times during the week, he publicly reads Scripture; in Vietnamese Mass on Sunday, he recites the ancient words of the liturgy during services; and in the evenings, he memorizes long prayers with his father. These are...
Re-Visioning through Storytelling and Story Acting in a Second-Grade Classroom
"Why did their noses hurt?" asked Anisa (all student names are pseudonyms), referring to the pterodactyl character that she was playing as she acted out a scene from Andrew's story."Because the door was made out of steel metal," Andrew explained."Oh,...
Scaffolding Practice: Supporting Emerging Bilinguals' Academic Language Use in Two Classroom Communities
Ms. Daryl (all names are pseudonyms) wrote loud, proud, and confident on the whiteboard before asking her students to practice their speeches with shoulder partners. As the members of the firstgrade classroom "described their dreams and why they are...
Some Writer! the Story of E. B. White
2017 Orbis Pictus Award Winner Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White Written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 161 pp., ISBN 978-0-544-31959-2Melissa Sweet's captivating biography of children's book author Elwyn Brooks...
Standing with Students: A Children's Rights Perspective on Formative Literacy Assessment
Formative assessment involves teachers, students, and others collecting and interpreting evidence about student growth and achievement to make decisions about instruction (Black & William, 1998). In our current educational climate of accountability...
Writing to Change the World: Teaching Social Justice through Writer's Workshop
I have taught sixth grade in a charter school in East Palo Alto, California, and fifth grade at an independent school in New York City. Despite the differences in contexts across these two cities, I have found that my upper elementary students find issues...
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