Language Arts

Articles from Vol. 91, No. 6, July

A Four Resources Analysis of Technology in the CCSS
The broad, yet undefined, emphasis on tech- nology in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts poses particular challenges for educators charged with the Standards' implementation. The current bare-bones definitions of "technology"...
Building on Children's Worlds: Shifting Instructional Focus
Teachers who build on the worlds of children inhabiting their classrooms make a differ- ence in children's lives. In doing so, their teaching practices shift from implementing meth- ods to facilitating thinking through innovative, hybrid strategies,...
Coaching Teachers' Talk during Vocabulary and Comprehension Instruction
Ms. Parker (pseudonym) is an experienced sixth-grade teacher in her fourth year of teaching in an urban middle school. To support the day's lesson, she introduces several key vocabulary words by asking students to read the definition and then calling...
Educational Dialogue: Improving How We Share the Same Sandbox
Spurred by global and technological changes, collaborations are being struck up around educational efforts in ways previously unheard of. Interdisciplinary work is increasing across grade levels. Policies are constructed with multiple stakeholders at...
Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems
Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems Written by Marilyn Singer Illustrated by Josée Masse Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 8037-3769-3"Once upon a time, Marilyn Singer wrote a poem that could be read up and down, so that it...
Interactive Digital Storytelling with Refugee Children
"Stories are more than just good for us-t hey are essential to survival."-Jason Ohler, Digital Storytelling in the Classroom, p. 9It is mid-morning in July, 2011, and I am work- ing with 30 young learners in a computer lab on the college campus where...
Lullaby (for a Black Mother): A Poem by Langston Hughes
Lullaby (for a Black Mother): A Poem by Langston Hughes Written by Langston Hughes Illustrated by Sean Qualls Harcourt Children's Books, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-547-36265-6"My little dark baby,/My little earth-thing,/My little love-one,/What shall...
Pug: And Other Animal Poems
Pug: And Other Animal Poems Written by Valerie Worth Illustrated by Steve Jenkins Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 374- 35024- 6In the expertly composed collection of 18 animal poems, Valerie Worth ponders the unique behaviors and characteristics...
Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices
Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices Written by Carole Gerber Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin Henry Holt, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 8050-9211-0A honeybee and a bumblebee have a chat. A rose offers a worm a bit of its compost. A mouse...
Stardines Swim High across the Sky and Other Poems
Stardines Swim High across the Sky and Other Poems Written by Jack Prelutsky Illustrated by Carin Berger Greenwillow Books, 2012, 36 pp., ISBN 978-0-06-201464-1For some time, Prelutsky has mixed animals imaginatively with vegetables, fruits, flowers,...
Trick-Or- Treat: A Happy Haunter's Halloween
Trick-or-Treat: A Happy Haunter's Halloween Written by Debbie Leppanen Illustrated by Tad Carpenter Beach Lane Books, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-4424-3398-4This spooky poetry book will delight goblins, ghosts, and ghouls throughout the year, especially...
Watercolor as a Form of Storytelling: An Interview with Jerry Pinkney
Language Arts EditorsJerry Pinkney joined the likes of Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol when he became a featured artist at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta in 2013. Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney cel- ebrated Mr. Pinkney's 50-year career and was the...
When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders
When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders Written by J. Patrick Lewis Illustrated by Jim Burke, R. Gregory Christie, Tonya Engel, John Parra, and Meilo So Chronicle Books, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 4521-0119-4Lewis's outstanding collection...
Words with Wings
Words with Wings Written by Nikki Grimes Wordsong, 2013, 84 pp., ISBN 978-1-59078-985-8Gabriella, named after an angel in the Bible, is a daydreamer who loves words. One poem (p. 11) titled the same as the novel goes like this:Some wordssit still on...
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