Language Arts

Articles from Vol. 93, No. 1, September

A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts
A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts by Eileen Landay and Kurt Wootton, Harvard Education Press, 2012, 247 pp., ISBN 978- 1- 61250- 460- 5In A Reason to Read, the performance cycle is described as a framework for utilizing the arts throughout...
A Tale of Two Beasts
A Tale of Two Beasts Written and illustrated by Fiona Roberton Kane Miller, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978- 1610673617 7This picture book, organized in two stories, begins with, "I was walking home from Grandma's house, through the deep dark woods, when I spied...
Becoming the Story in the Joyful World of "Jack and the Beanstalk"
Mera, a drama teaching artist playing Jill, reminds the preschool-age children that last week all the "brothers and sisters" were in their beds and Mother came to wake them up. She directs them to make a pillow with their hands and close their eyes....
Blue on Blue
Blue on Blue Written by Dianne White Illustrated by Beth Krommes Beach Lane, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-14424-1267-5"It's a bright, beautiful, blue-on-blue day, but a storm is on its way, and soon . . . Thunder! Lightening! Raging, roaring! Rain on rain...
"Bumblebee's in Trouble!" Embodied Literacies during Imaginative Superhero Play
"Bumblebee's in trouble! We need your help!"Zack stood over me, hands on hips, eyes focused downward where I sat at the picnic table on the far left corner of the playground. A rising fourth grader, he was no longer the African American boy I knew, but...
Carnivores
Carnivores Written by Aaron Reynolds Illustrated by Dan Santat Chronicle, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-08118-6690-3The first double-paged spread of this stellar picturebook offers a witty union of cartoon images, droll text, and energetic design that carries...
Celebrating Marilyn Singer: A Poet of Many Interests
Marilyn Singer is the 2015 winner of the NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award, joining a distinguished group of poets that NCTE has recognized since 1977. She has published over 100 books for children and young adults in different genres, including...
Drama as Serious (and Not So Serious) Business: Critical Play, Generative Conflicts, and Moving Bodies in a 1:1 Classroom
As part of a longitudinal classroom ethnography project, I explored what happens when drama pedagogy is mobilized in relation to a classroom conflict. The findings from this work suggest that drama encounters can move the classroom frame of criticality...
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas Written by Lynne Cox Illustrated by Brian Floca Schwartz & Wade, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-37585888-8This sweet book is about an elephant seal that seemed to consider the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand, her home....
Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More!
Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More! Written by Thomas M. Kostigen National Geographic Society, 2014, 112 pp., ISBN 978-1-4263-1811-5In six exciting and informative chapters, Kostigen covers many...
Half a World Away
Half a World Away Written by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum, 2014, 225 pp., ISBN 978-14424-1275-0Meet Jaden, a 12-year-old boy who lights fires, hoards food, steals money, ditches school, and calls his parents by their first names-Steve and Penni. Jaden feels...
Hermelin the Detective Mouse
Hermelin the Detective Mouse Written and illustrated by Mini Grey Alfred A. Knopf, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-38575433-0It was a brave new day on Offley Street until Hermelin realized that the people of Offley Street needed his help. What's a book-reading,...
How Should Readers Develop across Time? Mapping Change without a Defi Cit Perspective
When children are sorted according to traditionally measured reading comprehension achievement, performance differences often position those from nondominant groups as lacking, with these perceived deficits in turn attributed to gaps in prior knowledge,...
Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager, Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, 2013, 252 pp,. ISBN 978-0- 9891511- 0- 8Have you heard of the maker movement? Invent to Learn explains...
Lowriders in Space (Book 1)
Lowriders in Space (Book 1) Written by Cathy Camper Illustrated by Raúl the Third Chronicle, 2014, 111 pp., ISBN 978-14521-2155-0Readers of Lowriders in Space will be rooting for Lupe Impala, Flapjack Octopus, and Elirio Malaria, three friends with dreams...
Ocean: A Photicular Book
Ocean: A Photicular Book Written by Carol Kaufmann Created by Dan Kainen Workman, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-76118051-7Readers will stop to do a double take when Ocean: A Photicular Book crosses their paths. They will puzzle over how the 2-dimensional...
The Fourteenth Goldfish: Believe in the Possible
The Fourteenth Goldfish: Believe in the Impossible Possible Written by Jennifer L. Holm Random House, 2014, 195 pp., ISBN 978-0375-87064-4Ellie comes from a theatre family where her mom is a drama teacher and her yet she prefers puzzles, scary films,...
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes Written by Nicola Davies Illustrated by Emily Sutton Candlewick, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-07636-7315-4Did you know that there are tiny creatures living everywhere? A single drop of seawater holds twenty million microbes,...
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