Award Details

Nominations are not accepted for this award.

Purpose:
The award recognizes outstanding English Journal articles written by classroom teachers.

Eligibility:
The award shall be given once each year, covering issues published between September and July of the previous volume year. Entrants must be high school teachers and may include those on leave or not currently teaching. The editor of English Journal shall draw up the annual list of eligible authors and shall be the arbiter of eligibility. Up to two honorable mentions (runners-up) may also be named.

Award Criteria:
The award shall be given annually to the authors of two articles written by teachers and published in English Journal. Book reviewers will not be eligible for consideration, but articles written for specific English Journal columns may be considered. Teachers currently on leave may be considered, as may former teachers presently not employed. In the case of co-authored articles, if one author teaches at a college or university and is therefore eligible for the Edwin M. Hopkins Award, the article will be considered for that award and not the Farmer Award.

Award Specifics:
The award is announced by the award committee chair and presented by the journal editor at the Secondary Section Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention. The winner receives a plaque, $100 honorarium, complimentary registration for the NCTE Annual Convention, and a ticket to the Secondary Section Luncheon. Honorable mentions receive a certificate, complimentary registration for the NCTE Annual Convention, and a ticket to the Secondary Section Luncheon.

The award is named after Paul and Kate Farmer, founders and donors.

Judging:
The Farmer Award Committee determines the winner based upon articles meeting the criteria by August 15. The award committee shall consist of a chair nominated by the editor of English Journal and three to five readers nominated by the members of the Secondary Section Steering Committee.

NCTE Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Writing Award Winners

 

2016
Winners:

  • Jennifer Ansbach, New Jersey, “Using Memorials to Build Critical Thinking Skills and Empathy,” March 2016
  • Kiran Subhani, New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois, “Photos as Witness: Teaching Visual Literacy for Research and Social Action,” November 2015

 

2015
Winners:

  • Chris Gilbert, Henderson, North Carolina, “A Call for Subterfuge: Shielding the ELA Classroom from the Restrictive Sway of the Common Core.” November 2014
  • Jennifer Rossuck, Albertville, Alabama, “My Year of Sports.” September 2014

Honorable Mentions:

  • Michael Hoffman, Ann Arbor, Michigan, “Peer Response, Remixed: Authentic Peer Response through Audio Technology.” March 2015
  • Alyssa Niccolini, Brooklyn, New York, “Precocious Knowledge: Using Banned Books to Engage in a Youth Lens.” January 2015

 

2014
Winners:

  • Donna Canan, Kirkwood High School, Missouri, “I Hear America Sing: Promoting Democracy through Literature.” November 2013
  • David Peter Noskin, New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois, for “Toward a Clearer Picture of Assessment: One Teacher’s Formative Approach.” September 2013

Honorable Mentions:

  • Michael Pagliaro, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, “Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? Determining the Criteria for Graphic Novels with Literary Merit.” March 2014
  • Jennifer Isgitt and Quentin Donnellan, Fossil ridge High School, Keller, Texas, “Discussion-Based Problem Solving: An English-Calculus Collaboration Emphasizes Cross-Curricular Thinking Skills.” January 2014

 

2013
Winners:

  • Michael Thier, Eugene, Oregon, “Cultural Awareness Logs: A Method for Increasing International-Mindedness among High School and Middle School Students.” July 2013
  • Chris Gilbert, Henderson, North Carolina, “Changing the Lens: The Necessity of Visual Literacy in the ELA Classroom.” March 2013

Honorable Mentions:

  • Steffany Comfort Maher, Kalamazoo, Michigan, “Using To Kill a Mockingbird as a Conduit for Teaching about the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” March 2013
  • Jim Burke, San Francisco, California, “Generating Minds.” July 2013

 

2012
Winners:

  • Fahima Ife, Madison, Wisconsin, “Powerful Writing: Promoting a Political Writing Community of Students.” March 2012
  • Shannon Falkner, Morristown, New Jersey, “Signs of Life’ in the High School Classroom: Analyzing Popular Culture to Provide Student Choice in Analytical Writing.” November 2011

Honorable Mention:

