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James Blasingame

James.Blasingame@asu.edu

Assoc Professor
English
Faculty
Mail Code: 0302

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(480)965-6074

Bio

Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Kansas University

Bio

Dr. Blasingame focuses on young adult literature, secondary writing instruction, preparing pre-service teachers, and cowboy poetry. He is co-editor of The ALAN Review, a journal devoted entirely to young adult literature and sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. He also created the Books for Adolescents pages of the Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, which is sponsored by the International Reading Association. Dr. Blasingame is the author of Books That Don’t Bore ‘Em: Young Adult Literature for Today’s Generation (Scholastic, 2007), Gary Paulsen (Teen Reads: Student Companions to Young Adult Literature) (Greenwood Press 2007), Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools (Pearson, Prentice-Hall 2004), and They Rhymed with Their Boots On: A Teacher’s Guide to Cowboy Poetry (The Writing Conference, 2000). He has also published over 60 interviews with poets and authors of young adult literature and over 100 book reviews in VOYA, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The ALAN Review and English Journal. Dr. Blasingame creates the annual Honor List of young adult literature for English Journal along with Dr. Alleen Nilsen and Dr. Ken Donelson. He has given presentations performing cowboy poetry at the National Council of Teachers of English convention, the International Reading Association, and the Western States Conference on Rhetoric and Composition.

Dr. Blasingame is past president of the Arizona English Teachers’ Association and is the 2008 ASU  Professor of the Year.  He is the 2008 International Reading Association Arbuthnot Award winner for outstanding professor of children's and young adult literature.  He was the recipient of the 2007 ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award for the Humanities and one of eleven ASU professors to be given the 2007 Arizona State University Parents’ Association Professor of the Year Special Recognition Award. 

Before coming to ASU in 2000, Dr. Blasingame spent twenty-four years in secondary education including: three years in high school administration at Interstate 35 High School (Truro, Iowa), and Bishop Miege High School (Shawnee Mission, Kansas); eighteen years in English education at Girls and Boys Town High School (Boys Town, Nebraska); American Fork High School (American Fork, Utah); and Dowling High School (West Des Moines, Iowa). He also spent two years coaching college athletics at Western State College (Gunnison, Colorado) and Simpson College (Simpson, Iowa).

Teaching

Dr. Blasingame teaches the following courses:

ENG 480/598: Methods of Teaching English: Composition
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to teach writing at the middle and high school levels. Students will gain a repertoire of instructional and evaluative techniques for teaching the various modes of writing and for helping their students to improve their written products. Students will practice using the Six-trait approach for instruction and assessment, guiding writers through a process model, creating a writers' workshop, using writing portfolios, teaching writing across the curriculum, designing composition units and integrating writing instruction with other language arts and other disciplines. ENG 480 ties in closely with ENG 482 (Methods of Teaching Language). Prerequisites: ENG 312 or ENG 314 or permission from the instructor. A grade of at least "C" in this course is required before students are permitted to student teach.

ENG 482/598: Methods of Teaching English: Language
This course focuses on the knowledge and techniques necessary to teach language at the middle and high school levels. Students will not only improve their understanding of English language concepts and skills, but also develop a repertoire of instructional techniques for teaching these concepts and skills in the secondary classroom. Students will create lessons and practice-teach them for assessment and improvement. Prerequisite: ENG 312, or 314, or the permission of the instructor. A grade of at least "C" in this course is required in order for students to receive permission to student teach.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EDA 792 Research
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 484 Internship
ENG 584 Internship

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
DCI 784 Internship
EDA 792 Research
EDA 799 Dissertation
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 484 Internship

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EDA 792 Research
EDA 799 Dissertation
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 484 Internship
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature
ENG 584 Internship

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
DCI 784 Internship
EDA 792 Research
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 484 Internship
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature

Summer 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 480 Methods Teaching English: Comp
ENG 484 Internship

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
DCI 784 Internship
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 484 Internship

Summer 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 480 Methods Teaching English: Comp
ENG 507 Methods/Issues Teaching Comp

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 484 Internship
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature

Summer 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 484 Internship
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature

Summer 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 471 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 540 Tchng Young Adult Literature
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Blasingame, James, and Alleen Pace Nilsen and Ken Donelson. "The 2009 Honor List: Timely and Timeless.". English Journal (2011).

