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Neuman, Susan B.; Celano, Donna; Portillo, Maya – American Educational Research Journal, 2021
Recognizing the academic benefits of access to print for young children, book distribution programs abound in the United States. Designed to promote book ownership for low-income families, programs have unique delivery systems, leading to a largely fragmented policy. This article describes an urban city's effort to build a coordinated book…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Reading Materials, Books, Low Income Groups
Kurtz, Holly; Lloyd, Sterling; Harwin, Alex; Chen, Victor; Furuya, Yukiko – Editorial Projects in Education, 2020
In fall of 2019, the EdWeek Research Center set out to gain a clearer sense of nationwide teacher and teacher education perceptions and practices by sending out two surveys about topics related to early reading instruction, especially as it related to phonics. One survey was taken by 674 K-2 and elementary special education teachers who indicated…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Early Reading, Reading Instruction, Phonics
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DiObilda, Nicholas A.; Petrillo, Robert L. – American Educational History Journal, 2020
This study examines the specific recommendations of prominent educators and student readers of the nineteenth century regarding word recognition instruction and the varied activities which support such instruction. In the nineteenth century books, the authors examine all explicit instructions to the teachers in both front and end matter and then…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Educational History, Word Recognition, Reading Materials
McDonald, Stacy L. M. – ProQuest LLC, 2019
The purpose of this study was to systematically review research on the relationship between parent engagement and student reading outcomes in Title I schools at Kindergarten level. The following research questions guided this study: (1) What is the relationship between parent engagement and student reading literacy outcomes in low socioeconomic…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Parent Participation, Beginning Reading
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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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Kucirkova, Natalia – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
Since the early 2010s, there has been a proliferation of new platforms for children's stories (e.g. storybook apps or iBooks), but not necessarily greater diversity of story content or children's greater interest in reading. This article argues for a new approach to address the apparent paradox of a wider availability of children's literature…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Reading Interests, Story Reading
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Chung, Mi-Hyun; Keckler, Barbara – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2016
This paper will explain what a reading teacher learned from working with a group of first-grade struggling readers in a series of shared-book experience classes. The shared-book experience approach used a variety of science-themed books that were aligned with the first-grade curriculum and appropriate for beginning readers. Considering the…
Descriptors: Books, Scientific Literacy, Reading Difficulties, Reading Teachers
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Buescher, Eileen M.; Lightner, Sarah C.; Kelly, Robert H. – Multicultural Education, 2016
The purposes of this study were to examine the diversity of the authors and illustrators in core reading series and to evaluate the opportunities and limitations of these texts in relation to the goals of multicultural education. The authors began their research concerned about whose stories are told in core reading series, and who gets to tell…
Descriptors: Authors, Illustrations, Reading Materials, Textbooks
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Fitzgerald, Jill; Elmore, Jeff; Koons, Heather; Hiebert, Elfrieda H.; Bowen, Kimberly; Sanford-Moore, Eleanor E.; Stenner, A. Jackson – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2015
The Common Core set a standard for all children to read increasingly complex texts throughout schooling. The purpose of the present study was to explore text characteristics specifically in relation to early-grades text complexity. Three hundred fifty primary-grades texts were selected and digitized. Twenty-two text characteristics were identified…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Difficulty Level, Instructional Material Evaluation, Primary Education
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Fitzgerald, Jill; Hiebert, Elfrieda H.; Bowen, Kimberly; Relyea-Kim, E. Jackie; Kung, Melody; Elmore, Jeff – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2015
The research question was, "What text characteristics do primary teachers think are most important for early grades text complexity?" Teachers from across the United States accomplished a two-part task. First, to stimulate teachers' thinking about important text characteristics, primary teachers completed an online paired-text…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Difficulty Level, Reading Materials, Questionnaires
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Duke, Neil K. – Educational Leadership, 2013
Can informational text be used effectively in beginning reading instruction, as mandated by the Common Core State Standards? Yes, writes Nell K. Duke-in fact, the primary grades are the perfect place for informational text. Duke discusses seven features that characterize K-3 classrooms that make good use of informational text: (1) informational…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Beginning Reading
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Patterson, Annette Joyce; Cormack, Phillip Anton; Green, William Charles – Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, 2012
From the late sixteenth century, in response to the problem of how best to teach children to read, a variety of texts, such as primers, spellers and readers were produced in England for vernacular instruction. This paper describes how these materials were used by teachers to develop, first, a specific religious understanding according to the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Instruction, Textbooks, Reading Materials
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Ciampa, Katia – Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2012
Beginning readers' motivation to read and the texts they choose to read impact on their literacy achievement and willingness to engage with reading activities in the primary years of schooling. This study investigated the eBook reading experiences of eight grade 1 students. Eight students were given ten 25-minute sessions with the software…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Publishing, Educational Technology, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Puhalla, Eve M. – Remedial and Special Education, 2011
This study examined the effects of instructional intensity on the acquisition of storybook vocabulary in first graders who were at risk of early reading failure. It also measured whether the intervention was effective for closing the vocabulary knowledge gap between students who were at risk and their average-achieving peers. A total of 66…
Descriptors: Intervention, Reading Aloud to Others, Reading Failure, Vocabulary
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Arciuli, Joanne; Monaghan, Padraic; Seva, Nada – Journal of Memory and Language, 2010
Models of reading aloud have tended to focus on the mapping between graphemes and phonemes in monosyllables. Critical adaptations of these models are required when considering the reading of polysyllables, which constitute over 90% of word types in English. In this paper, we examined one such adaptation--the process of stress assignment in…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Cues, Investigations, Suprasegmentals
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