  • Brent McKown, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, “Decoding Teacher and Student Identity with Jay-Z.” November 2011
  • Jennifer Ansbach, Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey, “Long-Term Effects of Bullying: Promoting Empathy with Nonfiction.” July 2012

 

2011
Winners:

  • Kyle Vaughn, Richardson, Texas, “Reading the Literature of War: A Global Perspective on Ethnics.” July 2011
  • Nancy Guillot Pearson, Sidell, Louisiana, “Classrooms That Discourage Plagiarism and Welcome Technology.” July 2011

Honorable Mention:

  • John Day, Sugar Land, Texas, “Of Mice and Media.” September 2010

 

2010
Winners:

  • Susan Biondo Hench, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, “Shakespeare Troupe: An Adventure in Words, Fluid Text and Comedy.” September 2009
  • Mary Kendrick, Charlotte, North Carolina, “Using Student Collaboration to Foster Progressive Discourse.” May 2010

 

2009
Winners:

  • Laura Feffer for “Devising Ensemble Plays: At-Risk Students Become Living, Performing Authors.” January 2009
  • Jennifer Wells for “It Sounds Like Me: Using Creative Nonfiction to Teach College Admissions.” September 2008

 

2008
Winners:

  • Tim Gillespie, “The List” (November 2007)
  • John Golden, “Literature into Film (and Back Again): Another Look at an Old Dog.” (September 2007)

Honorable Mention:

  • Suzanne R. Kail, “Vocabulary Instruction Goes “Old School” (March 2008)

 

2007
Winners:

  • Raquel Cook, “Beyond Tolerance: Teaching English in a Post-9/11 Classroom” (November 2006)
  • Kiran Subhani Qureshi, “Beyond Mirrored Worlds: Teaching World Literature to Challenge Students’ Perception of ‘Other.'” (November 2006)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Michael J. Michell, “Teaching for Critical Literacy: An Ongoing Necessity to Look Deeper and Beyond” (November 2006)
  • Tom Liam Lynch, “Illuminating Chaucer through Poetry, Manuscript Illuminations, and a Critical Rap Album” (July 2007)

 

2006
Winners:

  • Lori Cohen and Leyna Peery for “Unveiling Students’ Perceptions about Women in Islam (January 2006)
  • Jeff Anderson for “Zooming In and Zooming Out: Putting Grammar in Context into Context” (May 2006).

Honorable Mentions:

  • Melissa McClain for “Rediscovering the Artist, Reinvigorating the Self, Reinventing the Teacher” (November 2005)
  • Deb Teitelbaum for “Why is the Sky Blue? Using Children’s Questions to Motivate Research” (March 2006).

 

2005
Winners:

  • Ann Frkovich and Annie Thoms for “The Monologue Project for Creating Vital Drama in Secondary Schools” (November 2004)
  • Stacy Miller for “Shattering Images of Violence in Young Adult Literature: Strategies for the Classroom” (May 2005)

Honorable Mention:

  • Christie Jones for “Talking about The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” (May 2005)
  • Jessica Whitney for “Five Easy Pieces: Steps toward Integrating AAVE into the Classroom.” (May 2005)

 

2004
Winners:

  • Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher, “Using Graphic Novels, Anime, and the Internet in an Urban High School,” January 2004
  • Lisa Garrigues, “Porch Talk: Reading Their Eyes Were Watching God,” September 2003

Honorable Mentions:

  • Sharon Bishop, “The Power of Place,” July 2004
  • Kimberly C. Price, “Teaching as Learning in a Yup’ik Eskimo Village,” November 2003

 

2003
Senior High:

  • Thomas M. McCann and Joseph M. Flanagan, “A Tempest Project: Shakespeare and Critical Conflicts,” September 2002

Junior High:

  • Jennifer D. Morrison, “Using Student-Generated Film to Create a Culturally Relevant Community,” September 2002

 

2002
Senior High:

  • Lorraine Cella, Westwood Junior-Senior High School, Washington Township, New Jersey, “Reading the Complex World: Students Approach The Scarlet Letter from Multiple Perspectives,” July 2002

Junior High:

