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Shimek, Courtney – Reading Teacher, 2019
The category of nonfiction picture books has changed in the past few decades, putting more emphasis on engaging writing styles, attention to accuracy, and using synergic relations between images and texts. As a result of this shift, the strategies taught to students for reading nonfiction picture books must change. The author presents five…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Picture Books, Nonfiction
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Kaczmarczyk, Annemarie; Allee-Herndon, Karyn A.; Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth – Reading Teacher, 2019
Systemic racism, and the white privilege that it supports and maintains, remains firmly entrenched in U.S. culture. The current educational climate may be experiencing an increase in racial animus, and students are not immune to the challenges they face as a result. For teachers who truly believe that all children can learn and are entitled to the…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Barriers, Minority Group Students, Literacy
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Culham, Ruth – Reading Teacher, 2019
Learning how to choose and use diverse literature for students to read and as an inspiration for their writing has never been more important, as more than 50% of today's students in U.S. classrooms do not identify as white. This teaching tip explores the importance of finding high-quality diverse literature for all learners and how to use these…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Reading Material Selection, Childrens Literature, Lesson Plans
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Quast, Erin – Reading Teacher, 2019
How might literature be shared with students for transformative purposes? Literature has the power to shape students' worldviews through the exploration of diverse human experiences, but how students engage with diverse characters is important to reaching transformative goals. The author identified teachers' pedagogical moves within a preschool…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Transformative Learning, World Views, Gender Differences
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Freeman, Niecea D.; Townsend, Dianna; Templeton, Shane – Reading Teacher, 2019
The authors detail word-learning strategies from a small-scale early reading intervention for first graders (N = 3) focused on Greek and Latin roots in science-based informational texts. Educators can provide explicit instruction to support student awareness of word structures in content-specific vocabulary, and this instruction can be adapted to…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Morphemes, Morphology (Languages)
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Johnston, Vickie; Martelli, Cynthia Dawn – Reading Teacher, 2019
A university's literacy festival can promote reading and foster the idea that books make a difference, especially to undersupported students from Title I schools. A literacy festival featuring a variety of diverse authors presenting hands-on workshops showcasing their literary craft can enable students from Title I schools to engage with the…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, College School Cooperation, Reading Programs, Literacy Education
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Erickson, Joy Dangora; Wharton-McDonald, Ruth – Reading Teacher, 2019
The authors emphasize the importance of cultivating autonomous motivation for literacy in early childhood by supporting students' basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness while building foundational skills. Additionally, the authors highlight four key findings specific to early childhood (pre-K-2) literacy development:…
Descriptors: Reading Motivation, Emergent Literacy, Early Childhood Education, Psychological Needs
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Manyak, Patrick C.; Manyak, Ann-Margaret; Cimino, Nicole D.; Horton, Amy L. – Reading Teacher, 2019
The authors develop the concept of teaching vocabulary for application (TVA) as a component of comprehensive vocabulary instruction. TVA is instruction that focuses on students' skillful application of small sets of words within academic tasks, such as text analysis and writing. The authors discuss how this instruction, with its extended focus on…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Personality Traits, Writing Skills
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Concannon-Gibney, Tara – Reading Teacher, 2019
Poetry has often been described as the neglected genre despite its potential to engage and motivate students of all abilities in reading and writing. Indeed, poetry provides an excellent forum for the development of literacy skills and strategies in a meaningful context. The author describes how a teacher implemented a poetry genre study in a…
Descriptors: Poetry, Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods
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McTigue, Erin M.; Uppstad, Per Henning – Reading Teacher, 2019
Computer games and computer-assisted instruction have become prevalent in reading classrooms. However, research-based guidance for teacher use of such resources has not progressed at the same rate. In lieu of research, myths circulate about the utility of these resources, particularly when students use computer games independently. The authors…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Computer Games, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Risko, Victoria J.; Reid, Louann – Reading Teacher, 2019
The authors report on substantial evidence documenting what matters in literacy teacher preparation and invite deans, department heads, program directors, literacy teacher educators, and literacy leaders to design programs that are supported by credible evidence of impact.
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Teacher Education, Program Design, Deans
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Kozak, Stephanie; Recchia, Holly – Reading Teacher, 2019
Research has underscored the cognitive benefits of reading, but scholars have also begun to explore its implications in the socioemotional domain. The authors review research exploring the links between reading and social understanding skills such as empathy and perspective taking, examine the qualities of literature that are posited to foster…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Social Development, Empathy, Perspective Taking
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Barone, Diane; Barone, Rebecca – Reading Teacher, 2019
In this exploratory study, the authors investigated students' perceptions of justice. A stanza from a poem was used to stimulate student writing, drawing, and conversation. Students were engaged with the exploration and considered issues surrounding being good or bad, race, and power. They also represented justice abstractly in their drawings and…
Descriptors: Gifted, Student Attitudes, Justice, Poetry
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Colwell, Jamie – Reading Teacher, 2019
The author focuses on selecting texts for disciplinary literacy instruction in elementary grades. Disciplinary literacy instruction is a promising approach to engage students in socially and culturally relevant learning, and the selection of a variety of informational texts is important to planning this type of instruction. Currently, most…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reading Material Selection, Reading Instruction, Culturally Relevant Education
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Newstreet, Carmen; Sarker, Amie; Shearer, Ragina – Reading Teacher, 2019
Children's literature text sets can be powerful tools for teaching students about diversity and literacy, engaging students in authentic purposes for literacy practices while exploring complex issues such as Islamophobia. The authors discuss how an intermediate public school teacher integrated a children's literature text set project exploring…
Descriptors: Empathy, Islam, Muslims, Fear
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