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Duke, Nell K.; Mesmer, Heidi Anne E. – American Educator, 2019
The need to explicitly teach letter-sound relationships in U.S. classrooms is settled science. However, too often such instruction is not provided in the most efficient or effective way. These instructional missteps mean that fewer children will develop strong word-reading skills. In addition, ineffective phonics instruction is likely to require…
Descriptors: Phonics, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Alphabets, Reading Instruction
Wright, Tanya S. – American Educator, 2019
Interactive read-alouds, where adults read text to children and facilitate discussion of the text, are an incredibly effective method for supporting children's literacy learning. In this article, Tanya Wright, an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, describes some of the knowledge and skills that…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Literacy, Reading Skills, Early Childhood Education
Duke, Nell K. – American Educator, 2016
In a project-based learning approach, students work over an extended time period for a purpose beyond satisfying a school requirement--to build something, to create something, to respond to a question they have, to solve a real problem, or to address a real need. For example, students might work to plan, plant, and cultivate a garden to help feed…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Design
Guernsey, Lisa; Levine, Michael H. – American Educator, 2016
Young children today are gaining access to a dizzying array of apps, games, and videos. With all of this digital media at their fingertips, two urgent questions have emerged in preschools and elementary schools: Could technology interfere with the way children learn to read? Or could it help? While questions continue to arise about the challenges…
Descriptors: Young Children, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Computer Oriented Programs
Rickenbrode, Robert; Walsh, Kate – American Educator, 2013
In 2000, the National Reading Panel report identified five essential components of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Yet a new study of university-based teacher preparation programs finds that few cover these components, leaving teachers without research-based expertise. (Contains 2…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Reading Fluency
Shanahan, Timothy – American Educator, 2013
With the Common Core State Standards, instruction in English language arts will dramatically change. Unlike prior state standards, these new standards place a greater emphasis on reading challenging texts. To that end, teachers will need to support students in paying closer attention to such texts. Instead of focusing on pre-reading activities…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Language Arts, Reading Instruction
Neuman, Susan B.; Celano, Donna C. – American Educator, 2012
This article is excerpted from "Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance: Poverty, Literacy, and the Development of Information Capital" by Susan B. Neuman and Donna C. Celano. Based on 21 studies conducted over 10 years in two neighborhoods, it offers a new lens on the achievement gap--and the need for both school and community solutions. The…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Neighborhoods, Reading Research, Poverty
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2012
Five years ago, as a way to ensure that students not only learn to decode but also understand what they decode, the Core Knowledge Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes the Core Knowledge curriculum, created a language arts program for kindergarten through second grade. The program includes two 60-minute strands: (1) a "Skills Strand," in which…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Reading, Kindergarten
Adams, Marilyn Jager – American Educator, 2011
The language of today's twelfth-grade English texts is simpler than that of seventh-grade texts published prior to 1963. No wonder students' reading comprehension has declined sharply. The author claims that literacy level of secondary students is languishing because the kids are not reading what they need to be reading. In this article, the…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Core Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Vocabulary Development
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2010
This article features a school district in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, that has created a full-day preschool program that helps prepare all children socially and academically for school. For students ages 3 and 4 in Perth Amboy, the two ideas--learning and fun--are one and the same. Through the district's full-day preschool program, teachers…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Children, Curriculum
Perlstein, Linda – American Educator, 2010
In all the elementary schools in the county, benchmark assessments were given six times a year in math and three times in reading; they were modeled after the questions anticipated on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA). Although results were sent to the school board, there were no cosmic consequences for the hourlong tests; they were supposed to…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Boards of Education, Evaluation Methods, Grade 3
Hirsch, E. D., Jr.; Moats, Louisa C. – American Educator, 2001
Two papers examine how to promote literacy among high risk students by better utilizing literacy time blocks and providing faculty development. One explains that poor children with good decoding skills still can have vocabulary and comprehension deficiencies. The other describes how bringing reading research into the classroom requires giving…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Faculty Development, Literacy Education
Ravitch, Diane; Adams, Marilyn Jager; Neil, Nancy Rae; Hirsch, E. D., Jr.; Blevins, Wiley; Rath, Linda K. – American Educator, 2001
Presents several tributes to Jeanne Chall, long-time educator and director of the Reading Laboratory at Harvard University. The tributes focus on Chall's historic contribution to the field of reading research; her beliefs about the ability of all children to read; her written works; her abilities as a teacher and as a mentor; and her ability to…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Reading Instruction, Reading Research
Biemiller, Andrew; Andrew – American Educator, 2001
Examines several points supporting the argument for increased emphasis on vocabulary, including: the consequences of an increased emphasis on phonics; limited school promotion of vocabulary development; the sequential nature of vocabulary acquisition; and defining an essential vocabulary for high school graduates. Emphasizes the need for a more…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Phonics, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills
Miller, Julie A. – American Educator, 1998
Describes the work of Andrew Carroll, director (and only full-time employee) of the American Poetry and Literacy Project, who tours the United States giving away books of poetry to combat the idea that poetry is only for the intellectual elite. Some of his suggestions for teaching poetry to students are discussed. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Literacy, Literature Appreciation, Poetry
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