Language Arts

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 1, September

Becoming Text Analysts: Unpacking Purpose and Perspective
Many of us grew up trusting the informa- tion that our textbooks provided. Our teachers relied on them and often did not prepare us to read them with a critical eye in terms of whose stories they told and whose were left out. This tradition continues...
Boris for the Win
Boris for the Win Written and illustrated by Andrew Joyner Scholastic, 2011, 73 pp., ISBN 978-0- 545- 48448- 0"Meet Boris. He's a lot like you" (p. 1). The accompanying illustration shows Boris with straggly hair and a long snout. He is carrying all...
Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions through Collaborative Inquiry
It was the first day of a new school year in Columbia, South Carolina, and fourth-grade teacher, Julie Waugh, was chatting with her students as they gathered their belongings to head home. Julie leaned in to become a part of a small- group conversation....
Clementine and the Family Meeting
Clementine and the Family Meeting Written by Sara Pennypacker Illustrated by Marla Frazee Disney/Hyperion, 2011, 162 pp., ISBN 978-1- 42312-356-9The title character of this engagingly funny and heartwarming book finds it unfair that she was named after...
Co-Researching with and among Children and Youth
The theme for this issue, Kids as Research- ers, invites readers to consider the impact and insight children bring to their learn- ing when they have opportunities to engage in research-to ask their own questions, to gather data for those questions,...
Critical Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom: Unpacking Histories, Unlearning Privilege
Critical Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom: Unpacking Histories, Unlearning Privilege by Candace R. Kuby, Teachers College Press, 2013, 137 pp., ISBN 978-0-8077-5469-6 (paperback)"There is no such thing as neutral text and there is no such thing...
Deadliest Animals
Deadliest Animals Written by Melissa Stewart National Geographic Society, 2011, 48 pp., ISBN 978-1-4263-0757-7On the front cover, a snarling lion with jagged teeth and menacing eyes looks as if it is ready to attack. Curious children will turn the page...
Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Classrooms
Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Classrooms by Sonia Nieto. Heinemann, 2013, 179 pp., ISBN 978-0-325-02715-9 (paperback)". . . all teachers can find joy in teaching students...
Good Luck Anna Hibiscus!
Good Luck Anna Hibiscus! Written by Atinuke Illustrated by Lauren Tobia Kane Miller, 2011, 110 pp., ISBN 978-1- 61067-007-4This delightful collection of realistic fiction stories centers on the adventures of Anna Hibiscus, a curious and relatable little...
Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book
Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book Written by Nikki Grimes Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Putnam, 2012, 104 pp., ISBN 978-0-399-25178-8"You'd never know it to look at her skinny little self, but Dyamonde loves food. If there were a class...
Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Qualitative Inquiry with Youth and Communities
Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Qualitative Inquiry with Youth and Communities edited by Django Paris and Maisha T. Winn, SAGE, 2013, 304 pp., ISBN 978-1-4522- 2539-5 (paperback)"To understand what it means to 'humanize' research, it is important to...
Ling & Ting Share a Birthday
Ling & Ting Share a Birthday Written and illustrated by Grace Lin Little, Brown, 2013, 44 pp., ISBN 978-0-316- 18405-2"Ling and Ting are twins. They share many things. They share the same dark eyes. They share the same blue dresses. They also share...
Loving "Killdeer Pond": The Multiple Signs of Children's Inquiry
The story that follows is a love story. More specifically, it is a pedagogical love story. It situates us, as readers, in the midst of the excitement, curiosity, passion, movement, imagina- tive play, creative experimentation, and caring rela- tionships...
Mika: My New Life
Mika: My New Life Written and illustrated by Kyla May Scholastic, 2013, 90 pp., ISBN 978-0-545-49620-9Life on Lotus Lane is a busy one for Kiki and her best friends, Coco, Lulu, and new neighbor Mika. These BFFL (BFFL=Best Friends For Life) attend Amber...
Missy's Super Duper Royal Deluxe: School Play
Missy's Super Duper Royal Deluxe: School Play Written and illustrated by Susan Nees Scholastic, 2013, 80 pp., ISBN 978-0- 5454- 3853- 7No one can fill a room with more sparkle and energy than Melissa Abigail Rose, or as her friends and family call her,...
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey Written and illustrated by Timothy Roland Scholastic, 2014, 90 pp., ISBN 978-0- 545- 55977- 5A combined narrative chapter book and graphic novel, Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey offers primary grade readers a likeable...
Move over, Frog and Toad: Transitional Chapter Books
This column focuses on transitional chapter books for beginning readers. Roser, Marti- nez, McDonnold, and Fuhrken (2004) wrote that transitional chapter books "are intended to ease the picture book to chapter book transition, filling a niche for young...
Nikki & Deja: Substitute Trouble
Nikki & Deja: Substitute Trouble Written by Karen English Illustrated by Laura Freeman Clarion, 2013, 108 pp., ISBN 978-0- 547- 61565- 3When Nikki and Deja arrive at George Washington Carver Elementary School one morning, they notice that their teacher,...
So the Boys Won't Bother Us: Kindergarten Students as Researchers
Barely a month had passed since the first day of school and already four-year-old Hannah's space on the bulletin board was covered with drawings of horses. She had yellow horses, blue horses, and red horses. She had some horses looking to the left and...
Teacher Inquiry in Literacy Workshops: Forging Relationships through Reggio-Inspired Practice
Teacher Inquiry in Literacy Workshops: Forging Relationships through Reggio- Inspired Practice edited by Judith T. Lysaker, NCTE, 2013, 165 p., ISBN 978-0-8141-5487-8 (paperback)"Research is a high hat word that scares a lot of people. It needn't. It...
The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble
The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble Written and illustrated by Frank Cammuso Amulet Books, 2013, 95 pp., ISBN 978-1-4197- 0803-9Readers meet the irrepressible and delightful young witch Salem Hyde just as she mistakes a spelling bee for...
The Notebook of Doom: Day of the Night Crawlers
The Notebook of Doom: Day of the Night Crawlers Written and illustrated by Troy Cummings Scholastic, 2013, 92 pp., ISBN 978-0-545-49324-6Written for independent readers, the simple chapter books in this new series are part mystery, part fantasy, and...
Who Is Doing the Research?
The theme of this issue, Kids as Researchers, offers an interesting platform to talk about research: who is doing it and for what pur- poses? In past years, student research projects often involved index cards with "facts" about an animal, the state...
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