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ERIC Number: EJ977750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-1057-3569
Moving out of Silence: Helping Struggling Readers Find Their Voices in Text-Based Discussions
Hall, Leigh A.
Reading & Writing Quarterly, v28 n4 p307-332 2012
This article examines how 3 sixth-grade social studies teachers increased struggling readers' participation in text-based discussions and changed how they applied reading comprehension strategies. Students worked in small groups with peers who read above, on, or below grade level but shared similar beliefs about themselves as readers. Discussion transcripts showed that students who read below grade level began the study in relative silence compared to their peers who were reading on or above grade level. However, over time, struggling readers increased their verbal participation in small-group discussions and took on leadership roles. Interviews and discussions suggested that struggling readers changed their interactions after witnessing their peers struggling with texts and using comprehension strategies. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Gates MacGinitie Reading Tests