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Honeyford, Michelle A. – Literacy, 2013
This paper explores how students, as multimodal storytellers, can weave powerful narratives blending modes, genres, artefacts and literary conventions to represent the real and imagined in their lives. Part of a larger ethnographic case study of student writing in a middle years class for immigrant students learning English as an additional…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Literary Criticism, Realism, Discourse Analysis
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King-Sears, Margaret E.; Berkeley, Sheri; Arditi, Orit; Daley, Hyle L.; Hott, Brittany L.; Larsen, Anna L. – Journal of Visual Literacy, 2018
This study analyzed three types of visual representations (graphs, maps, & graphic organizers) in the most widely used eighth-grade U.S. History textbooks. The analyses included how each visual was constructed and used within the context of text narrative. Purposeful sampling techniques were used to select a representative sample of varied…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Graphs, Maps, Visual Aids
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Fogarty, Melissa S.; Davis, John L.; Anderson, Leah L.; Myint, Ahmarlay – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2017
This exploratory study investigated the effects of modifying eighth grade students' purposes for reading through a prompt designed to increase engagement with the text. The current study was conducted using a randomized between-subjects design, with a relevance prompt as the between-subjects factor and reader proficiency as a covariate. A sample…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Learner Engagement, Secondary School Students, Relevance (Education)
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Verlaan, Wolfram; Pearce, Daniel L.; Zeng, Guang – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2017
This study investigated the relationship between listening comprehension and reading comprehension to determine if environmental factors might be contributing to a possible change in the equalization age for these two comprehension modalities from what was theorized by Thomas Sticht. The study employed a counterbalanced design to measure the…
Descriptors: Correlation, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Grade 4
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Leland, Christine; Ociepka, Anne; Kuonen, Kate; Bangert, Sara – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2018
This article describes an informal study that focused on teaching eighth graders to take a critical stance and talk back to texts. In this era of "fake news," "alternative facts," and what has been called a "post-truth" culture, it is imperative that students do not simply accept everything they read, see, or hear at…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Picture Books, Student Reaction, Teaching Methods
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Gibson, Melissa Leigh – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2018
This article shares the case of a student-driven?investigation?into?social issues from an eighth-grade civics class at an American school in Mexico. Through vignettes about the teaching and learning process, the author argues that a focus on students' inquiry into their social contexts rather than on specific social justice content is a key…
Descriptors: Civics, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Critical Literacy, Social Justice
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Ivey, Gay; Johnston, Peter – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2018
There is evidence that student-selected reading of compelling, relevant young adult literature helps address the problem of low reading engagement among adolescents, but schools rarely take up this option as a curricular priority. A major source of apprehension for adults is fear that students might be placed at risk by exposure to realistic…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Young Adults, Grade 8, Student Attitudes
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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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Chisholm, James S.; Shelton, Ashley L.; Sheffield, Caroline C. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2017
Although the popularity and use of graphic novels in literacy instruction has increased in the last decade, few sustained analyses have examined adolescents' reading processes with informational texts in social studies classrooms. Recent research that has foregrounded visual, emotional, and embodied textual responses situates this qualitative…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Novels, Literacy Education, Adolescents
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Ivey, Gay; Johnston, Peter H. – Journal of Literacy Research, 2015
The context of this study is a voluntary modification in teaching focus by four eighth-grade teachers who shifted their instructional focus toward student engagement. They abandoned assigned readings in favor of student-selected, self-paced reading within a collection of high interest materials--primarily young adult fiction that students found…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Transformative Learning, Middle School Teachers, Grade 8
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Lindley, Sarah; Giles, Rebecca M.; Tunks, Karyn – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
Decades of research have focused on the impact of summer learning loss and effective tools in stemming the flow of knowledge lost during summer break. While reading lists have become a standard practice for addressing students' needs to maintain learning levels over the summer months, very little research has been conducted on the book lists…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Reading Materials, Books, Grade 8
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Adams, Caswell – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2016
When eighth-grade students tire of writing, their history teacher must get creative to keep their attention for the next project. By applying a multimodal design to an old project, the teacher creates a new one that appeals to various learners and creative minds. The result is not only historical learning but also an opportunity to see how…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Grade 8, History Instruction, Learner Engagement
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Bowmer, Megan E.; Curwood, Jen Scott – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2016
This case study examined a Romanticism unit within a Year 9 English class in Sydney, Australia. It considered whether popular culture could build connections between students' lives and Romanticism, and whether the process of remixing "high" Romantic poetry with "low" popular culture could foster student engagement. Thematic…
Descriptors: Poetry, Popular Culture, Case Studies, Romanticism
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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2014
Close reading is an instructional practice that has gained attention of late. It involves reading a complex text, annotation, and repeatedly reading to answer text-dependent questions. Although there are a number of recommendations for the use of close reading, there has not been a systematic analysis of student or teacher perceptions of this…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Reader Text Relationship, Questioning Techniques
Turner, Kristen Hawley; Abrams, Sandra Schamroth; Katíc, Elvira; Donovan, Meredith Jeta – Journal of Literacy Research, 2014
The language teens use in digital spaces--from social network posts to instant message chats to text messages--often does not adhere to Standard Written English (SWE). Their digital writing involves a combination of written and conversational languages and often has a digital thumbprint that distinguishes the writer. As a means to understand this…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Language Usage, Writing (Composition), Written Language
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