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Pae, Tae-Il – Reading Research Quarterly, 2019
This study examines relations between the first language (L1) and second language (L2) in reading and writing for 211 upper middle school Korean students learning English as a foreign language. Results using path analysis suggest that L1 ability is a significant independent predictor of L2 ability in both reading and writing, providing evidence of…
Descriptors: Native Language, Second Language Learning, Transfer of Training, English (Second Language)
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Lewis, Mark A.; Zisselsberger, Margarita Gómez – Reading Research Quarterly, 2019
The authors illustrate ways that diverse linguistic repertoires were constrained within a set of classroom book club discussions among sixth-grade students and their teachers in a public school setting. The study took place in a U.S. Mountain West middle school with a majority population of Latinx students, many of whom were emerging bilinguals…
Descriptors: Books, Clubs, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Bilingualism
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De La Paz, Susan; Monte-Sano, Chauncey; Felton, Mark; Croninger, Robert; Jackson, Cara; Piantedosi, Kelly Worland – Reading Research Quarterly, 2017
This study explored the extent to which an 18-day history and writing curriculum intervention, taught over the course of one year, helped culturally and academically diverse adolescents achieve important disciplinary literacy learning in history. Teachers used a cognitive apprenticeship form of instruction for the integration of historical reading…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Writing Instruction, Middle School Students, Grade 8
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Reed, Deborah K.; Petscher, Yaacov; Truckenmiller, Adrea J. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2017
This study explored the relationship between the reading ability and science achievement of students in grades 5, 8, and 9. Reading ability was assessed with four measures: word recognition, vocabulary, syntactic knowledge, and comprehension (23% of all passages were on science topics). Science achievement was assessed with state…
Descriptors: Reading Ability, Science Achievement, Middle School Students, Elementary School Students
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Davis, Dennis S.; Huang, Becky; Yi, Tanisha – Reading Research Quarterly, 2017
Previous research has identified various factors that contribute to readers' comprehension of expository texts, including strategy expertise, language proficiency, prior knowledge, and more recently, readers' beliefs about knowledge. This study addresses the need to understand the relative contributions of these predictors to readers'…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Materials, Reading Materials, Reading Comprehension
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Kim, James S.; Hemphill, Lowry; Troyer, Margaret; Thomson, Jenny M.; Jones, Stephanie M.; LaRusso, Maria D.; Donovan, Suzanne – Reading Research Quarterly, 2017
This study examined the efficacy of a supplemental, multicomponent adolescent reading intervention for middle school students who scored below proficient on a state literacy assessment. Using a within-school experimental design, the authors randomly assigned 483 students in grades 6-8 to a business-as-usual control condition or to the Strategic…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Reading Difficulties, Adolescents
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Lee, Juhee; Schallert, Diane L. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2016
A yearlong classroom-based intervention was designed to explore the reading-writing connection in second-language literacy by examining whether the development of reading improves writing and vice versa. Middle school learners of English as a foreign language (N = 300) in South Korea were assigned to three treatments that involved extensive…
Descriptors: Pretests Posttests, Reading Writing Relationship, Literacy, Literacy Education
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Caplan, David; Waters, Gloria; Bertram, Julia; Ostrowski, Adam; Michaud, Jennifer – Reading Research Quarterly, 2016
The authors assessed 4,865 middle and high school students for the ability to recognize and understand written and spoken morphologically simple words, morphologically complex words, and the syntactic structure of sentences and for the ability to answer questions about facts presented in a written passage and to make inferences based on those…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Language Skills, Language Processing
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Denton, Carolyn A.; Enos, Mischa; York, Mary J.; Francis, David J.; Barnes, Marcia A.; Kulesz, Paulina A.; Fletcher, Jack M.; Carter, Suzanne – Reading Research Quarterly, 2015
Based on the analysis of 620 think-aloud verbal protocols from students in grades 7, 9, and 11, we examined students' conscious engagement in inference generation, paraphrasing, verbatim text repetition, and monitoring while reading narrative or informational texts that were either at or above the students' current reading levels. Students were…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Protocol Analysis, Reading Aloud to Others, Secondary School Students
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Davis, Dennis S.; Willson, Angeli – Reading Research Quarterly, 2015
During the 2011-2012 academic year, Texas public schools began administering the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in grades 3-8, replacing the old testing system, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). The TAKS-STAAR transition is a unique contextual backdrop for studying the role of state-mandated reading and…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Testing, Standardized Tests, Public Schools
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Leu, Donald J.; Forzani, Elena; Rhoads, Chris; Maykel, Cheryl; Kennedy, Clint; Timbrell, Nicole – Reading Research Quarterly, 2015
Is there an achievement gap for online reading ability based on income inequality that is separate from the achievement gap in traditional, offline reading? This possibility was examined between students in two pseudonymous school districts: West Town (economically advantaged) and East Town (economically challenged; N = 256). Performance-based…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Achievement Gap, Electronic Learning, School Districts
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Guthrie, John T.; Klauda, Susan Lutz – Reading Research Quarterly, 2014
We investigated the roles of classroom supports for multiple motivations and engagement in students' informational text comprehension, motivation, and engagement. A composite of classroom contextual variables consisting of instructional support for choice, importance, collaboration, and competence, accompanied by cognitive scaffolding for…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Student Motivation, Learner Engagement
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Roberts, Greg; Vaughn, Sharon; Fletcher, Jack; Stuebing, Karla; Barth, Amy – Reading Research Quarterly, 2013
This study addressed the effects of multiyear, response-based, tiered intervention for struggling readers in grades 6-8. A sample of 768 sixth-grade students with reading difficulties was randomized to a response-based, tiered-intervention condition or "business as usual," and initial treatment status was maintained over the three-year…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Reading Difficulties, Middle School Students, Grade 6
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Orellana, Marjorie Faulstich; Reynolds, Jennifer F. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2008
In this article, the authors use and further elaborate a cultural modeling framework to juxtapose two distinct yet analogous literacy practices: (1) The out-of-school practice of translating and interpreting across languages, or "para-phrasing"; and (2) The cross-disciplinary and school-based practice of paraphrasing or summarizing written texts.…
Descriptors: Translation, Focus Groups, Literacy, Immigrants