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Leija, María G.; Martinez, Miriam; DeJulio, Samuel – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2023
Teachers of beginning readers have choices in the books they select. A careful look at the features of books provides an informed basis for choosing books that engage young readers. In this article we share insights from a comparative content analysis of leveled readers and Geisel award books that can motivate children to read and prepare them for…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Beginning Reading, Books, Reading Material Selection
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Mercado-Sierra, Marta A.; Northam, Sarah H. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2023
Information literacy is critical to finding, evaluating, using, and creating information. Information literacy also influences how we navigate daily life, workplace environments, and civic participation. This paper argues that students transitioning from high school to college lack skills in information literacy. In Higher Ed., faculty and…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, College Faculty, Academic Libraries
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Revelle, Carol – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2023
This article focuses on the development of the Texas comprehension standards as found in the comprehension strand of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are described in relation to effective comprehension strategies.
Descriptors: Language Arts, English Instruction, Reading Comprehension, State Standards
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Bintz, William P. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2023
This article describes lessons learned from the implementation of an instructional strategy that was conducted with preservice teachers enrolled in an undergraduate literacy course highlighting reading and writing as instructional tools to teach content area material across the curriculum. One requirement in the course was a Poetry Project. This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Literacy Education, Poetry
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Bintz, William; Ciercierski, Lisa – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2022
This article describes an instructional strategy developed to integrate reading and writing. This strategy invites students to use reading, writing poetry, and illustrating as tools to represent intertextual connections to self-selected paired text. It identifies poetic inquiry as the research methodology, discusses intertextuality, and provides a…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction, Integrated Activities, Educational Strategies
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Kyser, Christine – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2022
This research conducted with third graders examined a teacher and her students as they transformed their traditional writing workshop to a designing workshop. Using the New London Group's (1996) pedagogy of multiliteracies and Katie Wood Ray's (2006) units of study as frameworks, students participated in a unit of study on informational texts.…
Descriptors: Multiple Literacies, Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Writing Workshops
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Schrodt, Katie; Barksdale, Bonnie; Fields, R. Stacy – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2022
This article seeks to empower teachers to create a literacy environment in which children begin to identify as writers: confident, willing to take risks, engaged, excited, persistent, resilient, resourceful, and self-starting. The teaching methods provided in the article are centered around the writer's workshop model, applied in a Kindergarten…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Writing (Composition), Kindergarten, Young Children
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Athans, Kimberly – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2022
This study explores the transformative nature of the National Writing Project (NWP). It employs an interpretive phenomenological analysis approach and self-efficacy theory in order to understand the perceptions of K-12 teachers who attended the NWP in Southeast Texas in the last five years. Using interviews, reflexive journals, and a reflective…
Descriptors: National Programs, Writing Instruction, Phenomenology, Writing Workshops
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Maynard, Chanelle; Young, Chase – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2022
The quasi-experimental study utilized an interrupted time-series design to examine the effect of 20 third graders' writing achievement as a result of a trait-based instructional approach to writing. The primary researcher provided writing professional development on traits-based instructional and assessment for a third-grade team. One of those…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Writing Achievement, Grade 3, Elementary School Students
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Casey, J. Elizabeth; Kuklies, Kimberly; Warner, Chelsea – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2022
It is important to build preservice teachers' self-efficacy in working with diverse learners. During summer of 2021, faculty from a mid-sized public university in the southwest took a small group of preservice teachers into central Mexico to provide opportunities in working with diverse learners and/or emergent bilingual students. Although this…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Bilingual Students
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Dasher, Holly; Pilgrim, Jodi – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2022
Schools around the nation are increasingly offering online testing options. House Bill (HB) 3906, passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019, resulted in the STAAR redesign, which will be administered in the 2022--2023 school year. The STAAR redesign includes several components including an online test administration for the STAAR. With the…
Descriptors: Test Format, Reading Tests, School Districts, Achievement Tests
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Morton, Tami; Dyer, Jennifer – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2022
This article provides an in-depth examination of differentiation, instructional strategies that cater to all learners. Differentiation is beneficial when teachers can select content, process, and products that meet student's needs. While teachers incorporate differentiation to modify instruction with struggling students, gifted and talented…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach, African American Students
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Delgado, Priscilla K. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2021
The use and importance of culturally relevant literature in the elementary classroom is discussed in this article. Common classroom practices with regard to use of literature and a review of the need for culturally relevant literature that provides students with windows and mirrors into lived experiences are both explored. Ways to identify and use…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Childrens Literature, Classroom Techniques, Best Practices
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Stagg Peterson, Shelley; Grimes, Ashley; Sky, Kathy – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2021
In this study, northern Canadian rural and Indigenous parents provided valuable information about the self-initiated writing that their two- through nine-year-old children do at home. In interview responses, participating parents told stories about the writing materials and spaces they make available to children for writing. They talked about how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Canada Natives, Rural Population, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Zoeller, Emily; Briceño, Allison – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2021
Although a multilingual, translanguaging approach to teaching reading has been found to have a positive impact on literacy development of Dual Language Learners, bilingual programs continue to fail students by delivering literacy instruction in separate linguistic times and spaces. In this article, we propose an approach we call Transleyendo,…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Bilingual Education, Holistic Approach
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