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Luther, Vicki L. – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2023
Children at the beginning of their formal educational experiences are developing cognitively, socially, and emotionally. However, due to the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, many children are behind in these developmental areas. Self-awareness is a foundation of students' understandings of themselves and the world around them. Without a…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Self Concept, Elementary School Students, Student Development
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Lare, Christine; Silvestri, Katarina N. – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2023
This paper responds to the need to support complexities of literacy instruction by identifying and illustrating teaching strategies used by a practicing special education teacher rooted in a multi-theoretical approach to teaching literacy. We argue the importance of teaching from multiple theoretical standpoints and utilizing student-centered,…
Descriptors: Reflection, Literacy Education, Educational Theories, Theory Practice Relationship
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Toll, Cathy A. – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2023
At a time when teachers are feeling exceptional amounts of duress, literacy coaches often feel ineffective. However, coaches can be more important than ever when their collaborations increase teachers' self-efficacy, resiliency, and success with students. This article provides six simple rules that literacy coaches can use to enhance their work…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Literacy Education, Self Efficacy, Resilience (Psychology)
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Olmstead, Kathleen M.; Kalenda, Peter; Rath, Logan T.; Xue, Jeffrey; Zhang, Jie – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2023
The authors--a panel of teacher educators: an education librarian, and a high school student activist--share classroom practices, recent research, and scholarship that centers on fostering empathy and activism through picture books as part of culturally relevant-sustaining practices. A variety of new children's literature and practical ways to…
Descriptors: Empathy, Picture Books, Activism, Equal Education
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Kesler, Ted – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2023
Using the Learning by Design multiliteracies framework, writing workshop was transformed into composing workshop. The researcher worked with a team of four second grade teachers in an urban public elementary school to redesign their Kevin Henkes author study to equally value art and design, guiding their students in creating their own narrative…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Grade 2, Picture Books, Authors
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Traga Philippakos, Zoi A.; Wiese, Penelope; Davis, Adalea – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2023
The purpose of this article is to comment on ways that writing-reading connections can take place enhancing reading comprehension and composition. Drawing from a genre-based instructional approach, examples are provided to explain such connections in the process of (a) a rhetorical analysis conducted on writing prompts and prior to reading, (b)…
Descriptors: Reading Writing Relationship, Literacy, Reading Comprehension, Writing (Composition)
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Luther, Vicki L. – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2022
Motivation is a vital element of reading success. However, motivation does not always occur organically; it often takes strategic mentoring for students to be inspired by the prospects of reading. Such mentoring can occur when students can begin to see teachers as fellow readers, and when educators can help students to develop their own,…
Descriptors: Reading, Student Motivation, Self Efficacy, Mentors
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Traga Philippakos, Zoi A. – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2022
The paper explains the role of oral language and dialogic interactions in the development of individual thinking and reasoning processes. Collaborative reasoning and its contribution is explained while examples are shared to illustrate ways to scaffold students' questioning, meaning making, and writing in the context of read alouds during…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Cooperative Learning, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Debate
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Greene, Delicia Tiera – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2022
This qualitative inquiry examines how a White literacy teacher learns from and with a Black girl through multimodal composing in an out-of-school, alternative learning context. Data collection instruments include field observations, teacher planning sheets, teacher reflections, and researcher feedback. Multimodal Literacy Pedagogy and Black Girls'…
Descriptors: African American Students, Females, Cultural Influences, African American Culture
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Hong, Carrie Eunyoung; Choi, Geon-ah – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2022
Despite its importance in promoting student academic achievement and career development, writing pedagogy has received little emphasis in research and professional development efforts. The purpose of this study was to examine teacher perceptions and practices of writing in the middle grades from a cross-cultural perspective. 16 middle-grade…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Middle School Students, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Coakley-Fields, Mary R. – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2021
This article presents a case study of a fourth-grade teacher, Kathy Topaz (all names are pseudonyms), her seventeen students, and the ways that they talked about and rehearsed essay-writing through speech across the school year in an inclusive fourth grade class. With increased focus on informational writing and opinion writing in curriculum and…
Descriptors: Dramatic Play, Writing Instruction, Writing Workshops, Expository Writing
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Traga Philippakos, Zoi A. – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2021
The purpose of this paper is to review the utility of think alouds in writing instruction and highlight the function of think-aloud modeling in the development of cognitive and metacognitive strategies that support learners' independence. For these purposes, modeling with coping is also explained. Coping models, in which teachers encounter…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Writing Instruction, Metacognition, Writing Strategies
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Newvine, Keith; Fleming, Sarah – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2021
The central argument proposed within this article is that while recent publishing trends in children's and adolescent literature have changed for the better (Cooperative Children's Book Center, 2020) and research about the importance of diverse reading experiences for students has become concentrated, centered, and validated (Adichie, 2009;…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Adolescent Literature, Publishing Industry, Reading Material Selection
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Adams, Brittany; Kaczmarczyk, Annemarie Bazzo – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2021
This article describes a classroom activity developed by two teacher educators to support pre-service teachers in integrating culturally responsive teaching practices with reading methods instruction. The activity tasks pre-service teachers to select culturally authentic children's texts and design read-alouds that engage elementary students in…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Race, Racial Discrimination, Reading Aloud to Others
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Kabuto, Bobbie; Harmey, Sinead – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2020
This article explores how the general term of assessment literacy can be specified to the area of reading through the lens of the informal reading inventory, Qualitative Reading Inventory-5. This article will investigate the common misconceptions that teachers, who were enrolled in a graduate program to become state-certified specialized literacy…
Descriptors: Assessment Literacy, Reading Teachers, Graduate Students, Specialists
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