  • Don Pederson, Florin High School, Sacramento, “Question and Answer: Reading Nonfiction to Develop the Persuasive Essay,” March 2002

 

2001
Senior High:

  • Lynda Hamblin, “Voices in the Junior High School Classroom: Lost and Found,” September 2000
  • Tamara L.C. Van Wyhe, “A Passion for Poetry: Breaking Rules and Boundaries with Online Relationships,” November 2000

 

2000
Senior high:

  • Joseph M. Shosh, Freedom High School, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, “Much Ado about Negotiation,” July 2000
  • Honorable mention: Colleen A. Ruggieri, Boardman High School, Boardman, Ohio, “The Value of Voice: Promoting Peace through Teaching and Writing,” May 2000

Middle school:

  • Pamela Fracareta and Deborah J. Phillips, Burrillville Middle School, Harrisville, Rhode Island, “Working with a Writer’s Notebook,” July 2000
  • Nancy G. Patterson, Portland Middle School, Portland, Michigan, “Making Connections: Hypertext and Research in a Middle School Classroom,” September 1999

 

1999
Senior high:

  • Beth O. Steffen, Beloit Memorial High School, Wisconsin, “Bad Bays, Bad Girls, Watcha Gonna Do! Teenage Outlaws Create Curriculum,” November 1998
  • Honorable mention: Denise L. Croker, Harpeth Hall School, Nashville, Tennessee, “Putting It on the Table: A Mini-Course on Gender Differences,” January 1999

 

1998
Senior high:

  • Mary A. Dilg, Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, Illinois, “Why I am a Multiculturalist: The Power of Stories Told and Untold,” October 1997

Middle school:

  • Joan Ruddiman, West Windsor Plainsboro Middle School, Plainsboro, New Jersey, “World War II: A Research/Presentation Project for Eighth Graders,” September 1997

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Nancy Gorrell, Morristown High School, Morristown, New Jersey, “Teaching the Holocaust: Light from the Yellow Star Leads the Way,” December 1997
  • Simon Chiu, St. Ignatius College Preparatory School, San Francisco, California, “Reorienting the English Classroom,” December 1997
  • Elfie Israel, “What Contemporary Authors Can Teach Us,” December 1997

 

1997
Senior high:

  • Mark Larson, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Illinois, “Watch Your Language: Teaching Standard Usage to Resistant and Reluctant Learners,” November 1996

Middle school:

  • Maura Stetson, The Menlo School, Atherton, California, “Freedom of Voice,” October 1996

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: John A. Ianacone, Indian Hills High School, Oakland, New Jersey, “Passion and Craft in Writing: Finding a Balance,” October 1996
  • Marion McAdoo Goldwasser, Mount Airy Senior High School, Mount Airy, North Carolina, “Censorship: It Happened to Me in Southwest Virginia—It Could Happen to You,” February

 

1997
Honorable mention:

  • Middle school: Michele Keating, Russell Middle School, Colorado Springs, Colorado, “Exploring Charles M. Russell and Others through Biography,” December 1996

 

1996
Senior high:

  • Lisa Schade, Mattawan Middle School, Mattawan, Michigan, “Demystifying the Text: Literary Criticism in the High School Classroom,” March 1996

Middle school:

  • Harry R. Noden, Hudson Middle School, Hudson, Ohio, “A Journey through Cyberspace: Reading and Writing in a Virtual School,” October 1995

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Evelyn McLean Brady, “How to Survive Urban Violence with Hope,” September 1995

 

1995
Senior high:

  • Tim Gillespie, Lake Oswego High School, Lake Oswego, Oregon, “Why Literature Matters,” December 1994

Middle school:

  • Shelly D. Smede, Clair E. Gale Junior High School, Idaho Falls, Idaho, “Flyfishing, Portfolios, and Authentic Writing,” February 1995

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Mary Dilg, Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, Illinois, “The Opening of the American Mind: Challenges in the Cross-Cultural Teaching of Literature,” March 1995
  • Laurie Hoff, David H. Hickman High School, Columbia, Missouri, “From Omnipotent Teacherin-Charge to Co-Conspirator in the Classroom: Developing Lifelong Readers and Writers,” October 1994
  • Honorable mention: Middle school: Wannetta Hartman, New Vienna Elementary School, New Vienna, Ohio, “A Teacher-Researcher’s Reflection,” October 1994

