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Peters, Scott Ryan – English in Texas, 1995
Presents a 25-item annotated bibliography of journal articles (published between 1991 and 1994) describing writing and research exercises and approaches for helping students becomes aware of their own families and others. (TB)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Characteristics, Foreign Students
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Bobo, Gay L. – English in Texas, 1995
Explains how a teacher used tape--pieces hanging from her hair, her desk, and student desks--to help students remember some of the principles of writing represented in the acronym TAPE: topic, audience, purpose, and elaboration. (TB)
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Secondary Education, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
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Kurth, Suzanne – English in Texas, 1995
Describes a writing assignment based on a teacher-created scenario in which students discover a box (when visiting their grandmother's sister) containing a number of strange items including a written proposal for marriage. (TB)
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Lesson Plans, Secondary Education, Writing Assignments
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Elliott, Wanda – English in Texas, 1995
Suggests that special education students do well in writing process classrooms that use a variety of approaches, such as cooperative learning, reciprocal learning, and multisensory teaching. Views the writing process classroom as a place where teachers and students respect different learning styles. (TB)
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Cognitive Style, Cooperative Learning, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
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Johnson, Jan – English in Texas, 1995
Explains how a teacher uses the acronym SOAR (Sentences Organized and Revised) as the core of a game designed to motivate a class to revise their work through the promise of popcorn, free time, or snacks for their revision work. Describes a worksheet that forces students to pay attention to various parts of their paper. (TB)
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Revision (Written Composition), Secondary Education, Student Attitudes
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De La Garza, Alejandra – English in Texas, 1995
Advocates the teaching of spelling in secondary schools through record keeping of student spelling errors and minilessons based on these errors. (TB)
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Secondary Education, Spelling, Spelling Instruction
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Whitehouse, Ann M. – English in Texas, 1994
Suggests that the key to making research writing something students are eager to learn is the instructor's enthusiasm and skill in gathering irresistible ideas and prompts to pique students' curiosity. Presents seven steps to help students write research papers. (RS)
Descriptors: Research Papers (Students), Secondary Education, Writing Assignments, Writing Instruction
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Tower, Suzanne – English in Texas, 1994
Describes a teacher's efforts to adjust teaching a new grade level (her third in three years) and to teaching the process approach to writing. Discusses how her department head assisted her in adjusting to the change and pursuing inservice teacher education opportunities. (RS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Process Approach (Writing), Teacher Administrator Relationship
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Hodges, Elizabeth – English in Texas, 1994
Offers two case studies which demonstrate gaps between teacher's and students' understandings and valuing of writing and revision. Argues that the more specific teacher's comments are, the more likely that students see immediately what revisions need to be made; and the narrower the conceptual boundaries of the comments, the more likely students…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Higher Education, Revision (Written Composition), Student Attitudes
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Stetson, Maura – English in Texas, 1994
Argues that, difficult though it is to learn, revision is one of the most important components in helping students to perceive themselves as writers. Offers several teaching strategies for fostering revision. (SR)
Descriptors: Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Revision (Written Composition), Student Attitudes
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Jackman, Mary Kathryn – English in Texas, 1994
Discusses the dilemma of how to respond to student papers advancing morally repugnant positions. Advocates conceptualizing writing as an ethical act and connecting ethics and revision. Describes briefly how three such student papers were handled. (SR)
Descriptors: Bias, Ethical Instruction, Higher Education, Revision (Written Composition)
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O'Neal, Lydia – English in Texas, 1994
Describes using the newspaper with seventh-grade English students to teach real-life reading and writing skills as well as the essential elements on the TAAS (an exit exam). (SR)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Grade 7, Junior High Schools, Newspapers
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Rehberger, Dean – English in Texas, 1994
Discusses different ways authority is defined and understood both in the classroom and in the various programs designed to improve student writing. Argues that bringing tutors into the classroom forces teachers to reanalyze their thinking about authority through their interactions with students. (SR)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Peer Teaching, Power Structure, Teacher Student Relationship
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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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Tobias, Anne – English in Texas, 1988
One of the most effective vehicles for testing students is new material, but it is frequently difficult to find selections by authors with whom students have no familiarity or about whom an abundance of critical material does not exist. The works of Lawrence Ferlinghetti provide an excellent source not only for testing knowledge, but also for…
Descriptors: Authors, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Figurative Language
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