Language Arts

Articles from Vol. 96, No. 1, September

Creating and Using Educational Media with a Cultural Perspective of Deaf People
Media can play a significant role in influencing perceptions of viewers, including underrepresented and marginalized groups such as Deaf people. Historically, Deaf characters in media have been stereotyped as lonely, isolated, angry, and/or needing to...
Exploring Youth, Race, and Popular Culture: A Critical Dialogue with Jabari Mahiri
This issue of Language Arts features a critical dialogue with Dr. Jabari Mahiri on how to incorporate popular culture in the classroom as curricular and pedagogical practices that center and build upon the lived experiences and knowledge production of...
From Superman Play to Singing the Blues: On the Trail of Child Writing and Popular Culture
Superman said, "Don't worry. I gotcha." The lady said, "Iknow you got me, but who's got you?"-Five-year-old Ashley drawing and telling a Superman story (Dyson, 1981)Almost 40 years ago now, I met Ashley (all names are pseudonyms) at a kindergarten writing...
Impact! Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World
Impact! Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World (Scientists in the Field series) Written by Elizabeth Rusch Photographs by Karin Anderson Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017, 80 pp., ISBN 978-0-544-67159-1"No aliens sprang from the hole, but the locals...
"It's like Playing, but Learning": Supporting Early Literacy through Responsive Play with Wordless Picturebooks
Noah, Cody, and Tuan (pseudonyms) sit beside each other on the rug near the front of the classroom reading Thunderstorm, a wordless picturebook by Arthur Geisert (2013). This story portrays a farm at different stages during a destructive storm.Cody:...
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest, Episode 5: Mission Star-Power
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest, Episode 5: Mission Star-Power (Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest series) Written by Marti Dumas Illustrated by Stephanie Parcus Plum Street Press, 2017, 79 pp., ISBN 978-1-943-16927-6The fifth book in the Jaden Toussaint series...
Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever! (Probably)
Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever! (Probably) (Snappsy the Alligator series) Written by Julie Falatko Illustrated by Tim Miller Viking, 2017, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-425-28865-8Fans of the critically acclaimed picturebook Snappsy the Alligator...
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust series) Written by Philip Pullman Knopf, 2017, 464 pp, ISBN 978-0-375-81530-0Middle-grade fans of the His Dark Materials trilogy and those who have yet to read it can equally lose themselves in this...
The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate
The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate (The Princess in Black series) Written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Candlewick, 2017, 96 pp., ISBN 978-0-7636-8826-4"DRESS-UP SLAM! PLAYTIME ROMP! KARAOKE JAM! SNACK-TIME STOMP!"...
The Stuff That Heroes Are Made Of: Elastic, Sticky, Messy Literacies in Children's Transmedial Cultures
Zack has bright blue eyes, blonde hair, and rosy cheeks. He is the kind of child who lingers for a few minutes after the recess bell chimes to finish things off, put things away, and have a chat about his day with adults in the room. When the children's...
Using Augmented and Virtual Reality in the Language Arts Curriculum
A seven-year old girl, Jade, is taking part in a virtual reality maker-space workshop in a primary school in Sheffield, run as part of a project called Makerspaces in the Early Years: Enhancing Digital Literacy and Creativity (MakEY).1 Drawing on her...
Waylon! Even More Awesome
Waylon! Even More Awesome (Waylon! series) Written by Sara Pennypacker Illustrated by Marla Frazee Hyperion, 2017, 208 pp., ISBN 978-1-484-70153-9Just when you thought it couldn't get more awesome, the second title in Sara Pennypacker's new series comes...
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