Language Arts

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 2, November

An Interview with Heidi Mills and Tim O'Keefe, NCTE's 2014 Outstanding Educators of the Year
Conducted at a time when teaching is pub- licly disparaged and de-skilled, this inter- view with Tim O'Keefe and Heidi Mills, recipients of NCTE's Outstanding Educators in the English Language Arts Award, about their years of teaching and nurturing relationships,...
Art Does Align with CCSS
"Art helps me because it's part of my life. And without art, I wouldn't be like,'Oh, those mountains are beautiful.'. . . I wouldn't be like that."-SophiaLike other kids her age, my six-year-old daughter, Sophia, is a budding artist. She carries around...
Art, Technology, and Home Literacies Equals Engagement
Envision, if you will, a third-grade classroom with students working independently, even as they brainstorm collaboratively in small groups about comic books they are creating about immigration. The hum in the classroom and the fact that the stu- dents...
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin Written by Jen Bryant Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Alfred A. Knopf, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 375- 86712- 5Horace, make a picture. Early in his life, Horace Pippin received encouragement from his grandma,...
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 Written by Michelle Markel Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Balzer & Bray, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 06180-442-7Clara Lemlich had the potential to be powerless. She was a small girl, newly...
Breakthrough to Meaning: Helping Your Kids Become Better Readers, Writers, and Thinkers
Breakthrough to Meaning: Helping Your Kids Become Better Readers, Writers, and Thinkers by Jean Anne Clyde, Shelli Barber, Sandra Hogue, and Laura Wasz, Heinemann, 2006, 192 pp., ISBN 978-0- 325- 00832- 5The authors of this text provide new teaching...
Campaign for Artful Resistance: Celebration of the Arts
"Art is my favorite subject in school. I get to use my imagination. I love art." Robert, a third grader, gives voice to a love for learning that is meaningful and makes a large impact on his life. Countless numbers of students at all levels of education...
Developing Individual Talent and Abilities: An Interview with Sir Ken Robinson
Language Arts staff"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."-Sir Ken Robinson, How Schools Kill Creativity(https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_ says_schools_kill_creativity)Language Arts had the opportunity...
Locomotive
Locomotive Written and illustrated by Brian Floca Atheneum, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 416-99415-2A poetic yet information-rich tale of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States, Locomotive not only provides important details about the...
Narrative and Multimodality in English Language Arts Curricula: A Tale of Two Nations
In this policy column, we focus on print and multimodal narrative, observing congruities and divergences between the role of narrative in English language arts curriculum policies in the elementary years in the US and Australia. Mul- timodality is defined...
Parrots over Puerto Rico
Parrots over Puerto Rico Written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore Illustrated by Susan L. Roth Lee & Low, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 62014-004-8The bright blue and glowing green feathers of Puerto Rican parrots dazzle the reader on almost every...
Picture This: A Simple Paradigm Shift
The wealth of quality picturebooks available today reminds us of the natural marriage between text and image. Sometimes the illustrations convey mean- ing beyond the written text; sometimes the text conveys meaning beyond the illustrations; almost always...
Quiet Echoes from the Heart: Joyce Sidman and Her Poetry
This feature article highlights the poetry of Joyce Sidman, recipient of the 2013 NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award.Joyce Sidman's poetry (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, 2010) envisions the maj- esty of often-overlooked creatures...
Scaly, Spotted, Feathered, Frilled: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like?
Scaly, Spotted, Feathered, Frilled: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like? Written by Catherine Thimmesh Houghton Mifflin, 2013, 64 pp., ISBN 978-0- 54799- 134- 4We have all seen pictures of dinosaurs, but how do we know what creatures that...
The Art of Learning to Be Critically Literate 1
Every now and then, we really do have breakthroughs in our understanding of literacy and literacy learning. Two of the more recent insights are "multiple literacies" and "literacy as social practice." Instead of one literacy, there are multiple literacies...
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos Written by Deborah Heiligman Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Roaring Brook Press, 2013, 44 pp., ISBN 978-1-59643-307-6Paul's fascination with numbers began as a very young child as he counted the days...
The Function of Art Is to Make People See
"If we're free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running away from it."(Austin Kleon, 2012, p. 8).As we write this editorial, the summer is...
The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy through Art, Grades K-6
The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy through Art, Grades K- 6 by Beth Olshansky, Jossey- Bass, 2008, 230 pp., ISBN 978- 0- 7879- 9667- 3Writing used to be hard for me, but now it is easy. All I have to do is look at each picture (I made)...
Time and Space for Teachers to Explore Literacy through the Arts
There were mixed responses from graduate stu- dents in our respective Reading and Language Arts classes as they reacted to assignments designed to engage them in multimodal literacy experiences. I'm not good at drawing. Aren't art teachers sup- posed...
Transforming Teaching and Learning with Active and Dramatic Approaches: Engaging Students across the Curriculum
Transforming Teaching and Learning with Active and Dramatic Approaches: Engaging Students across the Curriculum by Brian Edmiston, Taylor & Francis, 2013, 368 pp., ISBN 978-0- 415- 53101- 6Teachers often look to find more creative and novel ways...
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