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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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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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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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