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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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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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Kennedy, Diana – English in Texas, 1994
Describes an interdisciplinary unit (in which students solve a crime) to begin the school year for seventh graders. Suggests that the unit serves to introduce students to science, math, social studies, and English courses while they get acquainted with the people and places in a large junior high school. (SR)
Descriptors: Grade 7, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High Schools, School Orientation
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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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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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Franz, Amelia Fortenberry – English in Texas, 1995
Describes using nonfiction (primarily newspaper and magazine articles) with a seventh-grade reading improvement class to elicit political response in adolescent readers and to lead students to respond to writing with moral or emotional complexity. (SR)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Grade 7, Junior High Schools, Nonfiction
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Wagner-Mendez, Constance – English in Texas, 1994
Describes multicultural units of study that sensitize junior high school English students to other individuals of diverse backgrounds. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Differences, English Instruction, Junior High Schools
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Schaffner, Laurie C. – English in Texas, 1995
Describes a project for 7th graders that involves English and Texas history classes, and that includes 19th-century Texas history, several types of writing, and a great deal of creativity. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, English Instruction, Grade 7, Junior High Schools