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Marzano, Robert J. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Marzano offers a brief review of research in vocabulary instruction, focusing on the concept of "tiers" to describe words used with different contexts and purposes. He then suggests teaching tools that may work to help specific student populations learn and retain those words across the K-12 curriculum.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Vocabulary, Elementary Secondary Education, Vocabulary Development
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O'Flahavan, John; Wallis, Judy – Voices from the Middle, 2005
In this article, the authors discuss how Louise Rosenblatt's work influenced many teachers' teaching and learning practices. Rosenblatt was known for helping readers find their rightful place in the act of reading. Louise argued in the 1930s (and steadfastly maintained until her recent death) that the act of reading was a dynamic transaction…
Descriptors: Democracy, Literature Appreciation, Reader Response, Context Effect
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Rasinski, Timothy; Padak, Nancy D. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
The authors outline a research study that explores the plight of students who direct so much effort into decoding that comprehension suffers. They make the case that difficulties in reading for older readers (intermediate, middle, and high school) could be due to reading fluency difficulties, and they offer strategies for helping these students…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Comprehension, Reading Difficulties
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Page, Michelle L. – Voices from the Middle, 2004
It's not enough to present students with multicultural literature. The potential impact of such literature stems from honest and deep discussion, and that can only take place in a room where respectful, trusting relationships have been built. The author offers principles and strategies for establishing those relationships, nurturing those…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, English, Language Arts, Classroom Environment
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Explains a shift in reading instruction theories, from defining reading as a set of discrete skills to understanding the role prior knowledge plays in comprehension. Presents annotations of 11 web sites that give teachers ideas about how to help students construct meaning and how to transact with text in powerful ways. Notes that these strategies…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Graphic Organizers, Internet, Prior Learning
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Burke, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Discusses the merits of three familiar classroom tools: overheads, whiteboards, and television monitors. Notes that each of these different tools offers a different means by which to introduce ideas and information, illustrate connections, and organize information. Concludes that using resources is important in the light of cutbacks many teachers…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Overhead Projectors
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Discusses how the technology of alphabetic writing is the first technology to "blame" for students' spelling problems. Considers the use of computers and spell checkers in dealing with spelling issues. Lists 10 Web sites that address spelling reform; research on spelling; and spelling lists, tests, tips, and games. (SG)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Internet, Spelling Instruction
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Jago, Carol – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Argues there is a problem with how California local school boards and district administration interpret curriculum and instruction in terms of their role in the evaluation of schools, teachers, and students. Notes that the California Teachers Association proposed legislation that would allow teachers to negotiate their role in decision-making…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Describes events of the Maine Writing Project Summer Institute. Notes that what happened in this past summer's institute can serve as a model for the ways poetry can be integrated throughout educators' work with students and throughout the lives of educators. (SG)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Innovation, Poetry, Summer Programs
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Provides an annotated list of 12 web sites to turn to for information concerning the ramifications of high-stakes testing. (SG)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests, Internet
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Lesesne, Teri S. – Voices from the Middle, 2001
Offers brief annotations of 18 books for young adults which are the author's favorites: books that break new ground with unusual styles and formats; that discuss hitherto taboo topics; and present fresh distinctive new voices for readers. (SR)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Books, Elementary Secondary Education
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Wilhelm, Jeff – Voices from the Middle, 2001
Discusses text features that tended to engage boys, and describes their desire to use literacy to share and socialize. Finds that boys were more different than alike, and that very particular conditions in the social context were more important than preexisting interests. Offers brief descriptions of 11 books the author has found to be appealing…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Elementary Secondary Education, Males
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Ward, Cheryl Karp – Voices from the Middle, 2001
Offers brief annotations of 24 books for adolescents in which girls take on tough tasks, face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and triumph over adversity. (SR)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Books, Coping
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Jones, Patrick – Voices from the Middle, 2001
Offers brief descriptions of 25 books, both fiction and nonfiction, that are accessible to struggling readers, provide a high-quality reading experience, and may allow them to break through their difficulties to see reading as something of value to their lives. (SR)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Books, Childrens Literature
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Carroll, Pamela Sissi; Hipple, Ted – Voices from the Middle, 2001
Presents brief annotations of 11 articles that consider the place of young adult literature in the classroom. Notes that these 11 are judged the best of Hipple's compilation (published in "The ALAN Review") of 99 fine articles about young adult literature, articles that were written across several decades and published in a variety of journals.…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction
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