Volume 12(2)

Volume 12(2)

Academic Articles | Academic Book Reviews | CYAL Book Reviews | Poetry and Art


The Muses Amongst Us by Jerome Harste

Editors’ Introduction

Intentional Meaning: Exploring How We Read and Write Our Worlds

Nick Thompson and Jennifer Jackson Whitley

Academic Articles

Voices from the Field

Ctrl F: A Scholar’s Tips for Delving into the World of Creative Writing

Christina Berchini


The Trouble with Niceness: How a Preference for Pleasantry Sabotages Culturally Responsive Teacher Preparation

Jeanne Dyches Bissonnette


Featured Articles

Living and Learning in the Here-and-Now: Critical Inquiry in Literacy Teacher Education

Katherine Crawford-Garrett and Kathleen Riley


Beyond Mirrors and Windows: A Critical Content Analysis of Latino Children’s Books

Eliza G. Braden and Sanjuana C. Rodriguez


Empowering the Foreign Language Learner Through Critical Literacies Development

Margaret Keneman


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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.

Kathleen R. McGovern, Academic Book Review Editor, bookrev@uga.edu


Review of Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable  from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

S. R. Toliver





Review of Research-Based Practices for Teaching Common Core Literacy

Courtney Shimek





Review of Focus on Literacy

Rhia Moreno





Review of Engaging Writers with Multigenre Research Projects: A Teacher’s Guide

Jessica F. Kobe





Review of The Complete Guide to Tutoring Struggling Readers: Mapping Interventions to Purpose and CCSS

Helene Halstead





Kristen E. Duncan





Review of Multimodality, Learning and Communication: A Social Semiotic Frame

Jason DeHart


Children & Young Adult Literature (CYAL) Book Reviews

The Journal of Language and Literacy Education reviews recently published or soon to be published children’s 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.

T. Hunter Strickland, CYAL Book Review Editor, cyalbookrev@uga.edu.

Elementary School Book

Review of Tinyville Town Gets to Work

Student Reviewer: Mary Frost Osborne

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Kate O’Rourke




Review of Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer

Student Reviewer: Faith Tucker

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Madalene Ramsey

Middle School Books

Review of Shadows of the Dark Crystal #1

Student Reviewer: Emily Whitney

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Sam Tanner



Review of The Boy with 17 Senses

Student Reviewer: Madison Lavender

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Miriam Voyles


High School Books

Review of Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go: A Novel of Haiti

Student Reviewer: Sierra Rainville

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Daniel Hayes





Review of The Red Abbey Chronicles: Maresi

Student Reviewer: Rebecca Posten

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Shannon Lindsey Cheek



Poetry & Arts

In the Fall 2016 issue of JoLLE, we are proud to present a Poetry & Arts section that explores the intertwined and dynamic relationship between language, teaching, and learning in diverse contexts. Our poets 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.

Kuo Zhang, Poetry & Arts Editor, jolleart@uga.edu

A Writing Lesson

Sally Jarzab

The Poet

Alex Johns

When You’re Not Smarter Than A Fifth Grader

Janine Certo


Ariel S. Maloney

Let Us Feast at Poetry’s Table

Johanna M. Bailie

The Muses Among Us

Jerome C. Harste


Co-Principal Editors 

Nick Thompson & Jennifer Jackson Whitley

Managing Editor

Heidi Lyn Hadley

Production Editor

Bradley Robinson

Conference Chair

Rachel Kaminski Sanders

Digital Content Editor

William J. Fassbender

Academic Book Review Editor

Kathleen R. McGovern

Poetry and Art Editor

Kuo Zhang

CYAL (Children & Young Adult Literature) Editor

T. Hunter Strickland

Scholars Speak Out Editor

Lourdes Cardozo-Gaibisso

Communications Editor

Kalianne L. Neumann

Review Board

Maria A. Van Allen
Isabel Balsamo
Khanh Bui
Lei Jiang
Sharon M. Nuruddin
Soudabeh Rafieisakhaei
S. R. Toliver

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Peter Smagorinsky


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