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McNair, Jonda C. – Reading Teacher, 2021
I present a sampling of picture books with a focus on three peritextual features in particular: dust jackets, case covers that are different from the dust jackets, and endpapers. First, I briefly highlight scholarship related to peritextual features, followed by a description of four picture books with these three peritextual features, and…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Paper (Material), Reading Materials, Reading Comprehension
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Domke, Lisa M.; Cárdenas Curiel, Lucía – Reading Teacher, 2021
Engaging in discussions of texts featuring diverse expressions of bilingualism is important at the elementary level to move away from historical conceptions of bilingualism focused on language proficiency and instead embrace a translanguaging view focused on linguistic practices. To successfully engage in these conversations, understanding…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Language Usage, Reading Material Selection, Code Switching (Language)
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Holshouser, Kaitlyn O.; Medina, Adriana L. – Reading Teacher, 2021
In this practitioner-based teaching tip, the authors provide pragmatic tips to teachers regarding the integration of global education and literacy instruction. Through the pairing of the Sustainable Development Goals and carefully selected trade books, teachers are provided with a framework that can help them get started transforming their…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Global Education, Books, Literacy Education
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Taylor, Laura A. – Reading Teacher, 2021
Scaffolding serves as an important instructional tool for supporting students' literacy development. To be effective, however, teachers must continually adapt the scaffolding offered to students to provide appropriate levels of both support and challenge. In this article, the sociolinguistic concept of stance is used to conceptualize how…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Literacy Education, Sociolinguistics
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Pierce, Kathryn Mitchell; Gilles, Carol – Reading Teacher, 2021
Even though student-led small-group book discussions about fiction have been a curricular staple, teachers still contend with surface-level discussions and students who have difficulty with creating meaning together. Based on their previous findings, the authors explore building a foundation for discussions (for teachers new to literature study)…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Literature Appreciation, Group Discussion
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Cappello, Marva; Walker, Nancy T. – Reading Teacher, 2021
Expanding definitions of literacy requires classroom instruction that provides multiple pathways for students to demonstrate their understanding of the content and communicate knowledge. Privileging the use of visual and multimodal texts as valued school communication may create equitable practices for students who are new to English or struggle…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, English Language Learners
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Hartsfield, Danielle E.; Kimmel, Sue C. – Reading Teacher, 2021
Young readers depend on adults to provide access to a variety of materials representing diverse perspectives and providing information about topics of interest and importance to them. The decisions of literacy professionals to include or exclude a book from a lesson or a collection have far-reaching implications for the kinds of ideas,…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Reading Material Selection, Decision Making, Diversity
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Manyak, Patrick C.; Manyak, Ann-Margaret – Reading Teacher, 2021
The authors describe Literary Analysis and Writing, an integrated instructional routine, developed through a formative experiment research project, that prompts students to uncover the deeper meanings of literary texts. The routine weaves together brief preteaching of carefully selected vocabulary words, whole-class assisted reading of text, close…
Descriptors: Literary Criticism, Writing Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Vocabulary
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Morgan, Denise N.; Evans, Kristen I.; DeFrancesco, Justine – Reading Teacher, 2021
Teaching for theme is one aspect of reading comprehension that is often elusive for both teachers and students. Specifically, teachers are challenged with elevating students' thinking from the plot level to a more abstract level when teaching for theme understanding. Students are challenged with transitioning between the story world and the real…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Literary Devices, Reading Instruction, Story Reading
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Smith, Jennifer M.; Robertson, Marla K. – Reading Teacher, 2021
Infographics are appearing in children's magazines, picture books, and informational texts. Understanding, and ultimately creating, these complex visual representations of information or data requires higher level thinking skills to analyze and understand how the text and graphics work together to convey meaning. The authors provide a framework…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Visual Learning, Thinking Skills, Guidelines
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Hadley, Elizabeth Burke; Mendez, Karyn Zalman – Reading Teacher, 2021
Vocabulary learning is an essential component of early literacy instruction. However, choosing appropriate words for instruction can be a challenge, with many resources encouraging the instruction of words that are either too easy or too obscure. This article, based on a systematic review of vocabulary interventions, presents research-based…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Selection, Teaching Methods, Selection Criteria
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Simonson, Noah; Timmermans, Karren M. – Reading Teacher, 2021
Comics Academy is an after-school S.T.E.A.M. club in which students learn the history of comics, comic book formatting, the basics of drawing and perspective and, most important, how to collaborate to bring their stories to life through comics.
Descriptors: Cartoons, Art Education, STEM Education, After School Programs
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Hsin, Lisa B.; Mu, Nan; Selman, Robert L. – Reading Teacher, 2021
We paint a picture of preadolescent students' thinking on a topic of everyday importance: the right to use and the responsibility not to abuse digital technology in school. We analyzed the writing of students in grades 4-7 in response to an essay prompt about classroom iPad (tablet computer) use after a hypothetical cyberbullying incident,…
Descriptors: Student Rights, Student Responsibility, Technology Integration, Handheld Devices
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Brown, Sally; Allmond, Alexandra – Reading Teacher, 2021
Composing is an essential part of literacy development in early childhood classrooms, and writing experiences are continually changing through advances in technology. Writing in a new language can be particularly challenging for emergent bilinguals as they navigate learning how to spell in English as part of the writing process. New pedagogical…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Computer Software
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Trujillo, Andrea R.; Emerson, Andrea M. – Reading Teacher, 2021
The authors guide early childhood educators through steps for empowering the inner authentic writer in young preschool children by maximizing illustrations. Preschoolers' emergent writing experiences should be authentic and support positive writing identities as their skills develop. The authors explain how to model flexible and authentic…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Writing (Composition), Illustrations, Preschool Children
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