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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lain, Sheryl – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
This article details the secondary English teacher's application of a reader's workshop to teach literature.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Workshops, Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers
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Velten, Justin; Mokhtari, Kouider – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
In this brief report, we share three challenges we encountered when designing and implementing an after school intervention program for an ethnically diverse group of middle grade underachieving readers. We also offer practical solutions to help guide middle school teams in anticipating and addressing potential problems when putting in place…
Descriptors: Barriers, After School Programs, Intervention, Student Diversity
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Lindley, Sarah; Giles, Rebecca M.; Tunks, Karyn – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
Decades of research have focused on the impact of summer learning loss and effective tools in stemming the flow of knowledge lost during summer break. While reading lists have become a standard practice for addressing students' needs to maintain learning levels over the summer months, very little research has been conducted on the book lists…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Reading Materials, Books, Grade 8