ERIC Number: EJ692264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Reference Count: 41
Expository Text Comprehension: Helping Primary-Grade Teachers Use Expository Texts to Full Advantage
Hall, Kendra M.; Sabey, Brenda L.; McClellan, Michelle
Reading Psychology an international quarterly, v26 n3 p211-234 Jul-Aug 2005
This study investigated the effectiveness of an instructional program designed to teach expository text comprehension during guided reading. Participants included 72 second graders in six classrooms, organized into four guided reading groups in each class (n = 24). The six classes were randomly assigned to one of three groups: Text Structure, Content, and No Instruction. The Text Structure group focused on text structure awareness. The Content group focused on background knowledge and vocabulary. The No Instruction group carried out their regular instruction. Findings suggest that text structure is an effective strategy for promoting expository text comprehension and that young children benefit from well-structured texts.
Descriptors: Grade 2, Text Structure, Reading Comprehension, Teaching Methods, Expository Writing, Instructional Effectiveness, Knowledge Level, Prior Learning, Vocabulary
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 2
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