Volume 13(1): Out of the Box and Into the Margins

Volume 13(1): Out of the Box and Into the Margins

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


Intertextuality by Jerome C. Harste

Editors’ Introduction

Exploring the Space Outside the Box and Inside the Margins

Jennifer Jackson Whitley & Nick Thompson

Academic Articles

Voices from the Field


A Narrative Reflection on Examining Text and World for Social Justice: Combatting Bullying and Harassment with Shakespeare

Stephanie Anne Shelton



Critical Literacy and Transgender Topics in an Upper Elementary Classroom: A Portrait of Possibility

Jill M. Hermann-Wilmarth, Rosemary Lannen, & Caitlin L. Ryan


Featured Articles


Are We Making ‘PROGRESS’? A Critical Literacies Framework to Engage Pre-service Teachers for Social Justice

Holly C. Matteson & Ashley S. Boyd



A Case Study of Struggle and Success: Profiling a Third Grader’s Reading and Writing in a Multimodal Curriculum

Angela M. Wiseman, Melissa Pendleton, Christine Christianson, & Nicole Nesheim



Representations of Adoption in Contemporary Realistic Fiction for Young Adults

Sue Christian Parsons, Robin Fuxa, Faryl Kander, & Dana Hardy



Power and Agency in a High Poverty Elementary School: How Teachers Experienced a Scripted Reading Program

Rebecca Powell, Susan Chambers Cantrell, & Pamela Correll



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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 WHAM! Teaching with Graphic Novels Across the Curriculum by William G. Brozo, Gary Moorman, & Carla K. Meyer

Reviewers: Chyllis E. Scott, Cadence Taylor, Bridgette Buhlman, Ana Dunne, Chelsea Garmon, Nerissa Lopez, & Alexandria Miles






Review of Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap by Paul C. Gorski

Reviewer: Matthew J. Moulton






Review of Learning from the Federal Market-Based Reforms: Lessons for the Every Student Succeeds Act by William J. Mathis & Tina M. Trujillo

Reviewer: Patrick Shannon





Review of Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Qualitative Inquiry with Youth and Communities by Django Paris & Maisha T. Winn

Reviewer: Stephanie Anne Shelton





Review of What Connected Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker, Jimmy Casas, & Jeffrey Zoul

Reviewer: Melissa Adams-Budde & Joy Myers











Review of Reading Upside Down: Identifying and Addressing Opportunity Gaps in Literacy Instruction by Deborah L. Wolter

Reviewer: Yanty Wirza





Review of Challenging Perceptions in Primary Education: Exploring Issues in Practice, edited by Margaret Sangster

Reviewer: Lin Chen




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.

Local Author Spotlight

Podcast and Interview: Stan Mullins & T. Hunter Strickland


Elementary School Books

Review of Treasure Town by Doug Wilhelm & Illustrated by Sarah-Lee Terrat

Student Reviewer: Askia Hylton

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Mary Guay






Review of Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger & Cece Bell

Student Reviewer: Pharaoh N. Nuruddin

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Sharon M. Nuruddin

Review of Inspector Flytrap in The President’s Mane is Missing by Tom Angleberger & Cece Bell

Student Reviewer: Pharaoh N. Nuruddin

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Sharon M. Nuruddin



 Middle School Books

Review of Fannie Never Flinched by Mary Cronk Farrell

Student Reviewer: Spencer Hadley

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Heidi Lyn Hadley




Review of Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger & Paul Dellinger

Student Reviewer: Brennan Kajder

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Sara Kajder




High School Books

Review of The Intuitives by Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown

Student Reviewer: Jordan White

Adult/Educator Reviewer: Margaret A. Robbins







Review of The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Student Reviewer: Brantley Power

Adult/Educator Reviewer: T. Hunter Strickland



Poetry & Art

In the Spring 2017 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

Sarah’s First Visit to Shanghai Author: Lei Jiang

God-Read English Author: Lei Jiang

International Student Learns about American Chinese Food Author: Viviane Klen Alves Moore

Manifesto: The Mad Teacher Liberation Front Author: Rebecca Powell

Writing Club Author: Agie Behounek

Sentences Make Sense Author: Sheryl Lain

The Disenfranchised Learner Authors: Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Laura Hudock, Paul Ricks, & Rene Rodriguez-Astacio

Intertextuality Author: Jerome C. Harste

Out of the Box Scholarship Author: Jerome C. Harste

The Reader Author: Jonathan Eakle

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
Sharon M. Nuruddin
S. R. Toliver

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Peter Smagorinsky


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