 

1994
Senior high:

  • Carole A. Williams, Mehlville School District, St. Louis, Missouri, “Social Action Begins at School: The Research Paper Revisited,” November 1993
  • Middle school: Ann Warner, Romney Junior High School, Romney, West Virginia, “If the Shoe No Longer Fits, Wear It Anyway?” September 1993

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Mary B. Nicolini, Penn High School, Mishawaka, Indiana, “Stories Can Save Us: A Defense of Narrative Writing,” February 1994
  • Middle school: Bonnie M. Davis, Clayton High School, Missouri, “A Cultural Safari: Dispelling Myths and Creating Connections,” February 1994

 

1993
Senior high:

  • Laura Hutchison, Central High School, Brooksville, Florida, “Homelessness and Reader-Response: Writing with a Social Consciousness,” February 1993

Junior high:

  • Leslie Oster, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, Teaneck, New Jersey, “SubSaharan Africa: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Unit,” April 1993

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Carolyn P. Henly, Webster Groves High School, Missouri, “Reader-Response Theory as an Antidote to Controversy: Teaching The Bluest Eye, March

 

1993
Honorable mention:

  • Junior high: Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Beaver Dam Middle School, Wisconsin, “Literary Theorists, Hear My Cry!” November 1992
  • Elizabeth Egan Close, A.U. Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland, New York, “Literature Discussion: A Classroom Environment for Thinking and Sharing,” September 1992

 

1992
Senior high:

  • Jay M. Gillen, Harbor City Learning Center, Baltimore, Maryland, “A Lesson from Macbeth,” March 1992

Junior high:

  • James Lockhart, North Kirkwood Middle School, Kirkwood, Missouri, “’We Real Cool’: Dialect in the Middle-School Classroom,” December 1991

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Ellen M. Anderson, Andrew High School, Tinley Park, Illinois, and Fred L. Hamel, Bremerton High School, Washington, “Teaching Argument as a CriteriaDriven Process,” November 1991
  • Ronald Barron, Richfield Senior High School, Minnesota, “What I Wish I Had Known about Peer-Response Groups but Didn’t,” September 1991
  • Brian W. Ford, Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, Massachusetts, “Essays of the Act of the Mind: Authentic Voices in Student Writing,” December 1991
  • Ralph Maltese, Abington Senior High School, Pennsylvania, “Three Philosophical Pillars That Support Collaborative Learning,” September 1991
  • Honorable mention: Junior high: David Burk, Ross Middle School, Hamilton, Ohio, “Teaching the Terrain of Poetry,” March 1992
  • Mary Mercer Krogness, Shaker Heights Middle School, Ohio, “A Question of Values,” October 1991
  • Mary Moebius, Verona Area Middle School, Wisconsin, “What Do You Believe? Persuasive Speeches in Eighth Grade,” November 1991

 

1991
Senior high:

  • Linda M. Christensen, Jefferson High School, Portland, Oregon, “Poetry: Reinventing the Past, Rehearsing the Future,” April 1991
  • Alan Olds, Arvada West High School, Colorado, “Thinking Eastern: Preparing Students to Read Chinese Literature,” December 1990

Junior high:

  • Joanne S. Gillespie, Green Acres School, Rockville, Maryland, “Reliving the Depression: Integrating English and Social Studies,” October 1990

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Joan Kernan Cone, El Cerrito High School, Richmond, California, “Literature, Geography, and the Untracked English Class,” December 1990
  • Norma A. Greco, The Ellis School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, “Re-creating the Literary Text: Practice and Theory,” November 1990
  • Junior high: Marie Dionisio, Louis M. Klein Middle School, Harrison, New York, “Responding to Literary Elements through Mini-lessons and Dialogue Journals,” January 1991
  • Elizabeth G. Mascia, Glenelg Country School, Maryland, “Cyrano de Bergerac: Bringing Classics to Young Adolescents,” January 1991

 

