Volume 14(1):

Reframing Pedagogical Practices and Literacy Research: Teaching to the Future

Academic Articles | Academic Book Reviews | CYAL Book Reviews | Poetry, Fiction, and Visual Arts

“A Steadying Force” by Jerome C. Harste

Editor’s Introduction

Editor’s Introduction: Reframing Pedagogical Practice and Research

Heidi Lyn Hadley

Scholarly Articles

Conference Keynote Articles and Videos

Toward a Theory of the Dark Fantastic: The Role of Racial Difference in Young Adult Speculative Fiction and Media

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Video: The Dark Fantastic featuring Ebony Thomas

Video: Reframing Anti-Bullying Education featuring Little Rock Nine Civil Rights Icon Elizabeth Eckford, Eurydice Stanley, and Grace Stanley

Review of The Worst First Day: Bullied While Desegregating Central High

Written by Elizabeth Eckford with Dr. Eurydice Stanley & Grace Stanley

Artwork by Rachel Gibson & Photography by Will Counts & Kirk Jordan

Student Reviewers: Foxie G. Nuruddin & Pharaoh N. Nuruddin

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Sharon M. Nuruddin


…And a Child Shall Lead Them…

Eurydice Stanley

A Southern White Man’s Lessons on How to Grow Up Racist

Peter Smagorinsky


Research Articles

Teaching for Deep Learning in a Second-Grade Literacy Classroom

Treavor Bogard, Annamary L. Consalvo, Jo Worthy

“We Don’t Wanna Strait-Jacket You”: Community, Curriculum and Critical Literacy in Urban Debate

Susan Cridland-Hughes

What is Adapted in Youth Adaptations?: A Critical Comparative Content Analysis of Military Memoirs Repackaged as Young Adult Literature  

Mark A. Sulzer, Amanda Haertling Thein, Renita R. Schmidt

Interrupting Cultural Deficiency: Illustrating Curricular Benefits of Plurilingualism in a Kenyan Classroom  

David B. Wandera, Marcia Farr

A Different Kind of Sponsorship: The Influence of Graphic Narrative Composing on ELA Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of Writing and Literacy Instruction  

Mike P. Cook, Brandon L. Sams

Voices from the Field

Exploding the Wor(l)d: Using Challenging Texts to Reveal the Metacognitive Conversation with Pre-service Teachers  

Julianna Lopez Kershen

Ready Learner One: Creating An Oasis For Virtual/Online Education  

Csaba Osvath

#Twitter: A Pedagogical Tool in the High School Classroom for Your Consideration

Stephanie Loomis

But She Didn’t Scream: A Framework for Teaching About Sexual Assault In Young Adult Literature

Kathleen C. Colantonio-Yurko, Henry “Cody” Miller, Jennifer Cheveallier


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Academic Book Reviews

The academic book reviews in this issue reflect the broad range of texts bearing relevance to the field of language and literacy education. One overarching theme is the need to explore what lies outside of the norm. Reviewers with diverse backgrounds take on texts focusing on theory, practice, research, and issues of societal justice and equity. Through summary and critique, reviewers bring you their unique perspectives on current literature in the field.

Mariah Copeland Parker, Academic Book Review Editor, jolle.bookrev@gmail.com


Review of Investigating Disciplinary Literacy: A Framework for Collaborative Professional Learning by Christina L. Dobbs, Jacy Ippolito, and Megin Charner-Laird

Lou Tolosa-Casadont, The University of Georgia







Review of Choice and Agency in the Writing Workshop Classroom: Developing Engaged Writers, Grades 4-6 by Fred L. Hamel

Stacia L. Long, The University of Georgia





Review of Language, Culture, and Teaching – Critical Perspectives, 3rd Edition by Sonia Nieto

Sharon Nuruddin, The University of Georgia




 Review of Newsworthy: Cultivating Critical Thinkers, Readers, and Writers in Language Arts Classrooms by  Ed Madison

Kalianne Neumann, The University of Georgia






Children & Young Adult Literature (CYAL) Book Reviews

The Journal of Language and Literacy Education reviews recently published or soon-to-be published childrens and young adult literature. Our hope is to provide a space for student voices to be heard in response to the literature that is written for them. We put special emphasis on our student reviewers thoughts and emotions tied to their reading of these books. We also highlight educator and adult reviews of these books to show their value to educators throughout the country.

For our spotlight this month, we invited the reviewers of Refugee from the Fall 2017 issue to talk with us more about their review process and the importance of publishing.

Stacia L. Long, CYAL Book Review Editor, JoLLE.CYAL@gmail.com



Interview with Nadeen Al Rifaei and Ean Fulks about their experience of writing reading, writing, and publishing in JoLLE together.

Picture Book Reviews 

 Review of Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner & Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Student Reviewer: Bart O’Reilly

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Alexandra L. Berglund






Review of A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino

Student Reviewer: Madelín Eloisa Escamilla

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Maria Cristina Lopez





Review of Why am I Here? by Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen & Illustrated by Akin Duzakin

Student Reviewer: Maya McKay

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Katie McKay




Review of This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

Student Reviewers: Yashar Harris & Dylan Mizell

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Jason D. Mizell





Video Book Trailer of Pete the Cat: Snow Daze by James Dean

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Kassandra Hill






Young Adult Book Reviews 

Review of Spliced by Jon McGoran

Student Reviewer: Bianca Thompson

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Jessica Beck






Review of Geis: A Matter of Life and Death by Alexis Deacon

Student Reviewer: Eric Samoson

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Megan Beth Hedgecock




Review of Roar by Cora Carmack

Student Reviewer: Via Nachman

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Meg McKeon







Review of Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor

Student Reviewer: Gemma Williams

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Brady Nash







Review of The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky & Steve Brown

Student Reviewer: Grace Gilmour

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Margaret Robbins





Review of Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Student Reviewer: Arabella French

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Patty Young







Poetry, Fiction, & Visual Arts

In the Fall 2017 issue of JoLLE, we are proud to present a Poetry, Fiction, & Visual Arts section that explores the intertwined and dynamic relationship between language, teaching, and learning in diverse contexts. Our poets, authors, and artists, who are also researchers and educators, provide us both practical inspiration and poetic interpretation of many issues, such as students’ voice and self-discovery, multimodal teaching and learning, and interpersonal communication in education.

Sharon M. Nuruddin, Poetry, Fiction, & Visual Arts Editor, jolle.art.literature@gmail.com


Title: “Memory Work”
Artist: Alex Winninghoff

Titles (with accompanying poems): “A Steadying Force” and “Man Talk”
Artist/Author: Jerome C. Harste

Principal Editor

Heidi Lyn Hadley

Managing Editor

William J. Fassbender

Production Editor

Alexandra L. Berglund

Conference Chairs

S. R. Toliver and T. Hunter Strickland

Digital Content Editor

William J. Fassbender

Academic Book Review Editor

Mariah Copeland Parker

Poetry, Fiction, & Visual Arts Editor

Sharon M. Nuruddin

CYAL (Children & Young Adult Literature) Editor

Stacia L. Long

Scholars Speak Out Editor

Tairan Qiu

Communications Editor

Caroline Bedingfield

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Peter Smagorinsky


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