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Rankin-Erickson, Joan L.; Wood, Lisa A.; Beukelman, David R.; Beukelman, Helen M. – Reading Improvement, 2003
Notes that a computer equipped with a talking word processor was added to a first grade classroom. Finds that first grade students could successfully use computer technology for literacy support. Notes that this technology enables students to independently read words beyond their normal reading ability and to stay engaged in the literacy task at…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Grade 1, Instructional Innovation, Literacy
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Ashmore, Rhea A.; Farrier, Merle J.; Paulson, Lucy Hart; Chu, Xianhua – Reading Improvement, 2003
Examines the effectiveness of phonemic awareness drills on phonological awareness and word reading performance in English of Mainland Chinese students in primary school. Notes findings strongly support the statement that explicit instruction in phonemic awareness promoted phonological awareness and word reading in English of Chinese primary school…
Descriptors: Chinese, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Instructional Effectiveness
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Payne, Carol Canady – Reading Improvement, 2002
Notes how research emphasizes the importance of tailoring instruction to the needs of the individual child. Examines tutoring interactions with Ricky, a friendly, vivacious first-grade boy who started the school year significantly behind peers in reading and writing. Explores what instruction can be provided to meet Ricky's individual learning…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Grade 1, Individualized Instruction, Primary Education
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Bintz, William P.; Sweazy, Ruth Ann – Reading Improvement, 2002
Describes an examination of a reading invitation (social learning experiences designed to help students think deeply and broadly about books they have read) that occurred in a multi-age and mixed-ability primary classroom at a rural public school. Analyzes this invitation from a reflective practitioner's point of view. Discusses implications of…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Instructional Innovation, Primary Education, Reading Instruction
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Ross, Donna; Frey, Nancy – Reading Improvement, 2002
Considers how the emphasis on literacy instruction in elementary schools makes it difficult to adequately teach content, especially science. Notes that literacy practices can serve as a catalyst for science learning because they provide a means for organizing information and developing habits of mind necessary for scientific exploration. Looks…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Grade 2, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literacy
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Cuddeback, Meghan J.; Ceprano, Maria A. – Reading Improvement, 2002
Determines if Accelerated Reader (AR) is beneficial to the reading development of young emergent readers' comprehension. Considers if AR will improve young struggling readers' comprehension skills and attitudes to improve so that they can more easily become true independent readers. Concludes that AR did contribute to children's reading…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Early Intervention, Emergent Literacy, Primary Education
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Boling, Charlotte; Martin, Sarah H.; Martin, Michael A. – Reading Improvement, 2002
Determines the effect of computer-assisted instruction on first grade students' vocabulary development. Notes that students in two groups were involved in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) as a part of their instruction in a balanced literacy program. Shows a significant difference for both groups on pre and posttests, however the mean difference…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Grade 1, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement
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Heins, Elizabeth D.; Perry, Adrienne; Piechura-Couture, Kathy; Roberts, Deborah; Collins, Robin; Lynch, Mary – Reading Improvement, 1999
Describes a program designed to improve the reading skills of second and third graders using work-study students as tutors. Finds: (1) 81% of the students made progress in reading; (2) at-risk learners need extensive vocabulary instruction and background building; and (3) tutors lacked sufficient educational background and knowledge of the reading…
Descriptors: After School Education, College School Cooperation, College Students, Corrective Reading
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Chang, Pei-Yu; Yawkey, Thomas D. – Reading Improvement, 1998
Argues that literacy and pretend play are both representational activities that are facilitated in natural environments with sufficient literate materials and opportunities to play. Discusses similarity of process in symbolic play and literacy, and looks at their content. Describes literacy materials and teachers' roles that foster literacy and…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Emergent Literacy, Instructional Materials, Preschool Education
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Palardy, J. Michael – Reading Improvement, 1998
Finds first-grade boys whose teachers believed that boys are as successful as girls in beginning literacy scored approximately the same as girls on the Stanford Achievement Test, while first-grade boys whose teachers believed that boys are less successful than girls scored considerably lower than girls. Discusses how teachers' expectations or…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Primary Education, Reading Achievement, Reading Research
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Hillyer, Joyce; Ley, Terry C. – Reading Improvement, 1996
Investigates the impact of portfolio assessment strategies on second graders' perceptions of themselves as writers. Finds that the process had positive effects on students' perceptions of themselves as writers; their ability to describe strengths and weaknesses in their writing; their ability to identify changes in themselves as writers; and their…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Primary Education
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Boulware, Beverly J.; Foley, Christy L. – Reading Improvement, 1996
Presents five vignettes (student-student, parent-child, teacher-student, teacher-student-parents, and whole class conference) designed to illustrate the diversity of learning interactions possible in both the school and home environments. Notes that each interaction provides insightful glimpses into the educational process as well as suggesting…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Family Environment, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences
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Tichenor, Mercedes; Jewell, Mary Jean – Reading Improvement, 1996
Provides a framework for using journal writing in the primary grades to develop writing skills. Outlines techniques to help focus teacher observations, deepen insights, inform curricular decision making, and help teachers reflect upon the student's role in journal writing. (RS)
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Primary Education, Teaching Methods, Writing Exercises
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Bieniek, Tracy – Reading Improvement, 1996
Discusses strategies and activities that a teacher can use to help a young writer become a fluent writer. Suggests that it is essential for teachers to provide an abundance of opportunities for children to write. (RS)
Descriptors: Beginning Writing, Childrens Writing, Classroom Techniques, Primary Education
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Chambless, Jim R.; Chambless, Martha S. – Reading Improvement, 1994
Compares effectiveness of computer-based instruction in K-2 to traditional instruction on the reading and writing achievement of second graders. Finds educationally significant effect sizes on comparisons of reading scores and measures of writing in favor of the computer-based instruction group for at-risk students. Suggests that computer-based…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Grade 2, High Risk Students
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