Issue Theme: Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation: Showcasing the “A” in English Language Arts


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English Journal
Volume 105, Number 5, May 2016

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From the Editors
Toby Emert, Katherine Macro, and Pauline Skowron Schmidt, with Julie Gorlewski and David Gorlewski

High School Matters: Steal like a Teacher: NCTE and Professional Growth
Tara Seale and Dan Bruno
Abstract: Members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee comment on topics of importance to English language arts educators.

Telling Unexpected Stories: Students as Multimodal Artists
Robin Jocius
Abstract: This piece explores the possibilities (and complexities) of multimodal composition, using examples from a project in which fifth-grade students used digital media to create unexpected stories about their communities.

Invoking Viola Spolin: Improvisational Theater, Side-Coaching, and Leading Discussion
Lisa M. Barker
Abstract: The author describes how the central principles of improvisational theater align with the facilitation of whole-class discussion, and how Viola Spolin’s framework for “sidecoaching”—the instructional practice of providing immediate, public, verbal feedback during a rehearsal—can inform discussion leadership.

Beyond Enhancement: Teaching English through Musical Arts Integration
Christian Z. Goering and Nathan Strayhorn
Abstract: This article details the experiences of two teachers attempting to move music-enhanced English curriculum—using music to teach—to a music-integration approach to teaching—students creating music and advancing their knowledge in English.

Moving Interpretations: Using Drama-Based Arts Strategies to Deepen Learning about The Diary of a Young Girl
James S. Chisholm, Kathryn F. Whitmore, Ashley L. Shelton, and Irina V. McGrath
Abstract: Three drama-based arts strategies enhanced middle grades teachers’ and students’ engagement with Anne Frank’s diary and historical circumstances.

Saying “Yes, and” to Collaborative Prewriting: How Improvisational Theater Ignites Creativity and Discovery in Student Writing
Lauren Esposito
Abstract: Strategies and techniques inspired by improvisational theater provide student writers with a framework for generating new ideas, entering into new conversations, and gaining new perspectives.

Textual Intervention and Film Literacy
Johanna Schmertz
Abstract: This piece introduces methods—textual interventions—for teaching close reading through film literacy. Editing is the mechanism that creates meaning out of moving images. To unlock a film’s visual “secrets,” we must break the sequences of editing; move its hinges; reread and revise the cut.

Composing Screenplays: Youth in Detention Centers as Creative Meaning-Makers
Kristine E. Pytash
Abstract: This article draws on the experiences of two young adults, Sean and Jerome, who participated in a writing workshop at a juvenile detention center. They composed screenplays to explore how writing could call on their unique perspectives and life experiences to amplify their beliefs.

I Am/You See: Traversing Literacies from Page to Screen to Body
Julie Rust and Sarah Ballard
Abstract: Students incorporate artful stories of self across three different spaces and platforms: the page (writing), the screen (digital storytelling), and the body (Image Theater).

Bringing Edward Hopper’s Paintings into the English Language Arts Classroom
Karen Moynihan
Abstract: This article presents ways to incorporate the works of artist Edward Hopper in the ELA secondary classroom. Students analyze Hopper’s paintings as a text and create their own responses in the form of poetry, short story, photography, and other visual media.

Writing from La Panza! Exploring Monologue Literacies with Emergent Bilinguals
Cati V. de los Ríos
Abstract: In this piece, the author discusses how The Panza Monologues was used in a high school Chican@/Latin@ Literature class to spark critical thinking and multilingual monologue writing around emergent bilingual students’ lived experiences.

Poem: Close Reading
Sally Ventura

Poem: Reading Emily
Richard Schiffman

Poem: how to write a poem about bukowski
bill eldridge

Poem: On Reading Rachel McKibbens’s Poem “Let’s Crawl into That Photograph and Stay There for a While” with My Freshmen
Suzanne Langlois

Book Reviews
Rachelle Savitz; Amy Baird

Lingua Anglia: Bridging Language and Learners: As They See Themselves: Funds of Literate Identity and Multilingual Students
Pamela J. Hickey and Tarie Lewis
Abstract: “Lingua Anglia: Bridging Language and Learners” discusses critical, transformative, and powerful ways to support students’ acquisition of Standard English.

Speaking Truth to Power: Blogging as Virtual Resistance: Teachers’ Critique of Educational Policy
Kiersten Greene
Abstract: "Speaking Truth to Power" seeks to explore the experiences and possibilities that arise when educators speak Truth to power.

Under Discussion: Teaching Speaking and Listening Reading: Closely and Discussing Meaningfully
Lauren Zucker
Abstract: This column seeks to provide a forum in which we can lean on each other to investigate and improve the quality of our classroom discussion leadership.

Soft(a)ware in the English Classroom: Letters to the Machine: Why Computer Programming Belongs in the English Classroom
Tom Liam Lynch
Abstract: “Soft(a)ware in the English Classroom” seeks to identify the ways in which our teaching and learning lives are influenced by software.

Carpe Librum: Seize the (YA) Book: The Power of Nonfiction: Literary Nonfiction for Young Adults
Aimee A. Rogers
Abstract: This column serves as a space dedicated to conversation about Young Adult Literature and to celebrate adolescents, their reading, and their experiences by reviewing the texts that engage them.