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Language Arts Journal of Michigan


Sierra Holmes, Greg Shafer, and Amanda Stearns-Pfeiffer, Co-Editors

The Language Arts Journal of Michigan is published twice a year.

Archived issues from 1985 to the present are available at Scholarworks.

Current Call for Manuscripts

Fall 2018: Ethics in ELA

Deadline: August 15, 2018

In his 2011 book Save the World on Your Own Time, Stanley Fish argues that the charge of a language arts teacher is simple and straightforward: to teach academics without any political agendas or explorations into moral or ethical issues. “No issue, question, or topic is off limits to classroom discussion so long as it the object of academic rather than political or ideological attention,” (15) argues Fish. In this issue, we ask language arts teachers and administrators to consider both the feasibility and ethics of such an approach. You might examine the following:

  • How should we, as teachers, handle questions of morals and ethics in the teaching of English? Can we, for example, avoid the issue of racism and the Black Lives Matter movement while discussing the works of Frederick Douglass or classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? Should we?
  • How have you grappled with censorship in teaching books that invite political debate?
  • How might school location impact the way teachers make moral and ethical decisions in the classroom? How should it?
  • How can we prepare pre-service teachers for the ethical dilemmas they will face in their classrooms?Please submit manuscripts through Scholarworks (


MET (Michigan English Teacher) Newsletter 

Toby Kahn-Loftus, Editor

The MET is published regularly and updates members about MCTE’s events and resources. 

Click below for the latest issue of the MET — July 2018.


Access past issues of the MET here.


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