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. 37, No. 2, 2001

Annie Pitts, Burger Kid
Sitting down to discuss our selection of books to be reviewed in this column, we discussed the interesting and common reviewer status in which we found ourselves: that we were adults in the process of reviewing books written for children. While much...
Bartleby of the Mighty Mississippi
Bartleby of the Mighty Mississippi Written by Phyllis Shalant Illustrator: Anna Vojtech 164 pages Book Reviewers: Timothy Bushey and Jacob Putnam Jim, Bartleby, Davy, and Mom are the four main characters in this new book. Bartleby is a turtle but the...
Do Intensive Phonics Programs Help Struggling Readers?
The purpose of this paper is to examine the reading and writing behaviors of nine students who received training in the Spire Phonics Program (Clark-Edmonds, 1975) in their respective schools during the 1999-2000 school year and subsequently participated...
Editor's Page
Dear Reader, Springtime in New England! The vegetation goddess has returned to shower the land with blooming flowers, budding plants, and gracious green grass. We welcome this miracle of growth and vitality with renewed vigor, revitalized after a winter...
Edits and Credits
In 1995, after nine years editing the NERA Journal, Don Landry handed me a red pencil and ink eraser and wished me luck as new Editor of New England's premier journal for reading and language arts. Fortunately, the pencil and eraser collected dust as...
Myths, Storytelling, and Grouping: Literacy for the 21st Century
This is another diverse collection of what I hope you consider to be interesting texts for professional development. Variety seems to be inherent in this collection, as each book offers good information on topics of concern to literacy educators: balanced...
Using Digital Video to Teach Reading and Language Arts
As media systems enter our consciousness at breathtaking speeds, one innovation after another becomes "the standard, state-of-theart gizmo" only to be supplanted by bigger, better, and often cheaper technologies, seemingly in the blink of an eye. While...
Writing across the Curriculum: A Simple Approach to Correcting
Nearing the completion of a three-year language arts project, two junior high English teachers and I (a junior high alternative education teacher) were preparing to submit our final team project. At the same time, our school principal was looking to...