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Jette, Debra – English in Texas, 1994
Describes how one high school teacher used journal writing and a paper to focus students awareness on prejudice and lack of human compassion in their own school. (SR)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, High School Students, High Schools, Journal Writing
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Bell, Reatta – English in Texas, 1994
Describes a reading/writing relationship between students in different districts and in different grade levels (middle school students and at-risk freshmen) and how it gave meaning and purpose to the activity of reading and writing. (SR)
Descriptors: Books, Helping Relationship, High School Students, Literature Appreciation
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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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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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Ozburn, Mary S. – English in Texas, 1995
Describes a sustained silent reading program in a 9th-grade reading class of 60 students, most of them at-risk students. Finds that, on average, students improved 3.9 grade levels in their reading. (SR)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Grade 9, High Risk Students, High Schools
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Cooper, Allene – English in Texas, 1995
Discusses problems with freshman research paper assignments. Describes how one teacher has adapted cooperative learning techniques to research assignments, allowing students to work together in "base" and "expert" groups. Describes four structured writing assignments on a single subject of general public interest that lends itself to specialized…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Freshman Composition, Higher Education, Research Papers (Students)
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Post, Scott L. – English in Texas, 1995
Argues, from the point of view of an undergraduate engineering student, that making the pass/fail grading system mandatory for college freshman composition students will help them achieve the goal of learning to write. (SR)
Descriptors: Freshman Composition, Grading, Higher Education, Student Evaluation
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Smith, Wanda; Cosmic, Jan – English in Texas, 1995
Describes reading aloud to students in a college remedial English class, arguing that this improves writing ability by helping students learn to "hear" the sounds of the material they are required to read in connection with their writing assignments. Discusses success getting students to revise by requiring rewriting on the computer and by…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Higher Education, Reading Aloud to Others, Remedial Instruction
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Howell, Pamela R. – English in Texas, 1995
Describes how a teacher became converted to thinking about her developmental composition classes as genuine writing classes, classes about learning to express ideas on paper, not classes about error or exercise. Notes that the teacher thinks of her students as composition students first and developmental students second. (SR)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Higher Education, Remedial Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Reed, Carol – English in Texas, 1995
Describes a project in which ninth graders wrote and made children's books for first graders. Describes students' enthusiasm, the interactions between first and ninth graders, and the benefits to all. (SR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cross Age Teaching, Grade 1, Grade 9
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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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Hall, Susan; Tiggeman, Theresa – English in Texas, 1995
Describes how a project initially designed to improve the quality of student writing in an introductory finance class led the teachers, as the project unfolded, to examine their assumptions about learning, shifting their attention from details of English usage to considerations of the context of which students wrote and the mindsets they brought…
Descriptors: Finance Occupations, Higher Education, Learning Processes, 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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Shull, Ellen – English in Texas, 1994
Describes how one English teacher developed an approach to teaching writing that was based on asking students to write memoirs or personal narratives. Presents an amalgam of letters written to a newspaper and to three co-authors of an article published in "The Chronicle of Higher Education" regarding the use of personal writing in freshman…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Freshman Composition
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Kutiper, Karen S.; Wilson, Pat Potter – English in Texas, 1994
Concludes that English language arts teachers can expect several things from library media specialists: (1) the specialists are focusing their efforts beyond making books available; (2) services for both students and teachers focus on the teaching aspect of the specialist's role; and (3) communication through collaboration is the most successful…
Descriptors: English Curriculum, English Instruction, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Libraries
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