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Stewart, Mary Amanda; Walker, Katie; Revelle, Carol – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
In various conversations regarding how to teach language and literacy to adolescent English Learners (ELs), students' voices are often lost. This article privileges those voices by surveying ELs in Texas high schools regarding what, why, and how they want to read and write in and out of school. The authors surveyed the students before and after an…
Descriptors: Adolescents, English Language Learners, Student Surveys, High School Students
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Yearta, Lindsay; Helf, Shawnna; Harris, Lisa – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
Our students' voices matter; their stories are important. Digital tools can help students craft and publish their stories for wide, varied, authentic audiences. As little as a decade ago, it was difficult and expensive to publish digital stories. Given the myriad of apps and tools now available, teachers in elementary, middle, and high school…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Electronic Publishing
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Mahzoon-Hagheghi, Masomeh; Yebra, Roxie; Johnson, Robin D.; Sohn, Lucinda N. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
The purpose of this article is to provide preservice and new STEM teachers with an understanding of the benefits of using science trade books to foster comprehension of the science content in the classroom and explain how to supplement science instruction with children's literature. By using children's literature in the science classroom, students…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Childrens Literature, Literacy
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Johns, Jerry L.; Wilke, Kristine H. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
This is a practical article for teachers in the primary grades and for other teachers and reading specialists whose students experience difficulty responding automatically to high-frequency words. In this article, we will begin by providing some helpful information about vocabulary and high-frequency words in particular. You will learn why…
Descriptors: Word Frequency, Word Study Skills, Reading Consultants, Elementary Education
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Casey, J. Elizabeth; Mireles, Selina V.; Viloria, Maria de Lourdes; Garza, Ester – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
Students who struggle with vocabulary knowledge often see a decline in comprehension of content. Even students who receive strong reading instruction in the early elementary years may still experience the fourth-grade slump (Chall, 1983), which more often affects students from underserved populations. Many of those same students are also affected…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Vocabulary, Content Area Reading, Science Instruction
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Bustamante, Analynn; Eom, Minhee – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
This study investigated attitudes of linguistically diverse students towards writing in English in four different domains: general academic writing, writing in humanities, writing in science-related subjects (STEM), and writing in electronic communication. A total of 77 Hispanic bilingual/ELL adult students at an alternative high school in…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Academic Discourse, Content Area Writing, Electronic Publishing
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Abel, Carolyn Davidson; Abel, Charles Frederick – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
How did Cuba erase illiteracy in a single year? How did they combine both a phonics approach with the constructivist meaning-based model for teaching reading that we cannot seem to manage here in the states? This paper seeks to shed light on Cuba's impressive 1961 National Literacy Campaign and reflects upon implications for early literacy…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Emergent Literacy, Illiteracy, Educational Change
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Risko, Victoria J. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
In this article, Victoria Risko discusses the power of professional learning that is supported by knowledgeable others and recommends a multi-talented approach that draws on the expertise of reading specialists, literacy coaches, and classroom teachers. Next, she discusses the challenges one faces when implementing professional learning…
Descriptors: Literacy, Teaching Methods, Evidence Based Practice, Professional Education
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McCrocklin, Shannon; Slater, Tammy – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
This article introduces an approach that middle-school teachers can follow to help their students carry out linguistic-based literary analyses. As an example, it draws on Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG) to show how J.K. Rowling used language to characterize Hermione as an intelligent female in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Story Grammar, Teaching Methods, Text Structure
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Putman, Rebecca – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
Learning how to spell is important. Most people would agree that the ability to spell correctly is an essential trait of literate people, and that students must be taught how to spell correctly; however, there is still debate among parents, educators, and the public as to how spelling should be taught in the schools. This paper reexamines and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Teaching Methods, Spelling Instruction, Comparative Analysis
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Baker, Sheila F.; McEnery, Lillian – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
Close Reading utilizes several strategies to help readers think more critically about a text. Close reading can be performed within the context of shared readings, read-alouds by the teacher, literature discussion groups, and guided reading groups. Students attempting to more closely read difficult texts may benefit from technologies and platforms…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Reading Strategies, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Peterson, Shelley Stagg; Greenberg, Janice – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
A speech-language pathologist and former primary teacher who is now a researcher conducting action research with kindergarten teachers in northern rural Canadian classrooms collaborate in an analysis of one teacher's interactions with her students in a dramatic play center. We use three principles to show how the teacher supports children's…
Descriptors: Dramatic Play, Literacy, Oral Language, Intervention
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Kinkead-Clark, Zoyah – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
The following article aims to present, from children's perspectives, the value of literacy and how they use it in their everyday lives. Through the use of ethnographic methodology, including observations, interviews and collection of artifacts, it seeks to examine how children rely on their literacy skills authentically, as they play and move…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Interviews, Emergent Literacy, Early Reading
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Brooks. Benita R. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
House Bill (HB) 2237 (80th Legislature), Section 6: Adolescent Reading Assessment requires districts and public charter schools to administer the Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment (TMSFA) or some other state approved alternative assessment to students in grade seven who do not demonstrate reading proficiency on the grade six state reading…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students
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Woodruff, Amanda H.; Griffin, Robert A. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
A fresh look at the reader response theory to enhance student comprehension through meaningful interactions with literature, this paper explores the instructional implications of a reader response approach in secondary classrooms and examines its role in fostering students' critical reading and thinking skills. The approach promotes transaction…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Secondary School Students, Reading Comprehension, Reading Improvement
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