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Havran, Marie Putnam – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2020
Teachers can foster a love of reading in their students by regularly modeling their own reading lives. This sort of modeling involves both helping students to develop reading skills and sharing personal stories that illustrate the importance of reading in adulthood. The present study describes the impact of purposefully sharing my personal reading…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Suburban Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Back, Amy J. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2020
Public schools in the U.S. today are educating more students from language and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds and from lower socioeconomic groups. Schools, however, have a long history of providing inequitable educational opportunities that disadvantage low income students and students of color who are increasingly segregated in under-funded…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation, Bilingual Students
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González Martín, Ana María; Pulte, William; Hall, Viviana – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2020
Dual language programs are poised to produce bilingual/biliterate teacher candidates to alleviate bilingual educator shortages. Therefore, in search for ways to support the growing number of Spanish/English dual language programs in Texas, the authors of this paper analyzed the variations of Spanish language and proficiency levels of 9th grade…
Descriptors: Spanish, Heritage Education, Bilingualism, Literacy
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Hudson, Alida K.; Pletcher, Bethanie – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2020
This article presents findings from a study in which nine classroom teachers interacted with campus literacy coaches. Teachers were interviewed about qualities that they believe constituted an effective literacy coach. The themes that emerged were that literacy coaches have strong interpersonal skills, are knowledgeable, provide specific feedback,…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Literacy Education, Coaching (Performance), Teacher Effectiveness
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Friedrich, Nicola; Porter, Christine – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2020
This paper describes the textual practices of kindergarten children as they co-created and participated in a movie theatre play context within their rural classroom. Data informing this paper were drawn from classroom videos of children (aged 3-5 years) as they engaged in activities associated with the movie theatre, field notes from action…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Kindergarten, Theaters
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Young, Chase; Polk, Lisa; Durham, Patricia; Kerbs, Macie – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2020
In this article, the authors describe some recent research on Readers Theater in the elementary classroom that examined gender differences and achievement. In one particular study, boys who participated in Readers Theater significantly outperformed their peers in reading comprehension. Elementary school boys reported enjoying Readers Theater…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Reading Instruction, Elementary School Students, Males
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Scullin, Bethany – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2020
Among the many factors contributing to the historical lack of reading gains of our Black male students is the absence of texts accurately and authentically representing African American characters in today's schools. In addition, well-meaning educators are not adept in identifying and selecting these types of texts in order to provide African…
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Reading Material Selection, Culturally Relevant Education
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Hendrickson, Rachel; Peterson-Hernandez, Katie – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2020
This article reports on how pen pals can be incorporated into the literacy classroom for engagement and motivational interest. The authors describe a study in which focused, interactive pen pals were implemented in a third-grade classroom, and the influence this practice had on students' writing. Incorporating pen pals during writing instruction…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Letters (Correspondence), Authentic Learning, Instructional Effectiveness
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Youngs, Suzette; Loyd, Stacy – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2020
Learning to question power relationships, symbols of power, and how power is used and negotiated in children's literature through critical dialogue can support young readers to move toward a social justice mindset. The authors of this article share critical strategies and analytic tools to support teachers and readers to analyze types of power,…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Childrens Literature, Power Structure, Social Justice
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Wilson, Tara – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2020
The purpose for this qualitative study was to describe elementary school teachers' perspectives on working with a literacy instructional coach. The particular literacy instructional coach in this study was also a university professor, not employed by the school district. The university professor provided professional learning to meet instructional…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, College Faculty, Partnerships in Education
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Casey, J. Elizabeth; Linn, Diana; Pennington, Lisa K.; Mireles, Selina V.; Lopez, Dallas J. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2020
It is important that preservice and in-service teachers use effective supports for English language learners (ELLs) in science classes to enhance learning. ELLs with limited English proficiency may need more supports to address language barriers that affect student learning. Literature circles can be used to enhance understanding of content when…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Teaching Methods, English Language Learners, Language Proficiency
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Bledsoe, Christie; Pilgrim, Jodi; Vasinda, Sheri; Martinez, Elda – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2019
Today's student must be able to work in an online environment. This often presents unique challenges for elementary students as they develop and extend fundamental literacy skills to various media. Many text features such as titles, headings, authors, and copyrights are easily transferable from paper to an online format; however, orientation and…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary School Students, Literacy
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Babino, Alexandra; Araujano, Juan J.; Maxwell, Marie L. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2019
In most cases, the curriculum chosen for wide-use does not mirror or address the pressing needs of bi/multilingual learners, especially for those who are in middle and high school settings. In light of this and the increasingly negative national discourse surrounding minoritized students, our focus in this article is to offer in-service teachers a…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Social Justice, Children, Childrens Literature
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Watts-Taffe, Susan; Gwinn, Carolyn B.; Forrest, Chris – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2019
The Four Es (Explain, Engage, Extend, Examine) is a concrete approach to incorporating research-based practice into daily vocabulary instruction by focusing on the pivotal role of teacher and student talk in word learning. Specifically, teachers use language that is understandable to students, identify misunderstandings and correct them within a…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Vocabulary Development, Learner Engagement, Language Usage
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Landreth, Shelly – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
Choral reading is reading in unison, like a chorus, with the teacher taking the lead (Rasinski, 1989). It is highly efficient because all students practice at the same time (Paige & Magpuri-Lavell, 2014). It is also effective with struggling readers and English Learners because of the "tent of anonymity" it provides when readers read…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Instruction, Reading Difficulties, Group Instruction
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