Language Arts

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 6, July

Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics
Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics Edited by Chris Duffy First Second, 2014, 144 pp., ISBN 978-1-62672-065-7This poetry anthology shows the horrible, yet honest side of the Great War-World War I. In a combination of comics, poetry,...
Ashley Bryan's Puppets
Ashley Bryan's Puppets Written by Ashley Bryan Photographs edited by Rich Entel Atheneum, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-14424-8728-4When Ashley Bryan was a child, he walked the sidewalks of New York City with his sister, and they found cast-off items they...
Creating Critical Classrooms: Reading and Writing with an Edge (2Nd Ed.)
Creating Critical Classrooms: Reading and Writing with an Edge (2nd ed.). by Mitzi Lewison, Christine Leland, and Jerome C. Harste, New York, NY: Routledge, 2014, 322 pp., ISBN 978-0- 415- 73773- 9Lewison, Leland, and Harste discuss critical literacy...
Doing What You Can: Considering Ways to Address LgBT Topics in Language Arts Curricula
When we tell our preservice teacher students from conservative areas of the Midwest and rural South, respectively, that they can and should address lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) topics in their elementary and middle school language...
Fostering Culturally Relevant Literacy Instruction: Lessons from a Native Hawaiian Classroom
It is a bright, sunny morning in Mrs. Akaka's second-grade classroom in Honolulu. Sprawled out on the classroom floor, twenty Native Hawaiian students are working on their genealogy projects. The children chatter excitedly as they sort through and arrange...
Hello, I'm Johnny Cash
Hello, I'm Johnny Cash Written by G. Neri Illustrated by A. G. Ford Candlewick, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-07636-6245-5In a profoundly meaningful tribute, Neri captures the humanity of Johnny Cash in a series of intensely gripping, but easily accessible,...
How I Discovered Poetry
How I Discovered Poetry Written by Marilyn Nelson Illustrated by Hadley Hooper Dial, 2014, 103 pp., ISBN 978-0-8037-3304-6"I'm the new girl in Dick and Jane country,/ the other children faceless as grown-ups" (p. 10). Marilyn Nelson crafts a compelling...
Learning for Real: Teaching Content and Literacy across the Curriculum
Learning for Real: Teaching Content and Literacy across the Curriculum by Heidi Mills, Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2014, 160 pp., ISBN 978- 0- 325- 04603- 7Heidi Mills and Tim O' Keefe received the 2014 Outstanding Educator in Language Arts Award from...
Multimodal Literacy: From Theories to Practices
The visual images and multimodal texts we encounter in our daily lives are complicit in how we make sense of the world and our emerging identities. We rely on visual data to decide what foods to buy, to find our way around unknown places, to determine...
Nonfiction Writing Power: Teaching Information Writing with Intent and Purpose
Nonfiction Writing Power: Teaching Information Writing with Intent and Purpose by Adrienne Gear, Ontario, Canada: Pembroke Publishers Limited, 2014, 184 pp., ISBN 078-1- 55138- 293-7"We write to invite thinking" (p. 8). In this latest addition to her...
Ode to a Commode: Concrete Poems
Ode to a Commode: Concrete Poems Written by Brian P. Cleary Illustrated by Andy Rowland Millbrook, 2014, 32 pp., ISBN 978-1- 4677- 2045- 8In this accessible introduction to concrete poetry, Cleary concisely lays out the basics of this word-art form,...
On the Wing
On the Wing Written by David Elliott Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander Candlewick, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-7636-5324-8Children of all ages, especially budding birders, will find these poems informative and interesting. The featured feathered friends...
Participatory Action Research, Youth Voices, and Civic Engagement
In what follows, we explore the question of what happens when teachers and students become researchers and the focus of inquiry is student generated and specific to students' day-to-day lives. We do this by discussing two projects in two separate after-school...
Pivots
This could be a pivotal moment in US education. As we write, our policymakers are discussing what to do as they put to rest the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and construct a new federal law to oversee K-12 education....
Reading Lessons from Martin: A Case Study of One African American Student
Reading educators have been surprisingly silent on what diversity means in terms of helping children learn to read. In this article, I address how being African American may have affected Martin's (pseudonym) experiences with learning to read. Cultural...
Reading Poverty in America
Reading Poverty in America by Patrick Shannon, New York, NY: Routledge, 2014, 154 pp., ISBN 978-0-415-72273-5In the United States, 2.8 million children are members of 1.46 million families who live on less than $2 a day. To provide some perspective on...
Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole
Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole Written by Bob Raczka Illustrated by Chuck Groenink Carolrhoda, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 4677- 1805- 9"Santa is a man of many talents. He's a toymaker, a reindeer trainer, a sleigh pilot, and a world traveler....
Technology & Critical Literacy in Early Childhood
Technology & Critical Literacy in Early Childhood by Vivian Maria Vasquez and Carol Branigan Felderman, New York, NY: Routledge, 2012, 128 pp., ISBN 978-0- 415- 53950- 0In scope, Technology and Critical Literacy in Early Childhood highlights the...
The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing
The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing by Ruth Culham, Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2014, 204 pp., ISBN 978-0872070998In K-12 classrooms across all content areas, there is a renewed interest in writing as...
Voices from the March on Washington
Voices from the March on Washington Written by J. Patrick Lewis and George Ella Lyon Wordsong, 2014, 114 pp., ISBN 978-1-62091-785-5Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and renowned poet George Ella Lyon collaborate for a fictionalized account of one of the...
Water Can Be . .
Water Can Be . . . Written by Laura Purdie Salas Illustrated by Violeta Dabija Millbrook, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-4677-0591-2Salas captures the reader from the start with her tantalizing partial-sentence title. One cannot help but think, "Water can...
Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold
Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold Written by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Rick Allen Harcourt Houghton Mifflin, 2014, 32 pp., ISBN 978-0- 547- 90650- 8This distinguished collection features 12 poems about cold weather. There are poems about animals...
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