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Fountas, Irene C.; Pinnell, Gay Su – Reading Teacher, 2018
Improving literacy outcomes for each and every student is a goal worthy of educators' best efforts. This high goal is made more challenging by shifting mandates in education that can leave literacy professionals and school leaders disoriented, seeking a guaranteed fix. The authors propose a more coherent, more effective way to attain this goal:…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Educational Objectives, Holistic Approach, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ness, Molly; Kenny, MaryBeth – Reading Teacher, 2016
An essential element in teaching children to effectively comprehend text is the use of teacher-led think alouds. This article presents a three-step model to improve the quality and quantity of think alouds in K-6 classrooms. The article follows elementary teachers who planned, implemented, transcribed, and reflected upon think aloud lessons to…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Protocol Analysis, Reading Comprehension, Elementary School Students
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Young, Teresa; Morgan, Ashley – Reading Teacher, 2015
Early childhood teachers promote literacy learning through intentional instructional practices and the establishment of classroom environments that encourage and support the work, interest, and curiosity of young learners. They provide opportunities for children to engage with their teacher and peers and consider this an important component of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Student Projects, Literacy Education, Reading Instruction
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Manyak, Patrick C.; Baumann, James F.; Manyak, Ann-Margaret – Reading Teacher, 2018
The authors address instruction in morphological analysis, a vocabulary-learning approach that involves teaching students the meanings of affixes (prefixes and suffixes) and word roots and a strategy for using knowledge of these morphemic elements to infer the meanings of unfamiliar words. The authors discuss their development of a list of affixes…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Morphology (Languages), Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development
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Pantaleo, Sylvia – Reading Teacher, 2018
Picturebooks are highly sophisticated multimodal ensembles. Understanding the semiotic resources and affordances of the visual mode to represent and communicate meaning is fundamental to appreciating the artistry and complexity of picturebooks. A recent classroom-based research project with grade 2 students featured explicit instruction on…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Illustrations, Semiotics, Elementary School Students
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Kingsley, Tara L.; Grabner-Hagen, Melissa M. – Reading Teacher, 2018
Gamification uses game elements such as quests, challenges, levels, and rewards to motivate and engage students in the classroom. Given the engagement that students feel during gameplay, it is sensible to include elements of game design to motivate students and create a space for comprehensive vocabulary instruction. Designing a gamified…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Game Theory, Curriculum Design
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O'Neil, Kathleen Ellen – Reading Teacher, 2011
Picturebooks tell stories in both words and pictures. Interacting with the printed word, the technical elements of illustration--color, line, shape and composition--work to establish and enhance the story. Sometimes simply by adding description of characters and setting, and, at times, by challenging the veracity of the text with ironic or…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Illustrations, Visual Literacy, Literacy
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Ranker, Jason – Reading Teacher, 2009
This article features a first-grade, ESL classroom in which students engaged in learning to read and write nonfiction as part of a genre study. The most effective way of teaching genres has been an important topic in literacy education. On the one hand, literacy scholars have drawn attention to how overt instruction and scaffolding on the…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Educational Opportunities, Reading Instruction, Nonfiction
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Byington, Teresa A.; Kim, YaeBin – Reading Teacher, 2017
Young children gain emergent literacy skills during the preschool years. Oral language development is enhanced as students engage in dialogue with teachers and peers. The use of topical vocabulary is linked to greater gains in students' vocabulary development. Students acquire emergent writing skills as they participate in spontaneous and guided…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Vocabulary Development
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Fantozzi, Victoria B.; Johnson, Christi; Scherfen, Anneliese – Reading Teacher, 2018
Every day, we are surrounded by stories in print, on social media, in blogs, on the radio, and in stories from our friends and family. The ways people make meaning and communicate are increasingly multimodal and digital; yet, the preschool classroom, for all its multimodal learning, is sometimes devoid of technology. In this action research…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Preschool Education, Educational Technology, Action Research
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Julien, Karen – Reading Teacher, 2018
How can teachers boost motivation and interest in writing when a student has disengaged from writing? This article looks at the case of a student with sensory and social challenges who lost interest in writing. Possible reasons for the loss of interest are explored through the elements that contribute to motivation for learning and for writing.…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Sensory Integration, Interpersonal Competence
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Steeg, Susanna M.; Lambson, Dawn – Reading Teacher, 2015
This article describes how one elementary school's professional development model helped both new and veteran teachers grow in their knowledge and practice of balanced literacy. Created in partnership between university faculty, school administration, and elementary teachers, this multifaceted whole-school PD effort enabled teachers to learn…
Descriptors: Program Descriptions, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers
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Kesler, Ted – Reading Teacher, 2017
Children's literature plays an essential role in the literacy development of children. This department column focuses on the teaching and use of children's literature and provides educators with information about a wide range of books across multiple genres that are representative of the diverse world in which we live. A strong emphasis is placed…
Descriptors: Reading, Poetry, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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Wright, Tanya S. – Reading Teacher, 2014
Content vocabulary is essential for children's comprehension of informational text. Teachers will need to support children in developing the technical or specialized words they need for informational text and in linking these words to key concepts in content area instruction. This article describes the vocabulary instruction that was observed…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Vocabulary Skills, Text Structure, Program Descriptions
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Coiro, Julie – Reading Teacher, 2015
The ability to ask questions is essential to learning, reasoning, and understanding. This column introduces a sequence of activities that incorporate the use of digital images and online texts into intentional opportunities for even the youngest learners to work with their teachers and classmates as they wonder, anticipate, explore, and think…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Electronic Learning, Questioning Techniques
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