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Maloch, Beth; Bomer, Randy – Language Arts, 2013
This column responds to a recent push in education policy toward a curriculum that requires students to read and write more informational texts. Most evident in the now well-known Common Core State Standards, these policy moves echo, in some ways, a call by researchers for more informational texts, particularly in primary classrooms. In this…
Descriptors: Literacy, Nonfiction, State Standards, Academic Standards
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Compton-Lilly, Catherine; Gregory, Eve – Language Arts, 2013
This column features two prominent literacy scholars, Catherine Compton-Lilly and Eve Gregory. They discuss their recent research studies in various contexts and describe the reciprocal relationships between school, home, and community literacy practices.
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Family School Relationship, Literacy Education, Language Arts
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Thein, Amanda Haertling – Language Arts, 2013
In recent years, scholars and other educators have encouraged language arts teachers to include LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) issues and texts in their classrooms. Despite these efforts, scholars have pointed out that LGBT perspectives are seldom included in language arts pedagogy. Studies of teacher attitudes toward addressing LGBT…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Resistance (Psychology), Teacher Attitudes, Literature
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Hermann-Wilmarth, Jill; Ryan, Caitlin L. – Language Arts, 2013
Two literacy leaders acknowledge the challenges of teaching LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues in the classroom. While children come from a variety of family structures, it is necessary to acknowledge that a gay individual was once a child sitting in a classroom. An argument against marginalization and an advocacy for inclusion of…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity
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Gatto, Lynn – Language Arts, 2013
This ethnographic study documents how a space for critical literacy practices emerged as one teacher attempted to make literacy learning authentic. The school lunch program in an urban elementary district provided the theme for an authentic and focused literacy unit. Throughout this focus unit, the students not only met state standards but also…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Critical Literacy, Lunch Programs, Urban Schools
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Lysaker, Judith; Thompson, Becky – Language Arts, 2013
Teacher research has a long, rich history. However, teacher research is primarily limited to practicing teachers and those pursuing graduate education. It is only beginning to be used as means of understanding the instructional needs of English learners. In this article, a preservice teacher and her university instructor describe the role of…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, English Language Learners, Literacy, Preservice Teachers
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Smagorinsky, Peter – Language Arts, 2013
L. S. Vygotsky, the psychologist and teacher from Byelorussia who became a central figure in Soviet psychological and educational circles in the 1920s and 1930s, has become a frequent citation in 21st-century scholarship. He is most-often invoked to support some form of instructional scaffolding, based on his idea of the zone of proximal…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Sociocultural Patterns, Role, Emotional Response
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Bomer, Randy; Maloch, Beth – Language Arts, 2013
This article explores the research on the relationship between two particular aspects of poverty and school achievement. In particular, it examines research on food insecurity and oral healthcare among elementary-school-age children. The argument here is that these sorts of experiences of children in poverty account for some of the achievement…
Descriptors: Poverty, Academic Achievement, Food, Hunger
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Language Arts, 2013
This Conversation Currents features Chef Kevin Gillespie, owner of Atlanta restaurant Gunshow, contestant on Bravo's "Top Chef Las Vegas" in 2009, and food activist for various organizations. He shares his journey to becoming a chef, ways to integrate healthy foods in schools, and the role of literacy in nutrition.
Descriptors: Health Programs, Eating Habits, Nutrition, Dietetics
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Summers, William – Language Arts, 2013
Will Summers has been farming since 2007 when he interned for a small community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm in Austin, Texas. His agricultural experience since then has primarily been with nonprofit organizations where he has cultivated vegetables, kept chickens, milked goats, and introduced young people to the wonders of farming and…
Descriptors: Agricultural Occupations, Food, Gardening, Health Promotion
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de la Piedra, Maria Teresa – Language Arts, 2013
Drawing on sociocultural approaches to literacy and literature on the communal spaces of teaching and learning of Latino/as, I share one Mexican border women's life story and analyze her literacies and ways of knowing in relation to the literacy event of giving "consejo." Using data gathered through individual interviews and…
Descriptors: Females, Interviews, Observation, Foreign Countries
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Hamel, Erin Coccia; Shaw, Sally; Taylor, Tammy Smith – Language Arts, 2013
A teacher study group explores issues of home and community literacies with a goal of utilizing out-of-school literacies to support in-school literacy learning. The result was the beginning of a new mindfulness that allowed them to begin to recognize the existence and legitimacy of home and community literacies. They explored how their own biases…
Descriptors: Literacy, Teacher Researchers, Elementary School Teachers, Graduate Students
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Rowe, Deborah; Fain, Jeanne Gilliam – Language Arts, 2013
The Family Backpack Project provided 249 low-income, prekindergarten children and their families with opportunities to read and listen to audio recordings of 3 sets of books in their homes. Families received English or dual-language texts (English plus Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish, or Somali) matched to their home languages. Children and their…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Low Income Groups, Preschool Children, Family Programs
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Curwood, Jen Scott – Language Arts, 2013
This article examines adolescent literacy practices related to "The Hunger Games," a young adult novel and the first of a trilogy. By focusing on the interaction of social identities, discourses, and media paratexts within an online affinity space, this ethnographic study offers insight into how young adults engage with contemporary…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Literacy Education, Identification, Ethnography
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Paugh, Patricia; Moran, Mary – Language Arts, 2013
For four years, Pat Paugh, a university teacher educator, and Mary Moran, a teacher researcher, collaborated on action research by systematically studying literacy development connected to the latter's third-grade community gardening and urban farming curriculum. Their goal was to support an existing classroom culture that valued…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Communities of Practice, Urban Schools, Neighborhoods
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