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Lindsey, Ron, Ed. – English in Texas, 1975
This issue focuses on values-clarification techniques for the elementary and secondary school classroom. A variety of articles provides general discussions of values clarification, as well as specific classroom activities related to literature, composition, and discussion. A selected list of books related to values clarification is included. (AA)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction
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Harris, Pamela S. – English in Texas, 1995
Encourages teachers to interact with students and students to interact with each other to facilitate cultural awareness and respect for differences. Proposes a number of classroom activities, such as "how to" presentations, studies of cultural folklore, and a puppet show. (TB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education
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Bishop, Kathleen Krueger – English in Texas, 1995
Describes a classroom activity in which students prepare a spot for television, including game shows, commercials, and news programs. Shows how students prepared through prewriting exercises and then conducted their research. (TB)
Descriptors: Advertising, Class Activities, Feature Stories, Games
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Rosen, Sandra – English in Texas, 1995
Shows how the regular reading and discussion of rich literary passages builds a respect and interest among students for imagery. Describes a series of classroom exercises designed to build imagery writing skills. (TB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Creative Writing, Higher Education, Imagery
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Killebrew, Janet – English in Texas, 1994
Describes a seven-day vocabulary building unit for language deficient high school students that revolved around ice cream, fat content of foods, and heart disease. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, High Schools, Limited English Speaking, Second Language Learning
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Pettebone, Judy – English in Texas, 1994
Describes teaching characterization to seventh-graders by using archetypes from genuine fairy tales (not the watered-down Disney versions). Presents sample discussion questions used to aid students in analyzing characterization. Discusses writing assignments associated with the reading and discussion of fairy tales. (RS)
Descriptors: Characterization, Class Activities, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Fairy Tales
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Ohrt, Janice – English in Texas, 1994
Describes using Monday morning journal writing activities to give the teacher an insight into what the weekend has done for students. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Education, Journal Writing, Student Journals
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Pettigrew, Johnnie Chester – English in Texas, 1994
Addresses drama in the early childhood classroom as a useful tool for focusing on many of the current concerns in education including problem solving, integration of curriculum, writing across the curriculum, and authentic assessment. (RS)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Class Activities, Dramatic Play, Early Childhood Education
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Ramirez, Catherine Clark – English in Texas, 1994
Suggests that the telling of vivid stories can help engage elementary students' emotions and increase the chances of fostering an interest in Texas history. Suggests that incorporating elements of the process approach to writing can merge with social studies objectives in creating a curriculum for wisdom. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, History Instruction
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Middlebrooks, Kimberly – English in Texas, 1994
Describes a year spent teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in the elementary classroom using a whole-language approach in a nonthreatening environment with lots of writing and student ownership of text. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Elementary Education, English (Second Language)
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Gifford, Mary S. – English in Texas, 1994
Describes a unit which used storytelling as a vehicle to get eighth-grade students involved in a study of myth, legend, and folktale and which involved cooperative learning groups and oral presentations. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, Folk Culture, Grade 8
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Wyche-Smith, Susan – English in Texas, 1994
Describes the methods and means by which composition teachers can successfully create, train, and maintain writing groups (peer response groups, writing circles, or writing workshops) within the English classroom. (HB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Collaborative Writing
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Blumrich, Ann Nord – English in Texas, 1994
Describes beginning a unit on Shakespeare and his play "Henry V" by showing and discussing in class an episode from the television program "Star Trek: The Next Generation" called "The Defector," which opens with a scene from Henry V and makes allusions to the play throughout the episode. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, English Instruction, High Schools, Language Arts
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Allen, Tracy – English in Texas, 1994
Describes two short lessons on individual objectives (main idea and fact/opinion) to prepare 10th graders for the Spring exit test. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, English Instruction, Grade 10, High Schools
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Guinhawa, Wilhelmina – English in Texas, 1994
Describes an activity in which high school students who are reading "Romeo and Juliet" compile information on major characters and create a collection of cards similar to sports cards, to help them understand each character and that character's motives. (SR)
Descriptors: Characterization, Class Activities, High Schools, Literature Appreciation
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