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Vaughn, Margaret; Massey, Dixie D. – Guilford Press, 2021
Perhaps no factor has a greater influence on children's literacy learning than exposure to engaging, authentic, culturally relevant texts. This concise practitioner resource and course text helps K--8 teachers make informed choices about using children's literature in their classrooms, from selecting high-quality texts to planning instruction and…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Teaching Methods
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Schall-Leckrone, Laura – Teacher Education Quarterly, 2018
This qualitative research study examined the extent to which novice and student teachers drew upon pre-service preparation to use scaffolding practices identified in the literature as supportive of bilingual learners' (EBs') acquisition of academic content. Data sources included videotaped class observations, lesson plans and teaching materials,…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Qualitative Research, Beginning Teachers, Student Teachers
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Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
To supplement the summer reading of National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) members, the NSTA Committee on Research in Science Education suggested a list of science education research articles that were published in the journals of NSTA's affiliates in 2012. These articles covered a variety of topics that include learning about…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Summer Programs, Reading Materials, Science Teachers
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Ivey, Gay; Johnston, Peter H. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2013
This study examines students' perceptions of the outcomes and processes of engaged reading in classrooms prioritizing engagement through self-selected, self-paced reading of compelling young adult literature. The primary data were 71 end-of-year student interviews, supported by end-of-year teacher interviews, biweekly observational data,…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Adolescent Literature, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes
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Bintz, William P. – Middle School Journal (J3), 2011
Developing and implementing curriculum that is relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory is central to successful middle grades education (Erb, 2005; Jackson & Davis, 2000; National Middle School Association [NMSA], 2003, 2010). However, as one language arts teacher suggests, it can be difficult to create curricula that meet these…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Content Area Reading, Instructional Materials, Educational Strategies
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Kibirige, I. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Reading ability is fundamental to teaching and learning (AFT 2004). This study assessed the reading ability of 25 in-service science educators at the University of Limpopo for three science texts: Grades 7, 8 and 9, using a cloze test and exploring materials that educators read. The scores were categorised as being independent, instructional and…
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Middle Schools, Reading Improvement, Interviews
Dix, Suzanne Liacos – Library Media Connection, 2010
As advocates for reading, librarians cannot help but love a reading program. In this article, the author talks about the Battle of the Books, a reading enrichment program that had been in place since 1996. Battle of the Books promotes reading among middle school students by offering interesting books and a trivia-type competition. The author…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Enrichment Activities, Reading Programs, School Libraries
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Warren-Gross, Laura – Knowledge Quest, 2009
The author's school had just been labeled a failing school by No Child Left Behind when its new principal arrived in the fall of 2007. In this demoralizing climate, teachers can get frustrated and choose to give up, or they can rise to the challenge, create a plan for improvement, and plunge into uncharted waters. This article discusses how the…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Federal Legislation, Leadership Responsibility, Media Specialists
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Mucherah, Winnie; Yoder, Alyssa – Reading Psychology, 2008
This study examined middle school students' reading motivation and its relations to their performance on a standardized test (ISTEP+) in reading. Participants included 388 sixth- and eighth-grade students from two public middle schools. There were 229 females and 159 males. Participants responded to the Reading Motivation Questionnaire after they…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Self Efficacy, Standardized Tests
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Tatum, Alfred W., Ed. – English Journal, 2008
As a literacy consultant who has been working in a high school for close to two years to help close the reading achievement gap between low-performing and high-performing students, the author contends that while certain students may be "overserved" by the social climate of the school, he did not believe they were being "overserved" with texts in…
Descriptors: High Schools, Reading Materials, Reading Material Selection, Reading Achievement
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Sutherland, LeeAnn M. – Elementary School Journal, 2008
This article describes an approach to developing student reading materials that support middle school learners in a project-based, inquiry curriculum for grades 6 through 8. Reading materials are designed to encourage sense making beyond the classroom, as students read and write about science as it takes place in a classroom and as it occurs in…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Middle Schools, Science Course Improvement Projects, Material Development
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Walach, Stephen – English Journal, 2008
In May 2006, the summer-reading committee in the author's middle school debated the relevance of "So Far from the Bamboo Grove" by Yoko Kawashima Watkins and decided against using the book as a required summer-reading selection. Therefore, the author was interested in the controversy that erupted a few months later in Dover-Sherborn, a district…
Descriptors: World History, War, Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries
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Gunter, Glenda; Kenny, Robert – Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 2008
New learning and communications paradigms of today's learners are extending the definition of literacy and directly affecting how reading and writing skills are acquired (Leu, 2000). Mirroring an ever-expanding definition of literacy, new college and K-12 curricular programs that redefine digital media are popping up all over the country. Story is…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods
Durbin, Kathie – Teaching Tolerance, 2005
Notwithstanding the First Amendment, book banning is a practice rooted in American history. In 1873, Congress passed the Comstock Law in an effort to legislate public morality. Though rarely enforced, the act remains on the books. A survey by the National School Boards Association found that one-third of challenges to school reading materials in…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Classics (Literature), Academic Freedom
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Probst, Robert E. – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Contends that comprehension requires not just seeing the text, but seeing through the text to something that lies beyond it. Notes that comprehension is not something achieved but rather is a goal to keep working towards. Concludes that comprehending is a process of creating, often by means of multiple texts and exchanges with other readers. (PM)
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Educational Objectives, Middle Schools, Reading Comprehension
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