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Cloonan, Anne; Paatsch, Louise; Hutchison, Kirsten – Reading Teacher, 2020
Contemporary students, accustomed to the agency and multimodality afforded by digital media in their out-of-school lives, require literature pedagogies that provide currency and appeal while furthering their understandings of literary techniques. Literature circles have long promoted student voice and choice but can lack criticality and attention…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Literary Devices, Learning Strategies, Student Empowerment
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García, Ofelia – Reading Teacher, 2020
The traditional monolingual and monoglossic perspective of literacy and biliteracy is compared with the perspective offered by translanguaging. The author explores how the monolingual and monoglossic view of literacy has been responsible for the failure of many Latinx bilingual students. A translanguaging perspective turns its attention toward the…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Literacy, Bilingual Education, Hispanic American Students
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Clarke, Lane W. – Reading Teacher, 2020
Walk a Day in My Shoes is a curricular project designed to provide a starting point for teachers to cultivate cross-cultural understanding among elementary-age students. In this curricular project, students created their own digital stories about a day spent in their shoes. Through photography, writing, and digital storytelling, each student…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Story Telling
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Jennerjohn, Anna – Reading Teacher, 2020
Educators of young students who want to invigorate relationships with students' families and boost student literacy can do so by cocreating culturally sustaining texts. A culturally sustaining text seeks to sustain a reader's cultures, literacies, and backgrounds. The author shares step-by-step instructions on how to make a culturally sustaining…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Literacy, Teaching Methods, Guides
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Gultekin, Mehmet; May, Laura – Reading Teacher, 2020
The authors describe how Middle Eastern Muslims are represented in a text set of award-winning picture books. Most were written by authors with outsider perspectives who wrote about (a) antiquated times and practices and (b) war-stricken countries and dangerous journeys. Although most of the books are not problematic on their own, the large number…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Muslims, Picture Books, Awards
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Goodwin, Amanda P.; Petscher, Yaacov; Jones, Sara; McFadden, Sara; Reynolds, Dan; Lantos, Tess – Reading Teacher, 2020
The authors describe Monster, P.I., which is an app-based, gamified assessment that measures language skills (knowledge of morphology, vocabulary, and syntax) of students in grades 5-8 and provides teachers with interpretable score reports to drive instruction that improves vocabulary, reading, and writing ability. Specifically, the authors…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Handheld Devices, Language Maintenance, Language Tests
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Clarke, Carolyn; Comber, Barbara – Reading Teacher, 2020
The authors explore the possibility that school literacy practices sent home as homework are changing family reading interactions by adding to the tasks that teachers expect parents to undertake. The authors consider how reading, formerly an elective leisure practice between parents and their children, has been reorganized and how this positions…
Descriptors: Homework, Parent Child Relationship, Family Literacy, Teacher Attitudes
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Callow, Jon; Buch, Bettina – Reading Teacher, 2020
The International Literacy Association is a global advocacy organization, and literacy is viewed as a human right worldwide. This department highlights research and research-to-practice at the international level to bring global best teaching practices to the forefront. Topics may include best practices for literacy instruction in Europe or other…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Advocacy, Civil Rights, Literacy
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García, Georgia Earnest; Sacco, Lena J.; Guerrero-Arias, Beatriz Eugenia – Reading Teacher, 2020
Spanish-English cognates (words from ancestrally related languages similar in appearance and meaning) are plentiful in students' reading materials, but few researchers have documented elementary-age bilingual (Spanish-English) students' actual use of cognates. The authors drew from two qualitative research studies to show how bilingual students…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Spanish, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Koltz, Jessica; Kersten-Parrish, Sara – Reading Teacher, 2020
To positively influence students' behavior and social relationships in the school and community settings, teachers can support students during early interventions and active conversations. Conversations held during class time that use picturebooks and restorative practice activities can be an appropriate way to support student learning and…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Childrens Literature, Early Intervention, Classroom Communication
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Portman, Steve – Reading Teacher, 2020
The author examines the benefits of journaling in his fifth-grade classroom. Reviewing student journal data from the past 25 years, he shares an effective method for preparing a classroom for daily journaling, one that minimizes teacher-issued prompts and implements procedures for sharing and reflecting. Positive effects include insights into…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Student Motivation, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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McLaughlin, Maureen; DeVoogd, Glenn – Reading Teacher, 2020
Critical literacy requires that readers have both the ability and the deliberate inclination to think critically about texts of all types, meaningfully question their origin and purpose, and take action. Response to reading from a critical stance has typically been limited to discussion but has recently expanded to include other modes of response.…
Descriptors: Critical Literacy, Critical Reading, Reader Response, Teaching Methods
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Robertson, Dana A.; Padesky, Christopher James – Reading Teacher, 2020
Interest-based instruction involves attending to students' individual interests, including their existing topical interests, and triggering new situational interests, which can be cultivated during instruction. Understanding four teaching actions--approaching curricular planning intentionally, contextualizing learning, building relevance and value…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Student Interests, Teaching Methods
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Manyak, Patrick C.; Latka, Michelle K. – Reading Teacher, 2020
Drawing on research-informed principles for primary-grade vocabulary instruction, the authors developed a series of engaging vocabulary units for a first-grade class. The units, focused on the explicit teaching of target words and the efficient highlighting of larger sets of semantically related words, involved five complementary elements: reading…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Grade 1, Teaching Methods, Oral Reading
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Vaughn, Margaret; Premo, Joshua; Sotirovska, Vera V.; Erickson, Danielle – Reading Teacher, 2020
Student agency is an important dimension of classroom literacy learning. Recent calls have emphasized the need to support student agency in literacy. Despite this interest, the field lacks a viable instrument that can be used to measure student agency with elementary students. The authors share the Student Agency Profile, a survey instrument that…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Personal Autonomy, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes
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