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Kramer-Vida, Louisa; Meier, Karen – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2017
Peers evaluated conference presentations at an annual conference that is sponsored by two professional organizations of literacy educators in one geographic location in New York State. Conference sessions dealt with innovations and programs in schools that encouraged literacy learning. Comments from conference attendees indicated that the…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Conferences (Gatherings), Literacy Education, Professional Associations
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Robertson-Eletto, Joanne; Guha, Smita; Marinelli, Marina – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2017
This photo essay focuses upon the literacy practices of two groups of preschoolers as they built, illustrated, and dictated stories in response to their participation in a "Castle Project." Data, including literacy artifacts, photodocumentation, sociodramatic play scenarios, and conversations are qualitatively analyzed, coded, and…
Descriptors: Literacy, Preschool Children, Toys, Narration
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Davis-Duerr, Jennifer – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2017
Literacy specialists are often overlooked when determining the professional development needs within a school, and yet they are arguably the school's best resource to empower teachers with professional growth to meet state mandates. How can literacy specialists be supported to increase their knowledge and skills so that all educators' and…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Literacy Education, Partnerships in Education, Specialists
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Lawrence, Salika A.; Jefferson, Tiffany; Osborn, Nancy – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2017
This paper describes instructional choices used by two high school teachers to engage students in the research process. Working with diverse learners in large urban high schools, the teachers used different approaches to support students' through the research process. The teachers' intentional teaching helped to engage students through structured…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Comparative Analysis, Student Diversity, Urban Schools
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Stone, Carolyn; Conrad, Deborah – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2017
The use of quality texts in elementary classrooms plays a major role in children's literacy development. Quality children's literature helps learners develop into skilled readers and writers with increased gains in vocabulary knowledge and comprehension. This paper demonstrates how pre-service teachers gained an understanding of the educational…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development, Preservice Teachers
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Philippakos, Zoi A. – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2017
Writing to persuade is an important writing purpose that students and learners need to develop and use both in their academic lives and in the workplace. The Common Core State Standards set specific expectations for students' opinion writing starting from Kindergarten. This article explains the use of response to reading as a way to introduce…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, Writing Strategies, Persuasive Discourse
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Boroson, Barbara – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2016
We hold this truth to be self-evident: Students on the autism spectrum need support with life literacy before they can reach for content literacy. This article provides educators with an understanding of the interplay between life and content literacy in the classroom, as well as strategies to maximize success for these diverse learners. Students…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Literacy, At Risk Students
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Brunow, Valerie – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2016
This article is a resource for educators looking to offer personal instruction and literacy opportunities to secondary students. It provides a thoughtful and in-depth look at the workshop model in a high school setting. It offers methods and suggestions for setting up the workshop model to methods and strategies for diverse learners. The…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Classroom Techniques, Literacy, Writing Workshops
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Philippakos, Zoi A.; MacArthur, Charles A. – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2016
Revision is a challenging step of the writing process and students often focus their attention to mechanics or grammar instead of making organizational and meaning changes. It is important for students to critically read and independently evaluate their work when revising. This practitioner article discusses the importance of genre-specific…
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Revision (Written Composition), Writing Processes, Literary Genres
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Dozier, Cheryl; Stephens, Joy – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2016
This article explores the range of ways two teacher educators and preservice teachers engaged with and learned from writers and their families in town and village schools during a faculty-led study abroad experience in Belize, Central America. During this experience, the authors drew on three guiding principles: engaging in side-by-side writing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Educators, Preservice Teachers, Authors
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Midgette, Ekaterina; Philippakos, Zoi A. – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2016
The overall purpose of this case study is to examine biliteracy and its effects on a young child's orthographic and writing growth. The analysis of the kindergartener's spelling development and compositional growth in reference to both language systems indicates that biliteracy had a positive effect on the student's acquisition of English…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Bilingualism, Literacy, Spelling
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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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Templeton, Shane – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2015
How young children's and older students' knowledge of words develops--their structure, their meanings, how they work in context--is reflected in the Common Core English Language Arts expectations. Meeting these expectations for each learner requires that we teach in a developmentally-responsive manner. This includes our being familiar with the…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, State Standards, Academic Standards, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Hickey, Pamela J.; Lewis, Tarie – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2015
Effective disciplinary literacy instruction is an essential element in the education of multilingual learners. In this article, we provide an overview of disciplinary literacy as well as instructional approaches that support meaningful pedagogy for these students. We recognize that multilingual learners are already skilled at negotiating language…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Teaching Methods, Language Usage, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Isabelle, Aaron – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2015
Concept mapping has long been used an assessment tool by educators to illustrate students' conceptual development of a topic over time. In this article, we chronicle the use of concept maps in a language arts environment. Focusing on a literacy tutoring program for struggling readers/writers centered on hands-on science experiments, we explain how…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Concept Formation, Language Arts, Writing Instruction
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