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Montgomery, Sarah E.; Miller, Wendy; Foss, Page; Tallakson, Denise; Howard, Maria – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2017
Teaching about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, is one way to support students' learning about issues of fairness. However, learning about this document is not enough. Students need to have experiences where they explore issues of justice and equity in order to learn about…
Descriptors: Art Education, Service Learning, Kindergarten, Civil Rights
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Kuhn, Karen E.; Rausch, Casey M.; McCarty, Tiffany G.; Montgomery, Sarah E.; Rule, Audrey C. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2017
Many primary grade students are not afforded nonfiction-rich opportunities, with fiction comprising the majority of books read aloud in classrooms. With the Common Core Standards recommending that half of the texts made available to students be nonfiction, educators are increasing their use of informational text. The present study explored the…
Descriptors: Nonfiction, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills
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Cavanaugh, Dena M.; Clemence, Kimberly J.; Teale, Mikaila M.; Rule, Audrey C.; Montgomery, Sarah E. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2017
This study explored the effects of literacy-rich sociodramatic guided play on kindergarten student literacy performance and behavior. Kindergarten students of varying socioeconomic status attending two elementary schools in the same school district participated in this repeated measures, counterbalanced design study. Students received the mandated…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Emergent Literacy, Reading Tests, Reading Fluency
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Bradford, Kendall L.; Newland, Amanda C.; Rule, Audrey C.; Montgomery, Sarah E. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
Recently-adopted standards call for more emphasis on writing in early elementary grades. Rubrics may assist students in attending to important characteristics of effective writing, but research data on their use in early childhood is lacking. This study explores the effects of rubric use on writing instruction of opinion paragraphs for 20 first…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Scoring Rubrics, Writing Instruction
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Rule, Audrey C.; Montgomery, Sarah E.; Vander Zanden, Sarah M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2014
Nonfiction stories of animal compassion were used in this literacy-social studies integrated lesson to address both efferent and aesthetic stances in transmediation of text from picture books to maps. Preservice early childhood and elementary teachers chose places from the nine recent children's stories, symbolizing them on a map while…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preschool Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Animals
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Zhbanova, Ksenia S.; Rule, Audrey C.; Montgomery, Sarah E.; Nielsen, Lynn E. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2010
Early childhood curricula should be authentic and child-centered, however, many teachers still rely on direct instruction lessons. To better define how an integrated curriculum meets the needs of students, this study examined teacher talk and actions during instructional activities with first and second graders under two conditions: (1)…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Motivation, Grade 2, Teaching Methods