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Giovanelli, Marcello – Literacy, 2017
This article explores the complex nature of the literature classroom by drawing on the cognitive linguistic framework "Text World Theory" to examine the teacher's role as facilitator and mediator of reading. Specifically, the article looks at how one teacher used visual representations as a way of allowing students to engage in a more…
Descriptors: Fiction, Visual Aids, Poetry, Reading
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Bansel, Peter – Literacy, 2013
In this paper, I give an account of the ways in which narratives and identities change over space and time. I give an account of a mobile and changing human subject, one who does not simply express or represent her- or himself through narrative, but is constructed and reconstructed through narrative. I draw on Paul Ricoeur's concepts of "narrative…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Interviews, Instruction, Reading
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Yandell, John – Literacy, 2013
The novel, it has generally been assumed, was from its very beginnings a literary form designed to be read by solitary, silent individuals. One consequence of this assumption is that the class novel, read amid all the noise and sociality of the classroom, tends to be treated as a preparation for more authentic, private reading, or even as a poor…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Novels, Reading, Role Playing
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Westbrook, Jo – Literacy, 2013
Teachers of reading in secondary schools know how important it is for low-attaining readers to read whole narratives but time to do this in a crowded curriculum is limited and progress is more easily measured through reading smaller parts of texts. This paper reports on a longitudinal critical action research project in which three English…
Descriptors: Action Research, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Secondary Schools
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Brady, Josephine; Millard, Elaine – Literacy, 2012
This paper documents an evaluation of children's written responses to a story telling package used in an intervention project set up by the National Association for the Teaching of English as part of the larger "Inspire Rotherham" literacy campaign. The brief was to provide a group of primary teachers with innovative and inspirational approaches…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Play, English Instruction, Story Telling
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Pantaleo, Sylvia – Literacy, 2012
Colour, a visual element of art and design, is a semiotic mode that is used strategically by sign-makers to communicate meaning. Understanding the meaning-making potential of colour can enhance students' understanding, appreciation, interpretation and composition of multimodal texts. This article features a case study of Anya, an 11-year-old…
Descriptors: Novels, Picture Books, Semiotics, Case Studies
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Taylor, Roberta – Literacy, 2012
Children's classroom talk and the connections between talk and text are current concerns for teachers. A deeper understanding of what child communication entails can ensure greater pedagogic support for the processes involved in text production. This article reports on a research project using multimodal discourse analysis to investigate…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Interaction, Creativity, Discourse Analysis
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Fletcher, Jo; Grimley, Michael; Greenwood, Janinka; Parkhill, Faye – Literacy, 2012
Teachers are influential in motivating and improving attitudes towards reading. This article reports on an investigation of eight teachers of 10- to 12-year-old students from five New Zealand schools and the strategies they used to improve attitudes to reading. Each school had been identified as implementing effective reading programmes by a panel…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Early Adolescents, Reading Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Kucer, Stephen B. – Literacy, 2011
This research examines the nature of comprehended meanings that do not match those of the author. These meanings were generated by two groups of fourth graders after reading a narrative or expository text. Readers read their respective texts aloud, followed by a recall and probes. Reading behaviours were examined to establish that processing…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Profiles, Grade 4, Reading
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Boyle, Bill; Charles, Marie – Literacy, 2011
This article relates a child's development in story writing and the progress that she made in achieving text cohesion, spelling development and ideation through the collaborative process. The case study investigates the integration of major aspects of writing development such as collaboration, the importance of peer interactions through social…
Descriptors: Socialization, Spelling, Cooperation, Writing Processes
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Brenna, Beverley A. – Literacy, 2011
This is a follow-up study regarding one of the early readers whose metacognitive reading strategies were explored in my 1991 qualitative case study research, published in "Reading", 29 (2), 30-33. Unique factors in the original study involve the inclusion of young children as informants related to self, task and text. Six-year-old…
Descriptors: Reading, Reading Strategies, Young Children, Educational Practices
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Burke, Winifred – Literacy, 2011
Standard assessment tests have been part of the literacy practice in English primary schools for many years. While educators point to the dangers of "teaching to the test," politicians continue to believe that the best way of achieving accountability is by retaining league tables of these test results. Currently the curriculum is too…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Test Results, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods
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Goswami, Usha – Literacy, 2008
Brain imaging offers a new technology for understanding the acquisition of reading by children. It can contribute novel evidence concerning the key mechanisms supporting reading, and the brain systems that are involved. The extensive neural architecture that develops to support efficient reading testifies to the complex developmental processes…
Descriptors: Neurology, Brain, Literacy, Reading
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Honan, Eileen – Literacy, 2008
In many accounts of school literacy teaching and learning, there are claims that young people's familiarity with digital texts (ICTs) could provide teachers with opportunities to plan exciting and innovative activities. It would seem, however, that despite intensive research and exemplary practices over the last 20 years, the infiltration of ICTs…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Literacy, Technology Uses in Education, Reading Instruction
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Westbrook, Jo – Literacy, 2007
This paper reports a small-scale study of wider reading at Key Stage 3 in current English classrooms in secondary schools in the south of England. Six English teachers, three of whom were relatively new to teaching, were interviewed on what they thought about wider reading. The findings indicate that because of a lack of time and absence of demand…
Descriptors: English Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Literacy, English Teachers
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