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Call for Submissions (due October 1, 2014)

Statement is published two times a year and is one of the benefits of being a member of the Colorado Language Arts Society. The mission of Statement is to advance the teaching and learning of English Language Arts in Colorado.

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Call for Submissions (due October 1, 2014)

Statement is published two times a year and is one of the benefits of being a member of the Colorado Language Arts Society. The mission of Statement is to advance the teaching and learning of English Language Arts in Colorado.

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Student Artwork by Lórien MacEnulty

Cover art. “The Chief”             “Schindler’s Coat”      

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Student Artwork by Lórien MacEnulty

Cover art. “The Chief”             “Schindler’s Coat”      

Free writing

Student Artwork by Jane Strode

When asked to think about what effective education looks like, 5th grader Jane Strode drew this depiction of free writing time in the classroom.  

Free writing

Student Artwork by Jane Strode

When asked to think about what effective education looks like, 5th grader Jane Strode drew this depiction of free writing time in the classroom.  

Before the Bell: A Thank You to Mrs. Nitz by Timothy Hillmer

Dear Mrs. Nitz, The first time I ever experienced “going deep” as a writer happened when I was in your high school classroom in 1975 in Edwardsville, Illinois. It was the mid-1970’s and disco still ruled, but Bruce Springsteen was

Before the Bell: A Thank You to Mrs. Nitz by Timothy Hillmer

Dear Mrs. Nitz, The first time I ever experienced “going deep” as a writer happened when I was in your high school classroom in 1975 in Edwardsville, Illinois. It was the mid-1970’s and disco still ruled, but Bruce Springsteen was

Ballad of the First Year English Teacher by Ben Pruitt

The first day of school was nigh, The hot summer had whizzed right by. And though he felt fresh and inspired, his heart a smolder, The young English teacher was untested, having just finished his training at the Legendary Teaching

Ballad of the First Year English Teacher by Ben Pruitt

The first day of school was nigh, The hot summer had whizzed right by. And though he felt fresh and inspired, his heart a smolder, The young English teacher was untested, having just finished his training at the Legendary Teaching

Poetry by Amanda Cherry

“Lessons From Within” An inside-out tickler, Your peanut-sized fingers Graze the nest that is my belly From within. Your midnight hello Leaves me aching, urging, longing For just one more Gaspy, popcorn, bubble-bubble, flutter. I talk to you out loud.

Poetry by Amanda Cherry

“Lessons From Within” An inside-out tickler, Your peanut-sized fingers Graze the nest that is my belly From within. Your midnight hello Leaves me aching, urging, longing For just one more Gaspy, popcorn, bubble-bubble, flutter. I talk to you out loud.

The Day I Saw a Bear by Reid Lewis

Adrenaline pumping, wheels screeching, this is what I heard as I tried hopelessly to stop before hitting the massive creature in front of me. It was bear vs. bike, and the bike had no chance of winning in a head-on

The Day I Saw a Bear by Reid Lewis

Adrenaline pumping, wheels screeching, this is what I heard as I tried hopelessly to stop before hitting the massive creature in front of me. It was bear vs. bike, and the bike had no chance of winning in a head-on

Encouraging Higher Order Thinking and Reading Comprehension Through Questioning by Stacey J. Fisher, Renee Rice Moran, Amanda Bitner, and Edward J. Dwyer

Vignette Ms. Jones’ sixth graders filed in from lunch and took a seat in their desks. As the students got settled, Ms. Jones grabbed a book from the classroom library and began to read for the school’s class-wide required reading

Encouraging Higher Order Thinking and Reading Comprehension Through Questioning by Stacey J. Fisher, Renee Rice Moran, Amanda Bitner, and Edward J. Dwyer

Vignette Ms. Jones’ sixth graders filed in from lunch and took a seat in their desks. As the students got settled, Ms. Jones grabbed a book from the classroom library and began to read for the school’s class-wide required reading

Audio Books: Liberating the Read Aloud by Stephen Axtell

On a dreary Monday morning in college, I got out of my car and began the long walk to class. It was the unholy hour of eight in the morning, and I couldn’t face the prospect of reading one more

Audio Books: Liberating the Read Aloud by Stephen Axtell

On a dreary Monday morning in college, I got out of my car and began the long walk to class. It was the unholy hour of eight in the morning, and I couldn’t face the prospect of reading one more

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Teen Literature Conference by Owyn Cooper

I enter the room where the podcast interviews go. I meet with Amy, a librarian from the Denver Public Library, the tech guy Luis, another librarian Becker, the winner interviewing A.S. (David,) the winner interviewing David Levithan (Max,) and the

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Teen Literature Conference by Owyn Cooper

I enter the room where the podcast interviews go. I meet with Amy, a librarian from the Denver Public Library, the tech guy Luis, another librarian Becker, the winner interviewing A.S. (David,) the winner interviewing David Levithan (Max,) and the

