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Bledsoe, Christie; Pilgrim, Jodi; Vasinda, Sheri; Martinez, Elda – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2019
Today's student must be able to work in an online environment. This often presents unique challenges for elementary students as they develop and extend fundamental literacy skills to various media. Many text features such as titles, headings, authors, and copyrights are easily transferable from paper to an online format; however, orientation and…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary School Students, 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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Casey, J. Elizabeth; Mireles, Selina V.; Viloria, Maria de Lourdes; Garza, Ester – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
Students who struggle with vocabulary knowledge often see a decline in comprehension of content. Even students who receive strong reading instruction in the early elementary years may still experience the fourth-grade slump (Chall, 1983), which more often affects students from underserved populations. Many of those same students are also affected…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Vocabulary, Content Area Reading, Science Instruction
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Landreth, Shelly – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
Choral reading is reading in unison, like a chorus, with the teacher taking the lead (Rasinski, 1989). It is highly efficient because all students practice at the same time (Paige & Magpuri-Lavell, 2014). It is also effective with struggling readers and English Learners because of the "tent of anonymity" it provides when readers read…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Instruction, Reading Difficulties, Group Instruction
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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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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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Kinkead-Clark, Zoyah – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
The following article aims to present, from children's perspectives, the value of literacy and how they use it in their everyday lives. Through the use of ethnographic methodology, including observations, interviews and collection of artifacts, it seeks to examine how children rely on their literacy skills authentically, as they play and move…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Interviews, Emergent Literacy, Early Reading
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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
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Zoch, Melody; Adams-Budde, Melissa; Langston-Demott, Brooke – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
The authors present the experiences of Wyatt, a nine-year-old whose mother described him as a struggling writer, in a summer digital writing camp. The authors consider how Wyatt was positioned as a writer at camp and how this may have differed from his experiences at school. They found that for Wyatt, being able to compose with digital tools along…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Student Writing Models, Electronic Publishing, Student Experience
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Butler, Melinda S.; Votteler, Nancy K. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
When Debbie Miller, educational consultant and author of "Reading with Meaning" (2013) and "Teaching with Intention" (2008) visited a Title I elementary school in Texas, the instructional reading coach was challenged in her thinking about best practices for independent reading. Ms. Miller's visit included modeling interactive…
Descriptors: Reflection, Coaching (Performance), Literacy Education, Reading Instruction
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Durham, Patricia; Raymond, Roberta D. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
This study examined how purposely exposing students to types of "tagging" opportunities for metacognitive reading skills strengthened cognitive reading fluency, or the fluidity and awareness of thinking, applying, and reflecting on their critical reading skills. Additionally, another purpose was to uncover if becoming metacognitively…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Metacognition, Reading Fluency
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Montelongo, José A.; Hernández, Anita C.; Herter, Roberta J. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
English-Spanish cognates are words that possess identical or nearly identical spellings and meanings in both English and Spanish as a result of being derived mainly from Latin and Greek. Of major importance is the fact that many of the more than 20,000 cognates in English are academic vocabulary words, terms essential for comprehending school…
Descriptors: English, Spanish, Picture Books, Reading Lists
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Young, Chase; Stover, Katie – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
This study helped the researchers to determine if blogging as a revision strategy in a second grade classroom was beneficial. Nineteen second grade students wrote expository essays and made revisions and edits based on peer feedback in a blogging environment. Six elementary school teachers independently rated the students' writing samples using…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Electronic Publishing, Elementary School Students, Revision (Written Composition)
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Sharp, Laurie; Brown, Tiffany – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Handwriting is an essential skill for learners, but advancements with technology have greatly altered perceptions towards handwriting and handwriting instruction. This study sought to determine the current state of handwriting through an exploratory analysis of the teaching experiences of three practicing elementary teachers with varying…
Descriptors: Handwriting, Teaching Methods, Teaching Experience, Teacher Attitudes
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Chiarelli, MaryAnne; Szabo, Susan; Williams, Susan – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
This study examined the use of a free behavioral management software program to see if it was successful to help first grade students recognize and self-monitor their behaviors while working in centers during teacher directed guided reading time. The study found that ClassDojo had a positive impact on these first grade students' behaviors and…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Classroom Techniques, Computer Software, Technology Uses in Education
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