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Yearta, Lindsay – Reading Teacher, 2019
Based on research conducted in a fourth-grade classroom, the author describes one teacher's process for integrating social studies and English language arts using a writers' workshop approach. Furthermore, the fourth-grade teacher was able to provide students with an opportunity to engage in multimodal composition. After conducting research…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Social Studies, Language Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Manyak, Patrick C.; Baumann, James F.; Manyak, Ann-Margaret – Reading Teacher, 2018
The authors address instruction in morphological analysis, a vocabulary-learning approach that involves teaching students the meanings of affixes (prefixes and suffixes) and word roots and a strategy for using knowledge of these morphemic elements to infer the meanings of unfamiliar words. The authors discuss their development of a list of affixes…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Morphology (Languages), Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development
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Philippakos, Zoi A. – Reading Teacher, 2017
Revision is an important aspect of the writing process but is often challenging for students. Peer review can be helpful, but training is needed for it to work effectively. This article suggests an approach to preparing students for peer review by teaching specific evaluation criteria and leading collaborative practice in reviewing papers written…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Revision (Written Composition), Evaluation Criteria
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Rasinski, Timothy V. – Reading Teacher, 2017
Research has indicated that a large percentage of primary-grade students who struggle in reading have not achieved full competency in the foundational reading competencies (word recognition and fluency). In this article, the author argues that more intensive instruction of the foundational competencies is needed and proposes a simple lesson…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Reading Instruction, Reading Improvement, Reading Comprehension
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Brownell, Cassie J. – Reading Teacher, 2017
In response to the growing number of linguistically diverse students in elementary classrooms, this Teaching Tip centers stories of students exploring language identity and use in one fourth-grade classroom in the Midwestern United States. Specifically, the author situates this Teaching Tip by first telling how students engaged in a discussion…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Self Concept, Language Arts, Classroom Techniques
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Dalton, Bridget – Reading Teacher, 2015
Students find multimodal composing highly engaging. Even with students' investment in designing multimodal texts, the teaching process is complex. The purpose for writing, audience, and genre must be considered in relation to the modes, digital authoring and presentation tools, and technology devices that are available to the composer. This…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Grade 4, Writing (Composition), Teaching Methods
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Steckel, Barbara; Shinas, Valerie Harlow; Van Vaerenewyck, Leah – Reading Teacher, 2015
The purpose of this article is to inform teachers about the ways technology can be integrated to add value to literacy instruction. Artistic technology-integrated literacy and disciplinary instruction in preK through grade 4 classrooms is described through the stories of five teachers who were identified as both strong teachers of literacy and…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, Elementary Education
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Roth, Kate; Dabrowski, Joan – Reading Teacher, 2014
Interactive writing is an instructional practice widely considered effective and most appropriate for emergent writers. This article asserts that it is a valuable method for more fluent writers in grades 2-5. It outlines the basic lesson sequence and proposes four key shifts to adapt interactive writing for older, more fluent writers: 1) The…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Interaction, Instructional Effectiveness
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Keith, Karin J.; Pridemore, Celeste B. – Reading Teacher, 2014
This article explains how to create and use a daybook in the literacy classroom. Readers learn what a daybook is, how the daybook in one fourth and fifth grade classroom is structured, and how students in this classroom use that daybook during reading instruction to engage, record important information, and discuss a text.
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Instruction, Grade 4, Grade 5
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D'Ardenne, Charna; Barnes, Debra G.; Hightower, Elaine S.; Lamason, Pamela R.; Mason, Mary; Patterson, Paula C.; Stephens, Nancy; Wilson, Carolyn E.; Smith, Vickie H.; Erickson, Karen A. – Reading Teacher, 2013
A group of elementary school reading teachers used their time in a Professional Learning Community to develop a systematic intervention to address the needs of struggling readers in grades 3 to 5. Working as a team, they identified a collection of books that was culturally diverse, high interest, appealing to boys and girls, aligned with…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Reading Difficulties, Communities of Practice
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Watts-Taffe, Susan; Laster, B. P.; Broach, Laura; Marinak, Barbara; Connor, Carol McDonald; Walker-Dalhouse, Doris – Reading Teacher, 2013
This article addresses approaches to differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students whose literacy needs, interests, and strengths vary widely. This article was designed to support classroom teachers who understand the importance of differentiating instruction, but are unsure of how best to design and implement differentiation within…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Response to Intervention, Classroom Techniques
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Stephens, Diane; Cox, Robin; Downs, Anne; Goforth, Jennie; Jaeger, Lisa; Matheny, Ashley; Plyler, Kristi; Ray, Sandra; Riser, Lee; Sawyer, Beth; Thompson, Tara; Vickio, Kathy; Wilcox, Cindy – Reading Teacher, 2012
As a part of Response to Intervention, for three years, ten reading interventionists provided supplemental support to readers. They formed a learning community, took an inquiry-based approach to assessment and developed a theory of what students needed to know and be able to do as readers. They addressed and learned from several other challenges:…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Low Achievement, Response to Intervention, Academic Support Services
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Hutchison, Amy; Beschorner, Beth; Schmidt-Crawford, Denise – Reading Teacher, 2012
The goal of this investigation was to explore how a fourth grade teacher could integrate iPads into her literacy instruction to simultaneously teach print-based and digital literacy goals. The teacher used iPads for a three-week period during her literacy instruction and selected apps that provided unique approaches to helping the students meet…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Literacy, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education
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Bintz, William P.; Moore, Sara D.; Wright, Pam; Dempsey, Lyndsie – Reading Teacher, 2011
This article reports on one instructional lesson that integrates literacy and mathematics. Specifically, it describes a lesson conducted in a fourth-grade classroom that integrates reading, writing, drawing, and literature to teach linear measurement to the inch and fractional measurement. The article begins with a rationale for integrating…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 4, Childrens Literature
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Montelongo, Jose A.; Hernandez, Anita C.; Herter, Roberta J.; Cuello, Jaime – Reading Teacher, 2011
Latino English learners (ELs) come to elementary classrooms with many English-Spanish cognates in their listening, speaking, reading, and writing vocabularies. Cognates are words that are orthographically, semantically, and syntactically similar in two languages because of a shared etymology. Some cognates are identical in both English and…
Descriptors: Cues, Etymology, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development
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