New England Reading Association Journal

Peer-reviewed journal provides articles, interviews, essays, and research reports of interest to educators. Issues investigated include literacy, classroom practice, and assessment.

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 2, 2010

Building Comprehension for Reading Novels: The Prereading-Schema Building Process
Anderson (2005) speaks to the woes of being expected to comprehend a challenging book with no scaffolding by the teacher.My eighth-grade English teacher assigned the class to read Ivanhoe (Scott), a book with a medieval setting first published in 1820....
Building Conscious Competence: Reading Our Students, Sharing Our Practice
When I first began teaching middle school students in the early 1990s, it took at least three years and multiple readings of Nancie Atwell's (1987) In the Middle for me to finally muster the courage to change my classroom culture to one of a reading...
Engaging Students with Global Literature: The 2009 Notable Books for a Global Society
Most reading experts, teachers, and tutors (i.e., Guthrie, 2008; Guthrie Sc Hoa, et al., 2006; Guthrie Sc Wigfield, et al., 2004; Lesley, 2009; Richards Sc Lassonde, 2009) would agree that finding books that engage readers is one of the keys to reading...
Engaging the Disengaged Reader
Many struggling readers soon become disengaged readers. They think they don't have the ability to succeed. They frequently give up to avoid unpleasant tasks. Teachers can work on developing in these students a sense of efficacy and to motivate and encourage...
Graphic Novels: Composing with Sequential Art in High School English and History
Think of the French Revolution and it's not likely that innovation immediately leaps to mind. In all likelihood, a rummage through the box labeled "World History" in your metaphorical attic of memories might yield some stuff about guillotines and uprisings....
In Teachers and Students We Trust: Real Education Reform Is a Writer's Workshop
A few years ago I was visiting a school and met a fourth grade teacher who was also the high school football coach. He was a large man who spoke with authority and passion for the rights of kids to read and write with choice. He bravely spoke out against...
Interviews with Ann Turner and Wendell Minor
Ann Warren Turner was born in 1945 in Northampton, MA, has degrees from Bates College and University of Massachusetts, and has primarily been a book writer for her career. Her first book was Vultures in 1973, illustrated by her mother Marion Gray Warren....
Motivating Disengaged Readers through Multicultural Children's Literature
No matter what book teachers give some students, they just don't want to read it. They flip through it, maybe read a few pages, and then just put it aside. It is difficult to arouse their interest and to motivate them. This same sentiment has been echoed...
Motivating Struggling Readers: Three Keys to Success
As spring approached, a small band of pioneers set out on a journey unlike any other they had experienced. It was an exhilarating time as everyone knew this adventure was the culmination of months of planning. Along the way, their journey would test...
Motivating Young Readers: Theory into Practice
We waited nervously in the lobby of the Educational Psychology Clinic of a southern California university to meet our clients for the first time. The clinic, which has been in operation for over thirty years, provides educational and psychological services...
Pygmalion in the Classroom: Motivating Disenfranchised Readers
You most likely are familiar with the story of Eliza Doolittle, the flower girl and main character in the musical My Fair Lady (can you imagine Julie Andrews singing "The Rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain?"). This musical was originally written...
The Art of Motivation: Engaging the Disengaged Readers
TO THIS DAY, I REMEMBER THE FIRST DAY THAT WORDS ON A PAGE HAD MEANING TO ME... MR. FALKER HAD REACHED INTO THE MOST LONELY DARKNESS AND PULLED ME INTO BRIGHT SUNLIGHT AND SAT ME ON A SHOOTING STAR I SHALL NEVER FORGET HIM...THANK YOU, MR. FALKERPatricia...
Video Games for the Disengaged (and Not Only) Students
A few years ago, I was looking to buy a present for my brother but I could not decide what to get him. Instead of taking the risk of choosing something he would not like, I called him to ask point-blank what he had on his wish list. He was financially...
Working Effectively with ELLs: What Public School Teachers Should Know
Lisen, an eight-year-old boy, who came to U.S. with his mother, a visiting scholar in a state university, has stayed in the U.S. for one and a half years. Although Lisen has learned English for two years in China before he came to the U.S., his English...