  2. Review of: Rev. of Purple Heart.. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2011).

  3. Blasingame, James. "An Interview with A.S. King.". Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2010).

  4. Blasingame, James. "An Interview with J. S. Lewis.". Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2010).

  5. Blasingame, James. "An Interview with Jordan Sonnenblick.". Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2010).

  6. Blasingame, James. "An Interview with Naomi Shihab Nye.". Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2010).

  7. Blasingame, James. "An Interview with Shannon Hale.. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2010).

  8. Blasingame, James, and Ruth Culham and Ray Coutu. Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Traits of Writing.. Scholastic (2010).

  9. Review of: Rev. of Dust of 100 Dogs. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2010).

  10. Review of: Rev. of Grey Griffins: Clockwork Chronicles. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2010).

  11. Review of: Rev. of Rapunzel’s Revenge.. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2010).

  12. Review of: Rev. of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2010).

  13. Review of: Time You Let Me In. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2010).

  14. Blasingame, James. "An Unusual Introduction to Native American YA literature.. The Washington Post online (2010).

  15. Blasingame, James. "Newbery Winner: How Author was Discovered.". The Washington Post online (2010).

  16. James Blasingame Kerri Mathew. "An Interview with P.C. and Kristen Cast.". Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2009).

  17. James Blasingame. "An Interview with Joseph Bruchac.". Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2009).

  18. James Blasingame. "An Interview with Lisa McMann.". Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2009).

  19. James Blasingame. "An Interview with Suzanne Collins.". Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2009).

  20. Nilsen, Alleen Donelson, ken Blasingame, James. "The 2008 Honor List: A Shifting of Paradigms.". English Journal (2009).

  21. Review of: March Toward the Thunder. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2009).

  22. Review of: Rev. of Fade. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2009).

  23. Review of: Rev. of Hunger Games.. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2009).

  24. Review of: Rev. of Peter Wicked. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2009).

  25. Blasingame, James. "Why Edward Cullen & Other Vampires Attract Readers: What the Next Big Thing is in Adolescent Literature.". Washington Post online (2009).

  26. Blasingame, James. An Interview with Bill Konigsberg. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

  27. Blasingame, James. An Interview with Broos Campbell. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

  28. Blasingame, James. An Interview with Chris Crutcher. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

  29. Blasingame, James. An Interview with David Harrison and Sandy Asher. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

  30. Blasingame, James. An Interview with Ned Vizzini. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

  31. Blasingame, James. An Interview with Ralph Fletcher. of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

  32. James Blasingame. From Wellpinit to Reardan: Sherman Alexie’s Journey to the National Book Award. The ALAN Review (2008).

  33. Nilsen, Alleen Pace, James Blasingame, Jr., and Ken Donelson. The 2007 Honor List: A Harvest from the World at Large. English Journal (2008).

