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Husbye, Nicholas E.; Buchholz, Beth; Coggin, Linda; Powell, Christy Wessel; Wohlwend, Karen E. – Language Arts, 2012
Utilizing a New Literacies Studies framework, this article presents critical lessons in film production from a multiple site case study. Examples of children's classroom experiences demonstrate how filmmaking and play come together in a process of storying--a collaborative and multimodal approach to text composition. Students in both preschool and…
Descriptors: Film Production, Reading Instruction, Popular Culture, Case Studies
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Glasswell, Kath; Ford, Michael – Language Arts, 2011
In this article, the authors propose a revised way of thinking about reading levels, one that promotes a wider and more flexible view of teacher decision making about the use of leveled texts in classrooms. They share five key principles to consider when looking at the use of instruction that involves matching leveled materials with readers.…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Language Arts, Reading Skills
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Maniates, Helen; Mahiri, Jabari – Language Arts, 2011
NCLB and Reading First are negotiated in implementing beginning reading instruction. The article describes and analyzes how two critical conditions for creating opportunity--access to qualified teachers and rigorous academic curriculum--are met by examining the enactment and adaptation of a prescriptive core reading program disproportionately…
Descriptors: Expertise, Teacher Effectiveness, Beginning Reading, Reading Programs
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Dixon, Carol N.; Green, Judith – Language Arts, 2009
In this article, the authors present a "telling case" of the history of the Santa Barbara Classroom Discourse Group (SBCDG) and describe how policies supported and constrained the work of this sustaining community. As a telling case, this discussion of policy issues that were constructed and faced by members of the SBCDG does not claim…
Descriptors: Group Experience, Policy Analysis, Case Studies, Inquiry
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Wohlwend, Karen – Language Arts, 2008
This reconceptualization of play as an embodied literacy explores how its multimodal facility for manipulating meanings and contexts powerfully shapes children's learning and participation in classrooms. Three examples from one focal kindergarten in a three year study of literacy play in early childhood classrooms illustrate how young children…
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Learning Modalities, Kindergarten
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Wollman, Julie E. – Language Arts, 2007
Looking at literacy teaching across classrooms at the urban Mill City Charter School provides an opportunity to explore the importance of coherence within a school. This work was informed by teachers' voices and classroom observations over several months. Findings suggest that when teachers and school leaders share a common theory and vision for…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Charter Schools, Faculty Development, Teacher Administrator Relationship
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Gebhard, Meg; Harman, Ruth; Seger, Wendy – Language Arts, 2007
Using a case study approach, the authors describe how a teacher used the tools of systemic functional linguistics (SFL) to teach her fifth grade English Language Learners how to use academic language to challenge school policies regarding recess. In reflecting on these data, we discuss the potential of SFL to support teachers in responding to…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Grade 5, Case Studies, Academic Discourse
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Leland, Christine H.; Harste, Jerome C.; Shockley, Caroline J. – Language Arts, 2007
The word "attitude" has different meanings. While some educators wish their students had less attitude, others are looking for ways to help students develop the kind of questioning, critical attitude that will allow them to interrogate and rethink what they already know or take for granted. This article describes a teacher education program that…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Gray, Esther Cappon – Language Arts, 2006
The article examines third graders who use reading, speaking, writing, gestures, and visual representation strategically in their inquiry research and to share what they learn. Examples of their speaking, writing and drawing shows their developing skill in choosing semiotic meaning-making systems appropriately for the purpose of developing their…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Playwriting, Language Usage, Multiple Intelligences
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Ranker, Jason – Language Arts, 2006
An eight-year-old boy, Adrian, draws subject matter and formats for his writing from a new, digital medium: the video game. (Contains 2 tables and 5 figures.)
Descriptors: Video Games, Writing (Composition), Correlation, Story Telling
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Blair, Heather A.; Stanford, Kathy – Language Arts, 2004
Details about a two-year ethnographic case study research in middle school boys to understand school literacy are presented. The study revealed that boys resist many school-based practices by transforming the assigned literacy work.
Descriptors: Males, Literacy, Middle School Students, Case Studies
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Anderson, Michael – Language Arts, 2003
Describes how a teacher finds value in popular culture and violent writing by closely examining the writing of a student who laces his stories with explosions and battles. Finds that once he began to see the similarities between the media his student experiences, the writing the student prefers, and his own favorite media and writing, the teacher…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Grade 4, Grade 5, Intermediate Grades
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Swaim, James F. – Language Arts, 2002
Describes a "dialogic" (Bakhtin, 1981) writing workshop that is responsive to the social priorities of children and that reconsiders dilemmas within an alternative framework. Notes that the experiences and tests of two writers in third grade highlight the way identity and sense of self can be developed and explored in a writing community that…
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Case Studies, Cooperation, Fiction
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Wolf, Shelby Anne; Wolf, Kenneth Paul – Language Arts, 2002
Focuses on what the authors have learned from six exemplary teachers of writing who teach within high-stakes accountability systems. Notes that based on what they have seen in the teachers' classrooms and discussed with them and their students, their response to the reality of high-stakes testing is the need to "teach true and to the test in…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary Education, High Stakes Tests, Teaching Methods
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Shannon, Patrick – Language Arts, 2002
Shares stories of the author's family's literacy projects in schools, at home, and on the street to explore how critical literacy can become part of everyday lives and dreams for a better future. Articulates the seriousness of these projects, how these projects spring from our questions and interests, and how they can inform educators about…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Enrichment Activities, Family Literacy, Futures (of Society)
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