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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