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ERIC Number: EJ882906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
A Lesson Cycle for Teaching Expository Reading and Writing
Montelongo, Jose; Herter, Roberta J.; Ansaldo, Robert; Hatter, Naomi
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v53 n8 p656-666 May 2010
This article presents a lesson cycle of activities for teaching reading and writing skills for expository text. The lesson cycle consists of four parts: (1) vocabulary words, (2) text structures, (3) modified sentence completion activity, and (4) rewriting text. Sixth- and seventh-grade summer school students were taught to recognize and deconstruct five different types of expository paragraphs into their main ideas and supporting details over a five-week period. The students were also encouraged to rewrite the expository paragraphs in their own words. The results of the summer program showed that students improved their ability to locate main ideas. The results also demonstrated that students were willing to take ownership of expository paragraphs when they understood the texts they were reading and could work with the texts to further demonstrate their comprehension. (Contains 6 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California