1990
Senior high:

  • Margaret Anne Zeller Carlson, Contoocook Valley High School, Peterborough, New Hampshire, “Guidelines for a Gender-Balanced Curriculum in English, Grades 7–12,” October 1989

Junior high:

  • Julie Welch Wentworth, Opelika Middle School, Alabama, “’A Whole Lot’ of Learning Going On in an Urban Environment,” January 1990

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Belinda Shade McGuire, Herndon High School, Virginia, “Where Does the Teacher Intervene with Underachieving Writers?” February 1990
  • Judy Wenzel, Milan, Michigan, “Going to Jail: Finding Hospitable Space,” April 1990
  • Junior high: Sandra L. Robertson, Santa Barbara Junior High School, California, “Text Rendering: Beginning Literary Response,” January 1990
  • Elaine Ryan, Northwest Junior High School, Coralville, Iowa, “Operation Name Search,” January 1990

 

1989
Senior high:

  • Jeff Golub, Shorecrest High School, Seattle, Washington, and Louann Reid, Douglas County High School, Castle Rock, Colorado, “Activities for an `Interactive Classroom,'” April 1989

Junior high:

  • Martha Dudley, Roosevelt Junior High School, Selma, California, “The Writing Workshop: Structuring for Success,” January 1989

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Peter Smagorinsky, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park, Illinois, “Small Groups: A New Dimension in Learning,” February 1989
  • Junior high: Marie Dionisio, Louis M. Klein Middle School, Harrison, New York, “Filling Empty Pockets: Remedial Readers Make Meaning,” January 1989

 

1988
Senior high:

  • Susan D. Reed, DeAnza High School, Richmond, California, “Logs: Keeping an Open Mind,” February 1988

Junior high:

  • Marian Galbraith-Jones, Cutler Junior High School, Mystic, Connecticut, “The Famous Authors Convention,” October 1987

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Margie Krest, Thornton High School, Colorado, “Time on My Hands: Handling the Paper Load,” December 1987
  • Jane Carlson, Boulder High School, Colorado, Readers Responding to ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter,'” January 1988
  • Mary Jo Schaars, Stevens Point Area Senior High School, Wisconsin, “Teaching My Antonia, with Guidance from Rosenblatt,” January 1988;
  • Junior high: Mary Mercer Krogness, Shaker Heights Middle School, Ohio, “Fooling with Language,” February 1988
  • Joseph Lazarskil Oswego Middle School, New York, “Memo to Student Teachers,” September 1987
  • Judith B. Rosenfeld, St. Paul’s School, Brooklandville, Maryland, “An Elizabethan Interlude: A Course for Middle Schoolers,” December 1987

 

1987
Senior high:

  • Marue E. Walizer, Wilton High School, Connecticut, “Adolescent Experience as Shakespearean Drama,” February 1987

Junior high:

  • Mike Cool, James Madison Junior High School, Appleton, Wisconsin, “Classroom Bond,” April 1987

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Linda Williams Post, Temple High School, Texas, “Frankly, My Dear,” January 1987
  • Junior high: Linda Green Horton, Jefferson Junior High School, Columbia, Missouri, “A Whole Language Unit for Ninth Graders,” December 1986

 

1986
Senior high:

  • Henry Maloney, Seaholm High School, Birmingham, Michigan, “You Write What You Read,” September 1985
  • Lin McKay, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Virginia, “Gaining Control through Commentary,” March 1986

Junior high:

  • Nancie Atwell, Boothbay Region Schools, Maine, “Everyone Sits at a Big Desk: Discovering Topics for Writing,” September 1985

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Bill Brown, Nichols School, Buffalo, New York, “The Censoring of `The Lottery,'” February 1986
  • John Forsyth, Cut Bank High School, Montana, “Images of Love: From Lawyer to English Teacher,” April 1986
  • Ann Lavine, Illinois State University, “Virginia Woolf’s ‘The Legacy,'” February 1986
  • Leslie Patterson, Conroe High School, Texas, “Becoming a Teacher/Researcher: Another Avenue to Excellence,” November 1985
  • Junior high: Marylin J. Nelson, Kalispell Junior High School, Montana, “Sound Collages in Poetry,” April 1986
  • Joel S. Turvey, Cedar Park Intermediate School, Beaverton, Oregon, “Investigate a Culture: Map, Research, Present, and Write,” January 1986

