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Lewis, Cynthia – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1998
Examines a peer-led middle school literature discussion to demonstrate the social and performative nature of interpretation. Finds that two students' stances in relation to a text are shaped by social and cultural conditions within and beyond the classroom. (RS)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools
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Lloyd, Carol V. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1998
Suggests that the brightest students in high school classes often suffer from a lack of engagement in the learning process. Reviews four theories of learning and reading. Describes five classroom practices that come from reading education and from units developed by secondary teachers that engage high-ability, low-performing students. Discusses…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, High Schools
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Johnson, Andrew P.; Rasmussen, Jay B. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1998
Describes two class activities for moving new words into students' productive vocabulary. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classification, Graphic Organizers, Lesson Plans
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Ciardiello, Angelo V. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1998
Suggests that classroom instruction can be aided by training students in question generation. Encourages secondary and postsecondary content area teachers to encourage student questioning instruction as a basis for higher level thinking about subject matter. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Content Area Reading, Content Area Writing, Metacognition
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Sakta, Cathy Guerra – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Describes the State-Question-Read-Conclude (SQRC), a student-centered reading/thinking strategy based on the Directed Reading Activity format, and SQ3R, all proven to be effective strategies for developing the reading and thinking skills of elementary and secondary school students. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Improvement, Reading Skills
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Spires, Hiller A.; Williams, Josie B.; Jackson, Alecia; Huffman, Lois E. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Suggests that autobiography is a fertile context for students to develop a facility for reading and writing and for defining and constructing themselves within an academic setting. Discusses using autobiography in an introduction to academic discourse course for developmental college students. (RS)
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Autobiographies, Course Descriptions, Higher Education
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Hynd, Cynthia R. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Discusses the discrepancy between traditional history learning and thinking like a historian. Describes two studies in which high school history students read multiple texts on a given historical event. Argues that students need to be taught to evaluate messages and to think critically, and that using multiple texts to teach students to think like…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Critical Thinking, High Schools, History Instruction
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Mundy, JaNae; Hadaway, Nancy L. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Describes how the authors collaborated in planning and implementing a unit on weather using informational children's picture books in a high school English-as-a-second-language class. Discusses three basic considerations in implementing literature-based units with informational picture books. (SR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Class Activities, English (Second Language), High Schools
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Jones, Ramona – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Relates the experience of a middle school reading teacher who also teaches a weekly general equivalency diploma (GED) class to adult learners. Describes two of her most memorable adult students, and notes how working with adult learners has helped the author appreciate their persistence and desire to learn, and has helped her with her middle…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Adult Students
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Ivey, Gay – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Shares four working generalizations on what it takes for middle school students with persistent reading difficulties to become successful readers: (1) access to materials that span the gamut of interests and difficulty levels; (2) opportunities to share reading experiences with teachers and classmates; (3) real purposes for reading; and (4)…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Reading Attitudes, Reading Difficulties
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Salembier, George B. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Describes an instructional practice called "SCAN and RUN" (intended to promote greater reading comprehension development and success in a wider range of students) that uses a novel system of seven cues for strategies to increase reading comprehension by guiding students' understanding, learning, and recall of content material. Presents encouraging…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Research
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Brown, Deborah – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Describes a literacy autobiography assignment used as the first writing assignment in a methods course for preservice English/language arts teachers to model some strategies for literacy teaching and to encourage reflective thinking. Discusses the kinds of information and insights the autobiographies can reveal, and notes benefits of the…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, English Instruction, Higher Education, Language Arts
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Unsworth, Len – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Provides a brief introduction to ways functional grammatical concepts can be used to understand the distinctive literacy demands of school science and history texts. Distinguishes this grammar from that of everyday language; examines the characteristic grammatical and discourse forms of content area learning; and discusses developing functional…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, History Instruction, Language Usage, Science Instruction
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Moulton, Margaret R. "Cookie" – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Describes how undergraduate secondary English education majors in a course on teaching writing defined and created the multigenre research paper, researching a topic and then writing a number of pieces that integrated and interpreted their findings. Notes students' enthusiasm, creativity and ownership; shows two student papers; and describes using…
Descriptors: English Instruction, English Teacher Education, High Schools, Higher Education
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Rekrut, Martha D. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Relates the experiences of numerous secondary school teachers (in a variety of disciplines) who found successful ways to use the Internet in their classrooms. Offers their comments and recommendations. Discusses controlling student Internet access, and includes the Acceptable Use Policy form from the author's school district. Offers suggestions…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Research, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Research
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