  34. Nilsen, Alleen, and James Blasingame. Getting Up Close and Personal with Living Authors. English Journal (2008).

  35. Review of: Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

  36. Review of: Dude! Stories and Stuff for Boys. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

  37. Review of: Extras. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

  38. Review of: One O'Clock Chop. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

  39. Review of: Out of the Pocket. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

  40. Review of: Specials. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008).

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Presentations

  1. Blasingame, James "To Infinity and Beyond!: Teaching Science Fiction with Video Gaming and Technology in the 21st Century.. Internatinnal Reading Association International Convention Special Interest Group on Adolescent Lit. (May 2011).
  2. Blasingame, James "The Last Book in the Universe: Fighting for Books in the 21st Century.". 41st Annual ASU Language and Literacy Conference. (Feb 2011).
  3. Blasingame, James, and Ruth Culham, Gary Paulsen, Maggie Steivater "Using Mentor Texts in the Teaching of Writing.". National Council of Teachers of English. (Nov 2010).
  4. Blasingame, James What’s New and Might Fit You: Something for Everyone in Young Adult Literature. State of Maryland International Reading Association Conference. (May 2010).
  5. Blasingame, James "Differentiating Reading Instruction for Adolescents. International Reading Association International Convention. (Apr 2010).
  6. Blasingame, James "Using Poetry in the Content Areas.. Phoenix Diocese Professional Development Day. (Mar 2010).
  7. Blasingame, James "What’s New in Young Adult Literature?". Diocese Professional Development Da. (Mar 2010).
  8. Blasingame, James "Motivating Reluctant Writers with Poetry.". Diocese Professional Development Day. (Mar 2010).
  9. James Blasingame, Simon Ortiz, Laura Tohe, Nikki Grimes, Alberto Rios, Sara Holbrook, Kyle Wilson "Poetry Olio.". International Reading Association West Convention. (Feb 2010).
  10. James Blasingame Kenan Metzger "Similarities and Differences in Native American and African American Protagonists in Young Adult Literature.". National Council of Teachers of English, ALAN Workshop 2009. (Nov 2009).
  11. James Blasingame Ruth Culham Maureen Johnson "The Secrets of Middle School and YA Readers and Writers Revealed.". National Council of Teachers of English. (Nov 2009).
  12. James Blasingame "Using Poetry to Inspire Personal Narratives.". Tempe High School District Inservies. (Nov 2009).
  13. James Blasingame "What’s New in Young Adult Literature.". Tempe Elementary School District Professional. (Oct 2009).
  14. James Blasingame Motivating Reluctant Writers. Tempe Elementary School District Professional. (Oct 2009).
  15. James Blasingame "What’s New in Young Adult Literature?". Pinal County Educators’ Convention. (Sep 2009).
  16. James Blasingame "What’s New in Young Adult Literature?". Tempe High School District Professional Dvelopment Day. (Sep 2009).
  17. James Blasingame "What’s New in Young Adult Literature?". Pima County Libraries. (Sep 2009).
  18. James Blasingame "Writing in the Content Areas.". Cave Creek Unified School District Fall 2009 Inservice Day. (Sep 2009).
  19. James Blasingame "What’s New in Young Adult Literature?". Arizona Education Expo 2009. (Jun 2009).
  20. James Blasingame Wikiwire: A Project to Enhance Literacy. ASU Decision Theater Production. (May 2009).
  21. James Blasingame "What’s New in Young Adult Literature?". Arizona Teen Resources Summit. (May 2009).
  22. James Blasingame "Who’s Afraid of Virginia (Euwer) Wolf?: Choosing and Using Young Adult Literature.". International Reading Association East Convention, Minneapolis, MN. (May 2009).
  23. James Blasingame "James Houck Memorial Lecture.". Youngstown State University 2009 English Festival. (Apr 2009).
  24. James Blasingame "What’s New in Young Adult Literature?". 36th Annual ASU Language and Literacy Conference. (Feb 2009).
  25. James Blasingame "Who’s Afraid of Virginia (Euwer) Wolf?: Choosing and Using Young Adult Literature.". International Reading Association West Convention, Phoenix, AZ. (Feb 2009).
  26. Blasingame, James Adolescent Literature for the 21st Century. NCTE. (Nov 2008).
  27. Blasingame, James, and Peter Goggin Shifting Literacies: New Media Studies, Science Fiction, and Gaming in the High School Classroom. NCTE. (Nov 2008).
  28. Blasingame, James, Beverly Chin, Laurie Smith, Dorothy Susag Culturally Sensitive Strategies for Teaching Native American Literature. NCTE. (Nov 2008).
  29. Blasingame, James, Aaron Levy, and Beverly Chin Advice for the Lovelorn: Dating Faux Pas and Successes in Young Adult Literature. NCTE. (Nov 2008).
  30. Blasingame, James, Brannon, April, Sandhoff, Rebecca, Gillis, Bryan, Wolterbeek, Elle, Pegram, David, McCawley, Corrine What a Novel Idea: New Ways to Tell a Tale. National Council of Teachers of English 2006 Convention/ALAN Workshop. (Nov 2006).
  31. Blasingame, James, Holbrook, Sarah, Salinger, Michael, Wold, Alan Performance Poetry. National Council of Teachers of English 2006 Convention. (Nov 2006).
  32. Blasingame, James What's New in Young Adult Literature. Writers at Work Culham Writing Conference. (Jul 2006).
  33. Blasingame, James What's New in Young Adult Literature?. 2006 ASU Language and Literacy. (Jul 2006).
  34. Blasingame, James The Mouse that Roared: A Vocabulary Lesson from Bodybuilders. The Writing Conference. (Mar 2006).
  35. Blasingame, James What's New in Young Adult Literature. The Writing Conference. (Mar 2006).
  36. Blasingame, James, Mason, Katie Using Technology in the Teaching of Young Adult Literature. The Writing and Literature Festival, University of Kansas. (Feb 2006).
  37. Blasingame, James, Kaulaity, Marlinda, Kellher, Wendy, Metzger, Kenan Hearing the Silent Voices: Native American Students and Young Adult Literature. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of National Council of Teachers of English. (Nov 2005).
  38. Blasingame, James Hearing the Silent Voices: Native American Students and Young Adult Literature. National Council of Teachers of English 2005 Convention. (Nov 2005).
  39. Blasingame, James, Gillis, Bryan, Jimenez, Patiricia, Horrocks, Caitlin, Hoover, Megan, Pegram, David, Sandhoff, Rebecca Help Wanted: Teaching the Short Story Collection by Gary Soto. Arizona English Teacher's Association State Convention. (Oct 2005).
  40. Blasingame, James Writing Across the Content Areas. Writers at Work Conference. (Jul 2005).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Mcnamara,Danielle S. * , Blasingame,James Bryan , Roscoe,Rod David , . Exploration of Automated Writing Strategy Instruction for Adolescent Writers Using the Writing Pal. ED-IES (7/1/2012 - 6/30/2016).
  2. Early,Jessica Singer * Blasingame,James Bryan . Central Arizona Writing Project. NATL WRITING PROJECT (2/1/2009 - 6/30/2013).
  3. Blasingame,James Bryan * . FIPSE WRITING COALITION. TIDEWATER COMM. COLLOGE (9/1/2002 - 6/30/2004).

