California English Call for Manuscripts

November 2017 Issue

Due Date: October 1, 2017


Social psychologists Emanuele Castano and David Comer Kidd have conducted
experiments whose findings suggest that reading literary fiction improves our capacity for
understanding how other people’s beliefs and desires may be different from our own. How
have you used literature to teach empathy? What works have elicited particularly poignant,
surprising, and powerful responses from your students? Can reading books make us better
people? Have you found nonfiction texts that have had the same effect?

Manuscripts are peer reviewed. Please send submissions to California English editor, Carol Jago. Articles should be limited to 2,500 words. Please submit manuscripts via email to


February 2018 Issue

Due Date: January 1, 2018


Evaluating student progress is one of the most difficult aspects of teaching. Is it
possible to measure students’ understanding of a poem? This issue of California English
invites you to share the tools and techniques you use to assess student learning. What kind
of feedback results in continuous progress? How do you create authentic incentives that
engage students in the work at hand? How have external measures influenced your
classroom practice.