 

1985
Senior high:

  • Joseph I. Tsujimoto, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii, “Re-Visioning the Whole,” September 1984

Junior high:

  • Lynn Vanderburg, “St. Ignatius School District, Montana, “Teaching Poetry on the Reservation,” February 1985

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Rafael C. Castillo, John Marshall High School, San Antonio, Texas, “Recommended: Gabriel Garcia Marquez,” October 1984
  • Willis Bliss Endres, Shady Side Academy, Pittsburgh, “Teaching Vietnam: Reflections beyond the Immediate,” December 1984
  • Robert Olivier, North Attleboro High School, Massachusetts, “A Letter to James Baldwin,” October 1984
  • Rosemary C. Serfilippi, Guilford High School, Connecticut, “Masculine and Feminine Come Together,” March 1985
  • Junior high: Daniel Dyer, Harmon Middle School, Aurora, Ohio, “Teacher Excellence: A Contemporary Oxymoron?” February 1985
  • Joel Goldstein and Harriet Novick, Winthrop Junior High School, Brooklyn, New York, “The YA Option: A Thematic Approach to YA Literature,” November 1984

 

1984
Senior high:

  • Marion S. MacLean, Annandale High School, Virginia, “Voices Within: The Audience Speaks,” November 1983

Junior high:

  • Susan Ohanian, Learning Magazine, “Question of the Day,” November 1983

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Alden S. Blodget, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, New York, “My Teacher/My Self,” November 1983
  • Ruth Michaud, Mt. Vernon High School, Iowa, “Them As Can Should Do,” February 1984
  • Ruth Vinz, Boise High School, Idaho, “1984: Intricate Corridors within a Barren World,” October 1983
  • Margaret W. Withey, Canton High School, Connecticut, “The Computer and Writing,” November 1983
  • Junior high: Michael Moore, Highland Middle School, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, “Writing to Learn, Writing to Teach,” September 1983

 

1983
Senior high:

  • Jayne R. Smith, Thomas Jefferson High School, Port Author, Texas, “Innocent Abroad: The English Teacher in England,” March 1983

Junior high:

  • Andrea Fishman, Wilson Middle School, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, “Moving Up from High School to Middle School,” April 1983

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Susan Tally, Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe Springs, California, and Kathleen Naylor, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, California, “Living in the Mailbox, and Other Strategies for Student Writers,” December 1982
  • Nancy Goodwin, Clinton High School, Oklahoma, “Dancing on the Stage in Your Head,” February 1983;
  • Junior high: Lida Askew, Westchester Junior High School, Houston, Texas, “The Gothic Route to Reading and Writing,” March 1983
  • Barbara Hull, Princess Anne Junior High School, Virginia Beach, Virginia, “For Love of a Bat,” September 1982

 

1982
Senior high:

  • Kay Jacob, Valley View School District, Illinois, “Brave New English Curriculum,” January 1982

Junior high:

  • Christy Hammer, Mickle Junior High School, Lincoln, Nebraska, “Practical Piaget in the Classroom,” November 1981

Honorable mention:

  • Senior high: Richard Calisch, Elk Grove High School, Illinois, “Dante and Oedipus Go to Atlanta, Georgia,” November 1981
  • Honorable mention: Junior high: Susan Mansfield Skean, Fords, New Jersey, “The Pamphlet: A Successful Writing Project,” February 1982

 

1981
Senior high:

  • Carmen W. Holsberry, Newton High School, Sandy Hook, Connecticut, “Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Pynchon: Modernism and Postmodernism in Secondary School,” January 1981
  • Rev. Joseph D. Ayd, Scranton Preparatory School, Pennsylvania, “H.L., Where Are You? A Celebration of Henry Mencken on the Centennial of His Birth,” September 1980

Junior high:

  • Jane Christensen, Everitt Junior High School, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, “Burning and Burnout,” April 1981

Honorable mention:

  • Junior high: Susan Ohanian, W. Kenneth Doyle Middle School, Troy, New York, “Reading for What,” January 1981