American Secondary Education
American Secondary Education is a distinctive journal because it is one of the few scholarly journals that is focused solely on issues of concern to administrators, teachers, and researchers in middle and high school education. The journal features two kinds of articles. Research reports should be unbiased and scholarly in nature. Informed commentary articles argue for a particular action agenda by citing relevant literature. The editor welcomes articles about innovative school programs, effective classroom practices, and issues relating to the achievement, lifestyles, attitudes, and culture of adolescents.
Coverage: 1970-2012 (Vol. 1, No. 1 - Vol. 41, No. 1)
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Note: In calculating the moving wall, the current year is not counted.
For example, if the current year is 2008 and a journal has a 5 year moving wall, articles from the year 2002 are available.
- Terms Related to the Moving Wall
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- Complete: Journals that are no longer published or that have been combined with another title.
Subjects: Education, Social Sciences
Collections: Arts & Sciences X Collection
Write to us with ideas: For what works of literature would you like to have a collection of Times resources?
2. But say you're teaching something we haven't yet made a special collection for, like "Huckleberry Finn". To find Times articles from 1851-present related to almost any book, visit our Site Search. Click on Advanced Search (on the right hand side of the Search page) to narrow your search. To go back further, search the archives from 1851-1980. (Some articles are not free; home delivery subscribers get access to 100 of these a month. Educators can subscribe at a special discounted rate.) As needed, sort your results by "newest first," "oldest first" or "closest match." If you do that for "Huck," you'll see that one of its very first mentions in the New York Times comes in 1885 in the form of an editorial republished from the Springfield Republican. Headlined "Trashy and Vicious," it comments on the Concord Library's ban of the book.
Here's what else you might find:
3. To enrich students' understanding of the time and place in which a novel is set, you might use Times Topics pages to find related articles, photographs, video, interactive graphics or podcasts.
For example, if you're teaching "Grapes of Wrath", the Great Depression topic page has a short overview of the social, political, and economic conditions of the period, as well as photo slideshows of both black and white and color photographs from the era.The page also highlights several videos in The New Hard Times series in which people who were alive during the Great Depression compare it to conditions today.
Similarly, "Anne Frank,""Night" or "The Book Thief" might be taught using resources from the Times Topics page on the Holocaust, or with our special Learning Network Holocaust page.
And just for fun, the interactive Literary Map of Manhattan might teach your students about writers like J.D. Salinger to Ralph Ellison, or might inspire them to create their own map that features the literary landscape of another region, state or country.
4. Show students the relevance of what they read in English class to "the real world" by having them connect key quotes from the work to news articles, photos and editorials in The Times that echo this idea.How do these three famous quotes, for example, resonate today? What contemporary connections can students find in The Times?
6. Or, perhaps, you teach young adult literature or pair YA novels with classics. In this lesson we find commonalities between the "Twilight" series and other literature, but the lesson could be adapted to work with any young adult novel, from the "Harry Potter" series to "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian".
Or maybe you want to give your students models of how to think critically about the books they read. Here is a 2006 essay by Naomi Wolf about the "Gossip Girl," "A-List" and "Clique" novels and a 2009 essay by Ned Vizzini about stereotypes in young adult fiction.
7. A common literature class assignment is to rewrite a portion of a literary text, either updating it, writing a new story inspired by the old, telling the story from a new point of view or recasting it in a new genre or under new conditions. Many published works do this as well, as the recent legal battle over the "Catcher in the Rye" sequel illustrated. This article lists many famous sequels, including "The Wide Sargasso Sea" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies".
What about film adaptations? Although many believe a few films--notably "To Kill a Mockingbird"--to be just as good, or even better, than the source material, many are disappointing. Here, for example, is Joyce Carol Oates on the Disney version of "The Scarlet Letter". In this lesson plan, using the movie version of "The Kite Runner" as a jumping-off point, we show students how to compare book and movie versions of the same work.
8. An easy way to find information about a well-known author is to visit the Times Topics pages. A quick look-up is at on the top of the right hand side of the Books section, with a drop-down menu featuring authors from Jane Austen, Nikolai Gogol, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Edgar Allan Poe, and Albert Camus to Raymond Carver, Stephen King and Edwidge Danticat.
Use these pages to find out how Amy Tan came to write "The Joy Luck Club" or why Sandra Cisneros got mostly C's and D's in 5th grade.
9.Graphic novels, such as "Persepolis" and "Maus", are taught across the curriculum in many schools today. Here are two useful essays, one about the genre in general, and another about their use in schools. We also have a lesson plan in which students create their own storyboards for graphic novels about adolescence.
10. Finally, if you need more, you can explore the Learning Network's special Literature page, which has selected lessons about particular authors and genres, as well as general lessons encouraging fun with literature, such as this lesson about exploring literature "American Idol" style, this one about creating a timeline of your history as a reader or this one in which students invent a Web search history for a literary character.
The banner image above was taken from an illustration by Greg Clarke for a Week in Review article about literary sequels headlined "The Sincerest Form of Lawsuit Bait ".