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Shimek, Courtney – Reading Teacher, 2019
The category of nonfiction picture books has changed in the past few decades, putting more emphasis on engaging writing styles, attention to accuracy, and using synergic relations between images and texts. As a result of this shift, the strategies taught to students for reading nonfiction picture books must change. The author presents five…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Picture Books, Nonfiction
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Kaczmarczyk, Annemarie; Allee-Herndon, Karyn A.; Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth – Reading Teacher, 2019
Systemic racism, and the white privilege that it supports and maintains, remains firmly entrenched in U.S. culture. The current educational climate may be experiencing an increase in racial animus, and students are not immune to the challenges they face as a result. For teachers who truly believe that all children can learn and are entitled to the…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Barriers, Minority Group Students, Literacy
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Culham, Ruth – Reading Teacher, 2019
Learning how to choose and use diverse literature for students to read and as an inspiration for their writing has never been more important, as more than 50% of today's students in U.S. classrooms do not identify as white. This teaching tip explores the importance of finding high-quality diverse literature for all learners and how to use these…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Reading Material Selection, Childrens Literature, Lesson Plans
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Quast, Erin – Reading Teacher, 2019
How might literature be shared with students for transformative purposes? Literature has the power to shape students' worldviews through the exploration of diverse human experiences, but how students engage with diverse characters is important to reaching transformative goals. The author identified teachers' pedagogical moves within a preschool…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Transformative Learning, World Views, Gender Differences
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Freeman, Niecea D.; Townsend, Dianna; Templeton, Shane – Reading Teacher, 2019
The authors detail word-learning strategies from a small-scale early reading intervention for first graders (N = 3) focused on Greek and Latin roots in science-based informational texts. Educators can provide explicit instruction to support student awareness of word structures in content-specific vocabulary, and this instruction can be adapted to…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Morphemes, Morphology (Languages)
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Johnston, Vickie; Martelli, Cynthia Dawn – Reading Teacher, 2019
A university's literacy festival can promote reading and foster the idea that books make a difference, especially to undersupported students from Title I schools. A literacy festival featuring a variety of diverse authors presenting hands-on workshops showcasing their literary craft can enable students from Title I schools to engage with the…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, College School Cooperation, Reading Programs, Literacy Education
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Erickson, Joy Dangora; Wharton-McDonald, Ruth – Reading Teacher, 2019
The authors emphasize the importance of cultivating autonomous motivation for literacy in early childhood by supporting students' basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness while building foundational skills. Additionally, the authors highlight four key findings specific to early childhood (pre-K-2) literacy development:…
Descriptors: Reading Motivation, Emergent Literacy, Early Childhood Education, Psychological Needs
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Manyak, Patrick C.; Manyak, Ann-Margaret; Cimino, Nicole D.; Horton, Amy L. – Reading Teacher, 2019
The authors develop the concept of teaching vocabulary for application (TVA) as a component of comprehensive vocabulary instruction. TVA is instruction that focuses on students' skillful application of small sets of words within academic tasks, such as text analysis and writing. The authors discuss how this instruction, with its extended focus on…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Personality Traits, Writing Skills
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Concannon-Gibney, Tara – Reading Teacher, 2019
Poetry has often been described as the neglected genre despite its potential to engage and motivate students of all abilities in reading and writing. Indeed, poetry provides an excellent forum for the development of literacy skills and strategies in a meaningful context. The author describes how a teacher implemented a poetry genre study in a…
Descriptors: Poetry, Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods
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McTigue, Erin M.; Uppstad, Per Henning – Reading Teacher, 2019
Computer games and computer-assisted instruction have become prevalent in reading classrooms. However, research-based guidance for teacher use of such resources has not progressed at the same rate. In lieu of research, myths circulate about the utility of these resources, particularly when students use computer games independently. The authors…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Computer Games, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Risko, Victoria J.; Reid, Louann – Reading Teacher, 2019
The authors report on substantial evidence documenting what matters in literacy teacher preparation and invite deans, department heads, program directors, literacy teacher educators, and literacy leaders to design programs that are supported by credible evidence of impact.
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Teacher Education, Program Design, Deans
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Martínez, Ramón Antonio – Reading Teacher, 2018
The terminology that we use to refer to English learners has shifted over the past two decades, from "limited English proficient" to "English language learner" to what is now the preferred term in California and, increasingly, other states: "English learner." Yet, what has not changed is how this category continues to…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Bilingual Students, English Language Learners, Labeling (of Persons)
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Kersten-Parrish, Sara; Dallacqua, Ashley K. – Reading Teacher, 2018
Children's literature plays an essential role in the literacy development of children. This department column focuses on the teaching and use of children's literature and provides educators with information about a wide range of books across multiple genres that are representative of the diverse world in which we live. A strong emphasis is placed…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Library Materials, Literary Genres, Reading Material Selection
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Knight, Jennifer A.; Justesen, Hilary A. – Reading Teacher, 2018
Comprehension is the overall goal of reading. One approach to help students increase their comprehension is to discuss a text in small-group settings. Yet, many students struggle to fully engage in meaningful discussions within these groups. Students' ability to retain and share what they read is one reason for this lack of discussion. Teaching…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Group Discussion
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Nash, Kindel; Panther, Leah; Arce-Boardman, Alicia – Reading Teacher, 2018
This article features a culturally sustaining practice that many early literacy teachers can adapt and use: "la historia de mi nombre"/the story of my name. The practice is described in the context of a second-grade bi/multilingual class as the Latinx students are learning about their names through culturally authentic literature,…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, Culturally Relevant Education, Grade 2
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