Language Arts

Articles from Vol. 93, No. 6, July

A Manifesto in Defense of "Teacher Educators like Me": Preparing the Nation's Teachers to Teach Reading
A Manifesto in Defense of "Teacher Educators Like Me": Preparing the Nation's Teachers to Teach Reading by Curt Dudley-Marling, Garn Press, 2015, 114 pp., ISBN 78-1-942146-20-9Are America's public schools failing? Is that the fault of university teacher...
Close Writing: Developing Purposeful Writers in Grades 2-6
Close Writing: Developing Purposeful Writers in Grades 2-6 by Paula Bourque, Stenhouse, 2016, 290 pp., ISBN 978-1-62531-053As a literacy coach working alongside teachers in their writing workshops, Paula Bourque gradually shifted her thinking from the...
Collaborative Translation: Negotiating Student Investment in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
This year marks a demographic milestone in US public schools: non-white students will outnumber white students, and the US student body is projected to be "majority minority" (Krogstad and Fry, 2014). US schools have been diversifying for decades, and...
Early Biliteracy Development: Exploring Young Learners' Use of Their Linguistic Resources
Early Biliteracy Development: Exploring Young Learners' Use of Their Linguistic Resources by Eurydice Bouchereau Bauer & Mileidis Gort (Eds.), Routledge, 2012, 203 pp., ISBN 978-0-415-88018-3Bauer and Gort believe that there is "much promise in children...
Educating African American Students: And How Are the Children?
Educating African American Students: And How Are the Children? by Gloria S. Boutte, Routledge, 2015, 217 pp., ISBN 978-1-138-89232-3In this beautifully written text, Gloria Boutte urges us to transform classrooms based on the belief that peace and good...
Final Thoughts
For our last issue of Language Arts, and our final Conversation Currents, we decided to take the opportunity to reflect on our process and journey as Language Arts editors from 2011 to 2016. We share our surprises, favorites, insights, and processes,...
Flutter & Hum/Aleteo Y Zumbido: Animal Poems/Poemas De Animales
Flutter & Hum/Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems/Poemas de Animales Written and illustrated by Julie Paschkis Henry Holt, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-62779-103-8Twelve poems depict the powerful, lyrical, and playful nature of animals in their everyday...
Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems about Just about Everything
Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems about Just about Everything Written and illustrated by Calef Brown Henry Holt, 2015, 138 pp., ISBN 978-0- 8050- 9928- 7This wacky and wild poetry collection is full of nonsense poems that will tickle the funny bone and cause...
It Sounds More like a Gangbanger: Using Collaborative Translation to Understand Literary Concepts
This vignette, drawn from our study of middle school students with whom we used collaborative translation to explore language arts concepts, demonstrates one way that teachers can value and use heritage languages in the classroom. In this vignette, one...
Jumping off Library Shelves: A Book of Poems
Jumping OffLibrary Shelves: A Book of Poems Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins Illustrated by Jane Manning Wordsong, 2015, 32 pp., ISBN 978-1-59078-924-7Noted poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins's newest compilation of poetry is a library lovers' dream...
Multimodal, Digital Composition for Children with Autism: Lessons on Process, Product, and Assessment
My name is CindyI am eight years oldI was born in [sic] January 30I am in the third grade and my teacher's name isLilianaI went to Palm SpringI love my familyI like my homeThese words are a written transcript of the voiceover of Cindy's multimodal, digital...
National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More Than 200 Poems with Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom!
National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More Than 200 Poems with Photographs that Float, Zoom, and Bloom! Edited by J. Patrick Lewis National Geographic, 2015, 192 pp., ISBN 978-1-4263-2094-1In his second edited poetry anthology for National Geographic,...
Presidential Misadventures: Poems That Poke Fun at the Man in Charge
Presidential Misadventures: Poems that Poke Fun at the Man in Charge Written by Bob Raczka Illustrated by Dan E. Burr Roaring Brook, 2015, 44 pp., ISBN 978-1-59643-980-1"Toothache-prone GEORGE WASHINGTON/ complained that flossing was no fun./Lifelong...
Something Sure Smells around Here: Limericks
Something Sure Smells around Here: Limericks Written by Brian P. Cleary Illustrated by Andy Rowland Milbrook, 2015, 32 pp., ISBN 978- 1- 4677- 6035- 5A remarkable book of limericksOffering short poems to read just for kicks.No bawdy tales included, and...
Spectacular Things Happen along the Way: Lessons from an Urban Classroom (Teaching for Social Justice Series)
Spectacular Things Happen along the Way: Lessons from an Urban Classroom (Teaching for Social Justice series) by Brian D. Schultz, Teachers College Press, 2008, 192 pp., ISBN 978-080-774-857-2Spectacular Things Happen along the Way (2008) is the story...
Sweep Up the Sun
Sweep Up the Sun Written by Helen Frost Photo-illustrated by Rick Lieder Candlewick, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-7636-6904-1Frost and Lieder team up again to create a visual and poetic treat. The opening endpaper displays an intricately woven nest with...
The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects
The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects Edited by Paul B. Janeczko Illustrated by Chris Raschka Candlewick, 2015, 77 pp., ISBN 978-0-7636-6963-8In their fourth collaboration, Paul B. Janeczko and Chris Raschka team up to tell a...
The Popcorn Astronauts and Other Biteable Rhymes
The Popcorn Astronauts and Other Biteable Rhymes Written by Deborah Ruddell Illustrated by Joan Rankin Margaret K. McElderry, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-4424-6555-8In this poetic celebration of food, there are poems about picnics, picky eaters, and parties....
The Unstoppable Writing Teacher: Real Strategies for the Real Classroom
The Unstoppable Writing Teacher: Real Strategies for the Real Classroom by M. Colleen Cruz, Heinemann, 2015, 148 pp., ISBN 978-0-325-06248-8In the forward to this book, Lucy Calkins notes, "Writing is struggle. If we want our students to become strong...
"Wow" Was Just about All We Could Say, Redux
Our final "Thoughts from the Editors . " Borrowing from Kevin Henkes's Chrysanthemum, "wow is just about all [we] can say . . . [again]." We made this comment after our first year as editors (July 2012), and we find ourselves saying it again at the end...
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