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. 36, No. 2, 2000

Beneficial Use of Dramatics in the Classroom
All children love to pretend. Why not combine the imaginative world with school learning? This can be accomplished through the use of drama in the classroom situations. Drama can be used with all children, not just those in regular classes. Several articles...
Editor's Page
Dear Reader, T S. Eliot said that April is the cruelest month. What a sad thought! To me, April is freshness and growth, a time of rebirth and new awakening. April, faithful harbinger of springtime, nudges the sleepy earth into a blanket of blossoming...
How Reading Changed My Life
Quindlen,Anna. (1998). HOW READING CHANGED MY LIFE. New York: Ballantine Publishing Group (Library of Contemporary Thought). Entertaining, nostalgic, and personal, Anna Quindlen (author of novels such as the recent and Oprah-selected Black and Blue,...
Literacy and Learning Strategies for Middle and Secondary School Teachers
Allan, Karen K. & Margery S. Miller (2000). LITERACY AND LEARNING STRATEGIES FOR MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. In their excellent book for secondary and middle school content area teachers, Allan and Miller, well-known...
Portfolio and Performance Assessment Helping Students Evaluate Their Progress as Readers and Writers
Farr, Roger & Bruce Tone. (1998). PORTFOLIO AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT HELPING STUDENTS EVALUATE THEIR PROGRESS AS READERS AND WRITERS (2nd edition). Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Pulishers. Although the title implies a wide audience, this text...
Spotlight on Three New England Teachers
As new technologies quickly come into play, it becomes increasingly difficult for published research to keep pace in evaluating their usefulness for literacy and learning (Kamil & Lane, 1998) . Leu, Karchmer & Leu (1999) argue that the evaluation...
The Last Dialogue
Please Respond -Write Now! There is such permanence to writing. This phrase reminds me of when I was a teenager and my mother used to tell me never to write anything that could hurt someone, such as an unkind word. "Once you write it down, you can't...
The Three Sillies
Kellogg, Steven: The Three Sillies. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1999. ISBN 0-7636-0811-4. The inspiration for the retelling of The Three Sillies came from Joseph Jacobs' classic English Fairy Tales. In this brand new version Kellogg's slapstick...