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Traga Philippakos, Zoi A. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of strategy instruction with an emphasis on oral language and dramatization on the quality of first graders' procedural papers. Participants were 121 first grade students who attended a rural school and six teachers. Students and teachers were randomly assigned to condition. Instruction lasted…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction
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Schrodt, Katie E.; Elleman, Amy M.; FitzPatrick, Erin R.; Hasty, Michelle M.; Kim, Jwa K.; Tharp, Terri J.; Rector, Hillary – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
This convergent parallel mixed methods exploratory study used qualitative and quantitative data collected simultaneously, analyzed separately, and merged for an overarching interpretation. Kindergarten students (n = 27) were randomly assigned to either a control condition of Writer's Workshop or an experimental condition that featured…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Writing Instruction, Writing Workshops
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Madison, Ed; Anderson, Ross; Bousselot, Tracy – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
Becoming a proficient writer is a core competency for effective communication and central to college and career readiness for learners. Despite broad adoption of more rigorous standards and a push to incorporate writing across the curriculum, the majority of U.S. students across different grade levels fall short of grade-level expectations in…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Middle School Students, Grade 6, Writing Skills
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Conn, Cynthia A.; Sujo-Montes, Laura E.; Sealander, Karen A. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
Technology can play an important role in the development of reading fluency. Taking notes, recording brainstorm sessions, peer-reviewing, and publishing are all skills that support students in becoming academically literate for advanced schooling. This descriptive case study explored the use of the iBook application and features that come…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Case Studies, Learner Engagement, Brainstorming
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Foxworth, Lauren L.; Hashey, Andrew; Sukhram, Diana P. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
In an age when students are increasingly expected to demonstrate technology-based writing proficiency, fluency challenges with word processing programs can pose a barrier to successful writing when students are asked to compose using these tools. The current study was designed to determine whether differences existed in typing fluency and digital…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Students with Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Word Processing
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Chang, Xin; Wang, Pei; Cai, Meng-meng; Wang, Mingzhu – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
The present research set out to investigate the effect of working memory on English reading comprehension of Chinese middle school students. To do so, we recruited 150 Chinese students at grade 8 and conducted two studies. Study 1 examined the predictive power of working memory on the performance of English reading comprehension, grammar, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Wright, Catherine Z.; Dunsmuir, Sandra – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
This study explored whether being told stories by a teacher in school 4 days a week for 10 weeks would lead to improvements in 6- and 7-year-old children's oral language, written language, and self-perception. We also explored whether these improvements would be greater than those experienced by an active comparison group that was read the same…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Story Telling, Comparative Analysis, Metacognition
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Roessingh, Hetty; Nordstokke, David; Colp, Mitchell – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
Grade 4 represents a critical juncture in the literacy development of young students. This article explores the role of handwriting in unlocking the higher order psycholinguistic and metacognitive resources needed to compose quality text. In particular, we investigate the threshold of control over handwriting needed to unlock vocabulary that…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Literacy Education, Handwriting
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Gallagher, Melissa A.; Barber, Ana Taboada; Beck, Jori S.; Buehl, Michelle M. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
Vocabulary knowledge is a crucial element of reading comprehension. Academic vocabulary poses particular challenges for students and should be a focus of instruction, particularly for students from diverse language backgrounds. This study was part of a larger literacy in social studies intervention aimed at increasing students' reading…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Layes, Smail; Lalonde, Robert; Rebai, Mohamed – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
We examined the effects of an adaptive phonological training program on the enhancement of 3 processing abilities--namely, phonological awareness, rapid automatized naming, and phonological short-term memory--as well as word and pseudoword reading in Arabic-speaking children with dyslexia. We compared an experimental group (n = 20; mean age =…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Semitic Languages, Reading Skills, Phonology
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Johnson, Evelyn S.; Moylan, Laura A.; Crawford, Angela; Zheng, Yuzhu – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
In this study, we developed a Reading for Meaning special education teacher observation rubric that detailed the elements of evidence-based comprehension instruction and tested its psychometric properties using many-facet Rasch measurement. We collected video observations of classroom instruction from 10 special education teachers across 3 states…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Reading Comprehension, Special Education Teachers, Test Construction
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Keller, Julia; Ruthruff, Eric; Keller, Patrick – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
Metacognitive approaches are important in teaching reading skills, but experts know little about how to develop self-regulation through classroom interventions. This article reports results from a randomized controlled pilot trial in which we investigated whether mindfulness-based training improves literacy scores/attitudes in children with…
Descriptors: Timed Tests, Learning Disabilities, Metacognition, Reading Skills
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Lorimer, Maureen Reilly – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
For adolescents who struggle with reading, a lack of confidence and reluctance to read in content areas such as history/social science presents challenges to learning. More specifically, difficulties with text comprehension and analysis limit content knowledge acquisition and self-expression, which can impact academic success. Therefore, it is…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Literacy Education, Self Esteem, Course Content
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Guo, Qi; Barrot, Jessie S. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
Experts generally believe that written corrective feedback (CF) positively affects writing quality and learners' accurate use of language. However, researchers have not yet identified the most effective type of written CF or sufficiently explored the relation between type of written CF and targeted linguistic category. Thus, this study…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Gruhn, Sophie; Segers, Eliane; Verhoeven, Ludo – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2019
We investigated the efficiency of briefly presenting word forms (visual dictation) over and above word copying in 5 computerized repeated spelling training sessions of Dutch rule-based and loan words in advanced spellers in primary school. Using repeated measures analyses of variance, we compared the effects of 2 spelling feedback conditions in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Grade 6
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