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Service

  1. Arizona State University: Kappa Delta Sorority, Advisor (2005 - present)
  2. English Department Curriculum Committee, Member (2005 - present)
  3. Arizona State University: Freshman Discovery Tour, (2003 - present)
  4. Gila Bend High School, partnership to improve writing instruction, (2003 - present)
  5. One BookArizona Selection Committee, Committee (2003 - present)
  6. Arizona English Teachers' Association, Executive Committee (2001 - present)
  7. Arizona Higher Education: Articulation Task Force, Member (2000 - present)
  8. English Department Research and Creative Activities Committee, Committee tasks (2000 - present)
  9. Kids Need to Read Foundation, Chair (2008 - 2012)
  10. Metro Technical High School Writing Center, Trainer/Director (2011 - 2012)
  11. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Editor of Books for Adolescents section (2002 - 2012)
  12. Arizona Department of Education Writing Assessment Instrument Committee, committee member (2009 - 2011)
  13. Kids Need to Read Foundation, Board of Directors (2008 - 2011)
  14. Kids Need to Read Foundation, Chair (2008 - 2011)
  15. English Department Hiring Committee, Committee member (2009 - 2011)
  16. Beta Project, Coordinator (2007 - 2011)
  17. Arizona Department of Education K-12 Writing Standards, Committee (2004 - 2011)
  18. Distinguished Teaching Academy, president-elect (2010 - 2011)
  19. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Editor of Books for Adolescents section (2002 - 2011)
  20. Central Arizona Writing Project, Director (2009 - 2011)
  21. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents National Workshop, conference chair (2009 - 2010)
  22. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, President (2009 - 2010)
  23. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, President (2008 - 2010)
  24. English Dept Personnel committee, member (2007 - 2010)
  25. English Department Homecoming Committee, chair (2007 - 2010)
  26. Mesa Native American Curriculum Project, coordinator (2008 - 2010)
  27. The ALAN Review, Co-Editor (2002 - 2009)
  28. Mesa Native American Curriculum Committee, Committee member (2008 - 2009)
  29. Arizona English Teachers' Association, President (2006 - 2008)
  30. Voice of Youth Advocacy, Book Reviewer (2003 - 2008)
  31. Mesa Writing Project, Director (2006 - 2008)
  32. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate, Senator (2006 - 2008)
  33. University Faculty Senate, Senator (2006 - 2008)
  34. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English, Board of Directors (2002 - 2007)
  35. ASU/Mesa Public Schools Beta Project, Mesa Writing Project Director (2006 - 2007)
  36. SIGNAL: International Reading Association Special Interest Group on Adolescent Literature, Board of Directors (2005 - 2007)
  37. Arizona English Teachers' Association Annual Conference, Co-Chair (2004 - 2006)
  38. Arizona English Teachers'Association, President (2003 - 2006)
  39. FIPSE Writing Coalition Site,ASU/Tempe School District # 3, Project Director (2003 - 2005)
  40. Fees Fire Writers After-School Writing Project, Project Director (2001 - 2005)

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