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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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Schutz, Kristine M.; Rainey, Emily C. – Reading Teacher, 2020
Although modeling is an instructional approach commonly named in literacy education circles, the authors struggled to articulate the essential features of modeling to preservice teachers. This was a problem for them and for the preservice teachers with whom they worked. The problem also represents a larger one in the field, which is that educators…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teachers
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Reid, Stephanie F.; Moses, Lindsey – Reading Teacher, 2020
The authors detail how one fourth-grade teacher implemented a comics writers' workshop in the weeks that concluded the academic school year. Each phase of the comics writers' workshop is described. Students interpreted and analyzed the words, images, and design features that compose published comics before constructing and publishing their own…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Teachers, Writing Workshops, Writing Instruction
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Mayes, Amanda S.; Coppola, Elizabeth C.; Fa, Bingxin – Reading Teacher, 2020
The authors explored the impact of a novel, interactive performing arts-based program on students' writing skills. The program featured the Story Pirates, a group that teaches children how to write stories and then turns their stories into a musical sketch comedy show. Written stories from the third-grade students in an elementary school were…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Theater Arts, Writing Skills
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Grysko, Rebeca A.; Zygouris-Coe, Vassiliki I. – Reading Teacher, 2020
The elementary grades provide a rich context for literacy and science learning. Reading, writing, and talk support students' conceptual understanding of and engagement with science. The authors provide theoretical and research evidence to support the teaching of five instructional strategies that can facilitate literacy and science learning in…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Elementary School Students
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Barone, Jennifer; Khairallah, Pamela; Gabriel, Rachael – Reading Teacher, 2020
Running records can be the assessments that teachers are looking for when searching for an efficient way to plan meaningful literacy instruction. Running records can give teachers immediate insights to guide on-the-fly prompting and teaching decisions to build reader independence. The authors use classroom examples to illustrate how taking and…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Instruction, Progress Monitoring, Error Patterns
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Ward, Natalia A.; Warren, Amber N. – Reading Teacher, 2020
The authors closely analyzed 45 children's books featuring characters with refugee backgrounds that had been published since 2013. With the concept of culturally sustaining pedagogy underpinning the review, analysis revealed that these texts are rich and detailed, providing a starting point for discussing the global refugee crisis with students,…
Descriptors: Refugees, Childrens Literature, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Pluralism
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Driessens, Sarah; Parr, Michelann – Reading Teacher, 2020
The authors expand discussions about critical literacy with a focus on how quick writes can be used to facilitate critical literacy within the context of both teaching and learning. Quick writes, initiated by carefully crafted invitations, are presented as a low-risk space for students to address issues of social justice and civil rights. Writing…
Descriptors: Critical Literacy, Writing Strategies, Social Justice, Civil Rights
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Brosseuk, Deb; Exley, Beryl; Neumann, Michelle – Reading Teacher, 2020
The authors present the literacy pedagogical approach LAUNCH and reveal its influence on young learners as engineers of literacy learning through text production. Findings are reported from design-based research in a case study of an Australian early years classroom. Using a qualitative orientation, data were generated from video and audio…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Case Studies, Preschool Education, Males
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Lupo, Sarah M.; Berry, Alicia; Thacker, Emma; Sawyer, Amanda; Merritt, Joi – Reading Teacher, 2020
Building content knowledge alongside the task of increasing literacy skills has become a goal for many elementary classrooms. Selecting and implementing texts for the literacy block that both increase content knowledge and develop students' literacy skills alongside increasing motivation for reading is a daunting task. The authors share a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Education, Reading Material Selection
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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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