The Voices from the Middle Podcast is a regular radio show that extends and enriches the content offered in the print and digital pages of the journal. Tune in to learn alongside a team of middle school English/language arts teachers from across the United States as they interview teacher leaders, YA authors, researchers, columnists, classroom teachers, and students, whose voices shape Voices from the Middle and our classrooms.
In this episode, we speak with author Martha Brockenbrough, whose latest YA novel Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary has been taking middle and high school classrooms by storm. Our teacher panelists Beth Shaum and Amy Fleming talk with Martha about how she used primary sources to make Hamilton’s story accessible to teens, how she has been able to build a writing career that spans multiple age groups and genres, and some hints about what projects we can expect from her in the near future.
Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary—Martha Brockenbrough
Dread Nation—Justina Ireland
River Consciousness—Oliver Sacks
Blood Water Paint—Joy McCullough
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers—Deborah Heligman
In this episode, our panelists Gretchen Taylor, Katherine Sokolowski, Gage Jeter, and Amy Fleming talk with teacher, speaker, and author Jeff Anderson, whose article "There Is Always Time to Write Together" appears in the latest issue of Voices from the Middle. In their conversation, they discuss Jeff's planning and writing process, how teachers should embrace the mess associated with writing, strategies both students and teachers can use to jump start their own writing process, as well as what inspires Jeff. Be sure to check out his article "The Express-Lane Edit: Making Editing Useful for Adolescents" in the May 2008 issue.
In the latest installment of Voices from the Bookshelf, Katherine Sokolowski’s seventh-grade girls at Monticello Middle School in Monticello, Illinois, talk about some of the books that have had the greatest impact on them so far this year as well as the books they are excited to read next.
- Solo, Kwame Alexander
- Zack Delacruz series, Jeff Anderson
- Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, Jonathan Auxier
- What Readers Really Do: Teaching the Process of Meaning Making,
- Dorothy Barnhouse and Vicki Vinton
- Girl Made of Stars, Ashley Herring Blake
- Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore
- Graceling, Kristin Cashore
- The Selection, Kiera Cass
- Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
- Absolutely Truly, Heather Vogel Frederick
- Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
- I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Maurene Goo
- Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith, Deborah Helligman
- Letters from Rifka, Karen Hesse
- Wintersong, S. Jae-Jones
- See You at Harry’s, Jo Knowles
- Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds
- Mythology series, Rick Riordan
- Bone Gap, Laura Ruby
- The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
- The Pearl Thief, Elizabeth Wein
In this episode, teacher panelists Beth Shaum, Gage Jeter, and Amy Fleming speak with Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell, authors of the article, "How to Think, Talk, and Write Your Way into Better Teaching," which appears in the December issue of Voices from the Middle. They discuss how teachers can make the shift to writing beside their students, how they encourage different modes of thinking in student journals, how to celebrate and capitalize on students’ writing strengths, and so much more. In this segment of Voices from the Bookshelf, Katherine Sokolowski’s seventh-grade boys at Monticello Middle School in Monticello, IL, talk about the books they are currently reading, their favorite books they’ve read this year, and what books they can’t wait to read next.
Titans Curse—Rick Riordan
Miles Morales: Spider-Man—Jason Reynolds
Love that Dog—Sharon Creech
War Horse—Michael Morpurgo
All American Boys—Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Amulet Series—Kazu Kibuishi
Long Way Down—Jason Reynolds
In this live episode from St. Louis, MO, our teacher panelists Gage Jeter, Beth Shaum, Alex Corbitt, Gretchen Taylor, Katherine Sokolowski, and Amy Fleming tell us about their biggest takeaways from #NCTE17.
Books mentioned in this episode:
Jennifer Buehler-Teaching Reading with YA Literature: Complex Texts, Complex Lives
Soman Chainani-The School for Good and Evil
Rick Riordan-Aru Shah and the End of Time
Jason Reynolds-Long Way Down
John David Anderson-Ms. Bixby’s Last Day
John David Anderson-Posted
John David Anderson-Granted