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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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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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Willson, Angeli Marie; Falcon, Lori Ann – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
This article examines how elementary public school teachers in South Texas are implementing a balanced literacy approach in light of the expectations of accountability for student performance. For more than three decades, Texas schools have felt, and continue to feel, the pressure of accountability. Therefore, it becomes essential to investigate…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Accountability, Teaching Methods, Literacy Education
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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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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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Nath, Lopita; Grote-Garcia, Stephanie – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
The U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program offers a quick path to permanent residency and adjustment to the United States, with the major objectives of economic success, community involvement, and local integration. The success of the program partly depends on the response of the American community towards refugees. Using the foundational idea that…
Descriptors: Refugees, Picture Books, Social Integration, Childrens Literature
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Kirchoff, Jeff – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
Literacy scholarship has established the importance of teaching, supporting, and facilitating digital literacy education for 21st century students. Stuart Selber goes a step further, arguing that students must be functionally (using digital technology), critically (questioning digital technology), and rhetorically (producing effective digital…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Literacy, Technological Literacy, Critical Literacy
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