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Horan, Deborah A.; Sailors, Misty; Martinez, Miriam; Skerrett, Allison; Makalela, Leketi – International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), 2012
Personal narratives can be powerful venues for understanding human experiences. In this paper, we tell the story of Lutanyani, a Black South African multilingual teacher and author of supplemental reading materials in a marginalized South African language. Through various word images, we convey the role of language, in particular written language,…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, African Languages, Written Language, Foreign Countries
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Sharp, Claudia; Martinez, Miriam – Voices from the Middle, 2010
An instructional framework that included the use of a touchstone text, literature circles, and independent reading and writing created a rich context for the study of mysteries in a fifth-grade classroom. Key points include a) the complexity of the touchstone text as a key factor in shaping the instructional goals in this genre study, and b) the…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Reading Instruction, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia F. – Language Arts, 1997
Presents brief annotations of 28 highly recommended children's picture books. (SR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Picture Books, Reading Material Selection
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia F. – Language Arts, 1996
Provides brief descriptions of 27 picture books and chapter books for children, from many genres, which all feature characters on journeys, often momentous ones. (SR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education, Picture Books, Reading Material Selection
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia – Language Arts, 1996
Presents brief annotations of 29 children's books that engage children's curiosity and promote divergent thinking. Highlights books that encourage readers to be curious, analytical, critical, reflective, and self-aware. (SR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Curiosity, Divergent Thinking, Elementary Education
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia F. – Language Arts, 1997
Provides brief descriptions of 27 children's books that teachers may use in approaching literary study and organizing literature units. Groups the books around literary elements, structures, devices, and genres. (SR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Literary Devices, Literary Genres
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia F. – Language Arts, 1996
Presents brief annotations of 19 children's picture books and 9 chapter books considered by the authors to be too wonderful to miss. (SR)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Books, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia F. – Language Arts, 1995
Presents brief annotations of 14 children's books that take readers beyond their own boundaries to explore other times and other places. (SR)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Books, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia F. – Language Arts, 1995
Highlights 27 books that invite children to write. Organizes them into four types: the predictable story, stories that reflect significant childhood experiences, stories with novel structure or content, and open-ended stories. (SR)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Books, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia F. – Language Arts, 1994
Offers brief descriptions of 24 informational books for children which educate, entertain, and explore the world from a number of different perspectives. Groups books into three broad categories: the natural world around us; people and their endeavors; and other times/other places. (SR)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Fiction
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia F. – Language Arts, 1995
Offers brief annotations of 23 children's books in which characters read, talk about their reading, or in which the act of reading is important to the story line. (SR)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Books, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia F. – Language Arts, 1994
Offers descriptions and annotations of 23 children's books that tend to move students' talk in different directions. (SR)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Books, Childrens Literature, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia F. – Language Arts, 1992
Presents an annotated bibliography of 22 works of children's literature that do not fall easily into thematic categories but which are worth reading nonetheless. (RS)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature, Reading Materials
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia F. – Language Arts, 1995
Offers annotations of 26 illustrated books and chapter books for children and adolescents that the writers of this column consider too good to miss. (SR)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Books, Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education
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Martinez, Miriam; Nash, Marcia F. – Language Arts, 1994
Presents annotations of 26 picture books and chapter books that expose readers to a range of characters and a range of techniques used by authors to develop characters. (RS)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Characterization, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education
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