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Yoon, Haeny S. – Reading Teacher, 2019
Emergent language learners develop literacy through social interactions in multiple, overlapping communities: home, school, peer groups, and popular culture. The author focuses on how classrooms can be spaces that cultivate authentic literacy engagements while incorporating and valuing students' existing language resources.
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Creativity, Multilingualism, Popular Culture
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Briceño, Allison; Klein, Adria F. – Reading Teacher, 2019
Using running records as a lens to facilitate multilingual students' language and literacy development can help teachers recognize and build on students' linguistic capital. The authors analyzed 123 running records of Spanish-speaking first graders to begin to identify the types of language-related errors they made when reading. Using an assets…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Literacy
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Smith, Jennifer M. – Reading Teacher, 2019
Middle school students participated in a summer online book club as an opportunity to read and discuss texts during the summer months. The author provides considerations for educators who may be interested in conducting summer online book clubs with their students, based on student interviews and observations throughout the summer book club.
Descriptors: Books, Clubs, Computer Mediated Communication, Summer Programs
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Northrop, Laura; Andrei, Elena – Reading Teacher, 2019
The authors present a tool that teachers can use to evaluate the rigor of vocabulary apps for their English learners. The tool asks about effective instructional practices, types of instructional activities, and technology features. The authors used the evaluation tool to examine 53 vocabulary apps for English learners and found overall app…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computer Software
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Laman, Tasha Tropp; Henderson, Janelle W. – Reading Teacher, 2019
The authors share how culturally relevant photographs reflecting children's lives and communities were curated and integrated into the literacy curriculum.
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Photography, Reading Instruction, Literacy Education
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Kaye, Elizabeth L.; Lose, Mary K. – Reading Teacher, 2019
Letter learning is nuanced, complex, and essential to the development of an effective literacy processing system. Forming and naming letters, rapidly differentiating between visually similar letters, and recognizing their sound correspondences are foundational to becoming a reader and writer. Indeed, control over letters affects monitoring,…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Alphabets, Beginning Reading, Emergent Literacy
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Kleekamp, Monica C.; Zapata, Angie – Reading Teacher, 2019
Diverse classroom libraries offer opportunities for students to not only see themselves represented in books but also encounter lived experiences and perspectives that are different from their own. As classrooms increasingly include learners with cognitively and physically diverse abilities, teachers are faced with the challenge of selecting…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Childrens Literature, Inclusion, Reading Material Selection
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Bacchioni, Shelby; Kurstedt, Rosanne L. – Reading Teacher, 2019
If you were to walk into this second-grade classroom during reading workshop, you would notice students reading books specific to their reading level and interest. You would also notice students using different tools to support their reading development. One of the teacher's goals is to help students become independent readers who are able to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Reading Instruction, Independent Reading
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Stewart, Melissa; Young, Terrell A. – Reading Teacher, 2019
To craft engaging nonfiction prose, young writers should focus on a specific idea or concept of interest and use acclaimed children's books as mentor texts to help them understand options for developing their ideas. In this article, the authors provide examples of high-quality children's nonfiction for exploring various formats and text structures…
Descriptors: Nonfiction, Childrens Literature, Text Structure, Expressive Language
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Hoch, Mary L.; McCarty, Ryan; Gurvitz, Debra; Sitkoski, Ivy – Reading Teacher, 2019
Although many students spend a considerable amount of time online, teachers cannot assume that students have the skills necessary for online reading and writing. Instruction in locating, navigating, organizing, and producing information in the online world is integral to students' mastery of digital literacy. The authors detail the use of guided…
Descriptors: Literacy, Navigation (Information Systems), Teaching Methods, Literacy Education
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Nash, Kindel; Panther, Leah; Elson, Kerry – Reading Teacher, 2019
A century of research has shown that culturally relevant, responsive, and sustaining literacy teaching is essential to teaching all students well and is especially crucial for students of color, who most often attend urban schools. The authors share one innovative and culturally sustaining literacy practice that critically centers kindergarten and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Culturally Relevant Education, Literacy Education, Minority Group Students
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Thomas, Katina L. – Reading Teacher, 2019
The early reading gap among diverse subgroups of students in schools has made teachers conscious of how students' culture affects their perceptions of reading and the literacy materials now being used in classrooms. The reported racial and gender gap among elementary literacy readers leaves African American boys on the fringes of literacy growth…
Descriptors: Males, African American Students, Culturally Relevant Education, Literacy Education
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Coakley-Fields, Mary R. – Reading Teacher, 2019
The author presents findings from a yearlong study of the ways an inclusive fourth-grade teacher and her students talked about reading outside of formal reading lessons. Findings indicated that across the school day, especially during informal moments, students narrated connections and disconnections between their experiences and realistic fiction…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Grade 4, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Rawlins, Amanda; Invernizzi, Marcia – Reading Teacher, 2019
Sight word learning occurs in most early elementary classrooms. Some kindergarten students face the prospect of learning up to 100 sight words, and many teachers feel pressure to ensure that students know lists of words by the year's end. The authors offer five assertions about sight word learning to direct teachers and administrators toward the…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Beginning Reading, Vocabulary Development, Kindergarten
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McVicker, Claudia J. – Reading Teacher, 2019
The iPad has risen to become the preferred affordable device for classroom instruction and reading. Although multiple studies have been conducted on reading instruction and efficacy using iPads, little empirical research currently has supported the iPad as a preferential choice by readers. Therefore, in this study, the author aimed to investigate…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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