Book Alikes: Based on the Works of David Levithan by Jessi Barrientos

David Levithan Colorado Teen Literature Conference Keynote Speaker David Levithan finds it downright baffling to write about himself, which is why he’s considering it somewhat cruel and usual to have to write this brief bio. The factual approach (born ’72,

Book Alikes: Based on the Works of David Levithan by Jessi Barrientos

David Levithan Colorado Teen Literature Conference Keynote Speaker David Levithan finds it downright baffling to write about himself, which is why he’s considering it somewhat cruel and usual to have to write this brief bio. The factual approach (born ’72,

Book Alikes: Based on the Works of A.S. King by Jessi Barrientos

A.S. King Colorado Teen Literature Conference Keynote Speaker A.S. King is the award-winning author of young adult books including highly acclaimed Reality Boy, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, Everybody Sees the Ants, 2011 Michael

Book Alikes: Based on the Works of A.S. King by Jessi Barrientos

A.S. King Colorado Teen Literature Conference Keynote Speaker A.S. King is the award-winning author of young adult books including highly acclaimed Reality Boy, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, Everybody Sees the Ants, 2011 Michael

Trends in YAL: Graphic Novels by Jill Adams

We have all heard the phrase, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” But is it really? Wouldn’t the image have to be a truly unique and amazing in order to garner such acclaim? And what about other pictures – are

Trends in YAL: Graphic Novels by Jill Adams

We have all heard the phrase, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” But is it really? Wouldn’t the image have to be a truly unique and amazing in order to garner such acclaim? And what about other pictures – are

A Conversation Between Three Literacy Educators with Jessica Cuthbertson, Vince Puzick, and Jonathan Wright

From the editor: Here I present a conversation between three literacy educators with particular expertise toward our state’s efforts toward teacher effectiveness. As explained in the previous issues of Statement, inspiration for this regular feature came from a conversation on

A Conversation Between Three Literacy Educators with Jessica Cuthbertson, Vince Puzick, and Jonathan Wright

From the editor: Here I present a conversation between three literacy educators with particular expertise toward our state’s efforts toward teacher effectiveness. As explained in the previous issues of Statement, inspiration for this regular feature came from a conversation on

ELA in the 21st Century Dear Teacher: What It Means To Teach Writing Effectively by Philippe Ernewein

When I think about how writing was taught to me in elementary, middle school and high school, the entire experience seems to fit in the non-example category of the Frayer Model (see opposite page). The Frayer Model, created by Dr.

ELA in the 21st Century Dear Teacher: What It Means To Teach Writing Effectively by Philippe Ernewein

When I think about how writing was taught to me in elementary, middle school and high school, the entire experience seems to fit in the non-example category of the Frayer Model (see opposite page). The Frayer Model, created by Dr.

The Best Writing Teachers Are Writers Themselves by Cindy O’Donnell-Allen

It takes more than a good grasp of grammar to teach students the true power of the written word. I was a closet writer from an early age. In the second grade I wrote a poem for my classmate Patrick

The Best Writing Teachers Are Writers Themselves by Cindy O’Donnell-Allen

It takes more than a good grasp of grammar to teach students the true power of the written word. I was a closet writer from an early age. In the second grade I wrote a poem for my classmate Patrick

What Can a Teacher Learn from an Effective Brewer? by Tommy Buteau

Before I became a teacher, I worked in a couple of different fields that were effectiveness oriented, so I learned a few things about measuring it. The intricacies of an effective process were my focus while working at the New

What Can a Teacher Learn from an Effective Brewer? by Tommy Buteau

Before I became a teacher, I worked in a couple of different fields that were effectiveness oriented, so I learned a few things about measuring it. The intricacies of an effective process were my focus while working at the New

Middle Level ELA: Prove Yourself by Meredith Collins

Evaluations in the world of teaching are changing yet again leaving a lot of teachers wondering what they need to do to prove themselves effective. Senate Bill 10-191 has even defined “effectiveness” – wanting all teachers evaluated every year for

Middle Level ELA: Prove Yourself by Meredith Collins

Evaluations in the world of teaching are changing yet again leaving a lot of teachers wondering what they need to do to prove themselves effective. Senate Bill 10-191 has even defined “effectiveness” – wanting all teachers evaluated every year for

Some Sixty Years Later by Bill McBride

Last October at the fall CLAS conference, as I listened to presenters and talked with colleagues, I was struck by how much education has changed over 6+ decades and how much it has remained the same. In all of the

Some Sixty Years Later by Bill McBride

Last October at the fall CLAS conference, as I listened to presenters and talked with colleagues, I was struck by how much education has changed over 6+ decades and how much it has remained the same. In all of the