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Furtado, Leena; Johnson, Lisa – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2010
This action-research case study endeavors to enhance the summarization skills of first grade students who are reading at or above the third grade level during the first trimester of the academic school year. Students read "twin text" sources, meaning, fiction and nonfiction literary selections focusing on a common theme to help identify…
Descriptors: Sentences, Siblings, Student Improvement, Grade 3
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Brassell, Danny; Furtado, Leena – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2008
Vocabulary knowledge has long been considered critical to children's successful reading comprehension. When children increase their reserves of word meaning, they also broaden their thinking and become aware of new semantic and conceptual relationships. Their broadened awareness, in turn, increases reading comprehension and writing abilities. Many…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development
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Furtado, Leena – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2008
This study describes the effectiveness of a read-aloud cross-age partnership in service learning among students of various age groups (pre K-college sophomore) attending the different schools located on a university campus. Research-based theories of read-aloud to children were used to train the reading volunteers. Multicultural story books aided…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Critical Thinking, Focus Groups, Dialogs (Language)