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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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Smith, Nichole L. – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2020
The researcher in this study examined parents' perceptions of the engagement activities in their homes. Parents of elementary school students in one southeastern United States school district were asked to participate in this study. Findings related to literacy, academic, and family engagement. Parents' preparedness to assist their children with…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Parent Attitudes, Kindergarten, Elementary School Students
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Brannan, Lauren R.; Johnson, R. Burke; Giles, Rebecca M.; Kent, Andrea M. – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2020
The purpose of the present study was to explore the beliefs and practices of teachers who implement independent reading in their classrooms. Results showed that teachers who implemented independent reading believed in the importance of both the quantity and quality of student reading. The teachers' practices of independent reading showed students…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Instruction, Reading Achievement
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Philippakos, Zoi A. Traga – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2020
When students face academic challenges, when they receive poor grades on a subject, and when they see unchanged performance -even though they put effort on a task- they often develop the belief that they are not capable of overcoming challenges. Continuous underperformance affects students' self-efficacy and belief that success is an achievable…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Goal Orientation, Reflection, Self Management
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Stevens, Elizabeth Y.; Hinchman, Kathleen – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2020
Becoming an effective literacy specialist means developing tools to support students' and teachers' reading and writing aspirations. They are thought to be self critical and respectful of their students' and colleagues' strengths, however, this is not easy. This case study examined the discourses and identities of a highly reflective white female…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Self Concept, Specialists, Teaching Methods
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Yurkewecz, Thea – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2020
Specialized literacy professionals (specialists/coaches/coordinators) are enacting leadership roles that influence how school communities interact and collaborate to change instructional practices. These positions involve multiple responsibilities highlighted in the standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals (International Literacy…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Literacy Education, Reading Consultants, Specialists
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Lawrence, Salika A.; Langan, Elise; Maurer, Julie – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2019
This paper describes how a three-day summer workshop on using primary sources helped teachers increase the emphasis placed on disciplinary literacy when teaching social studies and history. Two specific issues in teacher education and practice are addressed. First, increasing teachers' content knowledge of history topics can help them plan lessons…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Content Area Reading, Literacy, Social Studies
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