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ERIC Number: EJ906742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0271-8294
Learning from Expository Texts: Classroom-Based Strategies for Promoting Comprehension and Content Knowledge in the Elementary Grades
Hall-Kenyon, Kendra M.; Black, Sharon
Topics in Language Disorders, v30 n4 p339-349 Oct-Dec 2010
One of the primary purposes of expository text in education is to teach new content. Because elementary grade children are accustomed to applying their literacy skills to reading and writing narratives, they must be taught new skills if they are to access expository content effectively. These skills and practices can be challenging because expository texts require students to handle unfamiliar structural factors (e.g., structural patterns, text features, text signals) in conjunction with new and often challenging content. Children with language impairments or risks often have particular difficulties with these skills. This review article explores some of the challenges associated with expository texts and suggests instructional strategies that may help teachers and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) focus on the relationship and interaction between text content and structure to support children's comprehension and content knowledge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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