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Pacheco, Mark B.; David, Samuel S.; Jiménez, Robert T. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
We seek to understand how teachers that do not share a heritage language with their students can leverage these languages in literacy instruction. This study reports on 5 teachers' implementation of a literacy activity that uses strategic collaborative translation to facilitate middle school English language learners' (ELLs) understandings about…
Descriptors: Literacy, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, English Language Learners
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Lewis, Mark A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
In the current schooling climate, literary competence is increasingly viewed as students' ability to read fiction and nonfiction texts, and then articulate their comprehension of surface-text features (e.g., plot, character, setting, and conflict) through structured settings, such as standardized tests. As a way to argue against the privileging of…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Middle School Students, Story Telling, Personal Narratives
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Wolf, Mikyung Kim; Wang, Yuan; Huang, Becky H.; Blood, Ian – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
This study reports on a critical review of the language demands contained in the Common Core State Standards for English language arts (CCSS-ELA) with the aim of deriving important implications for the instruction of English language learners. The language demands of the CCSS-ELA were compared with those of existing English language arts (ELA) and…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Comparative Analysis, Grade 8, Middle School Teachers
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Watkins, Naomi M.; Liang, Lauren Aimonette – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
While the contents of K-6 basal readers have been recently examined (Dewitz, Leahy, Jones, Sullivan, 2010; Moss, 2008; Moss & Newton, 2002), the contents of secondary school literature anthologies have been vastly ignored in the last 2 decades. Given the Common Core State Standards' division of literary and informational text across content…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Common Core State Standards, Literacy, Grade 6
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Hutchinson, Amy; Henry, Laurie A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2010
This research provides an analysis of Internet use and online literacy skill among seventh-grade students who were identified as having a high risk for school dropout. Participants (n = 1,025) included students from 12 middle schools in 9 school districts. Six of the schools were located in rural and urban districts in the Northeast United States…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Dropouts, At Risk Students, Search Engines
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Nokes, Jeffery D. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
Literacy is a basic element of the discipline of history and of traditional secondary history instruction. However neither the growing body of research on learning with texts nor modern learning theories support the traditional literacy practices that are taking place in many secondary history classrooms. Nor are classroom literacy practices a…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Critical Thinking, Literacy, Fiction
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Hagood, Margaret C.; Provost, Mary C.; Skinner, Emily N.; Egelson, Paula E. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
This paper reports on Year 1 of a two-year study of implementing new literacies strategies into social studies and English/language arts content areas in two low-performing middle schools (grades 6-8). Situated within a New Literacies Studies framework, the study addressed three overarching questions: (1) What are teachers' and students'…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Middle Schools, School Culture, Grade 6
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Saurino, Penelope; Saurino, Dan R. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2006
We need a model that can guide middle school educators to implement multiple literacies (multiliteracies) so prevalent in today's global economy, but how can this be successfully accomplished in today's schools? As a result of content analyses, regular classroom observations, and interviews, the researchers document a framework for…
Descriptors: Student Research, Middle Schools, Global Approach, Mastery Learning