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Volume 19, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 1074-4762
  • E-ISSN: 1943-3069


This article synthesizes 15 years of research in middle school classrooms that have started to integrate new literacies into their daily teaching and learning.  Trends of the data suggest there are certain salient characteristics of middle school teachers and students in these grade levels that make such innovations more successful with them than with other grade levels.  The author suggests that the organizational plan of many middle schools may be one of the keys to allowing the integration of new literacies.  A workshop template is offered that would allow innovation to continue even as most schools transition to the new Common Core English Language Arts standards.  This template includes time for conducting mini-lessons; responding to teacher-selected texts and student-selected texts (both page-based and screen-based texts); writing and creating teacher-directed texts and student-directed texts (both page-based and screen-based texts); and time for exhibiting and archiving student work.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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