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Hill, K. Dara – Reading Improvement, 2017
The current climate of reading instruction calls for fluency strategies that stress automaticity, accuracy, and prosody, within the scope of prescribed reading programs that compromise teacher autonomy, with texts that are often irrelevant to the students' experiences. Consequently, accuracy and speed are developed, but deep comprehension is…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Instructional Materials, Reading Strategies, Beginning Reading
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Hastings, Kathryn – Reading Improvement, 2016
The benefits of engaging with age-appropriate reading materials in classroom settings are numerous. For example, students' comprehension is developed as they acquire new vocabulary and concepts. The Common Core requires all students have daily opportunities to engage with "complex text" regardless of students' decoding levels. However,…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Learner Engagement, Common Core State Standards, Decoding (Reading)
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McTague, Becky; Abrams, Barbara – Reading Improvement, 2011
A summer reading program for disadvantaged, urban elementary school students provided scaffolded access to books by constructing a book-rich environment, as well as giving supportive strategy instruction for choosing and using reading materials. The program culminated in a book-buying experience in which students chose books for home libraries.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reading Materials, Summer Programs, Student Attitudes
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Little, David C.; Box, Jean Ann – Reading Improvement, 2011
Research has shown that the use of pre-reading activities, such as graphic or advance organizers can positively affect student acquisition of vocabulary and meaning when reading new concepts presented in text. One particularly effective strategy, semantic mapping, can significantly impact students who previously had a lack of prior knowledge on…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Content Area Reading, Semantics, Prior Learning
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Lei, Simon A.; Rhinehart, Patricia J.; Howard, Holly A.; Cho, Jonathan K. – Reading Improvement, 2010
Comprehension in textbooks, scholarly books, and research journal articles, along with identification of important information can be problematic for college students. Reading is fundamental in all academic disciplines. Many college instructors do not see that teaching students reading skills as part of their job, and that reading required…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, College Students, Reading Materials, Reading Skills
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Tran, Anh – Reading Improvement, 2006
Based on a number of publications within the last five years, this article starts with an observation that vocabulary instruction for English-Language Learners is still not given adequate attention. In an attempt to improve the situation, the author suggests a modified approach to extensive reading for vocabulary and reading development. The…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Reading Materials, Vocabulary Development, Reading Instruction
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Tran, Anh – Reading Improvement, 2006
According to research findings in English-language teaching, vocabulary acquisition is not given enough attention. As a result, second-language learners are caught in a difficult situation in reading comprehension. This paper proposes helping English-language learners develop basic vocabulary so that that they can read effectively. The approach to…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, Basic Vocabulary, English (Second Language)
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Cadieux, Alain; Boudreault, Paul – Reading Improvement, 2005
There is a body of literature suggesting that involving parents in their children's education is an effective strategy for children at risk of reading failure. In a pre-test/post-test control group design, parents in an experimental group received reading materials and were trained on techniques to stimulate their child during paired reading at…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Phonemes, Experimental Groups, Academic Ability
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Boody, Robert M. – Reading Improvement, 2003
Considers that because literature can exert such a powerful hold on the imagination, certain works can be used to invite students to become more literate and to encourage students to take responsibility for their ongoing personal development. Notes that reading and other ways of learning are shown in fictional works of Louis L'Amour to be a rich…
Descriptors: Fiction, Individual Development, Literature Appreciation, Reading Materials
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Dulin, Kenneth L. – Reading Improvement, 1971
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Group Reading, Individual Reading, Informal Reading Inventories
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Toothaker, Roy E. – Reading Improvement, 1971
Descriptors: Bibliotherapy, Biographies, Book Reviews, Creative Reading
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Stolee, Peter B. – Reading Improvement, 1971
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Initial Teaching Alphabet, Phonics, Reading Comprehension
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Feldman, Phil; And Others – Reading Improvement, 1983
Reports on the development of a computer program that was used with five different readability formulas to assess levels of reading difficulty. (FL)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Programs, Microcomputers, Readability Formulas
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Shower, Olene G. – Reading Improvement, 1982
Concludes that, if sex role stereotypes have developed prior to school entrance, they have partially diminished by grade six. (FL)
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Females, Grade 6, Intermediate Grades
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Brignac, Burke; Wallace, Deborah S. – Reading Improvement, 1982
Analyzes two commonly used reading programs and indicates their implications for the mainstreamed learning disabled child. (FL)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, Mainstreaming
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