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Babino, Alexandra; Araujano, Juan J.; Maxwell, Marie L. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2019
In most cases, the curriculum chosen for wide-use does not mirror or address the pressing needs of bi/multilingual learners, especially for those who are in middle and high school settings. In light of this and the increasingly negative national discourse surrounding minoritized students, our focus in this article is to offer in-service teachers a…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Social Justice, Children, Childrens Literature
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Bustamante, Analynn; Eom, Minhee – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
This study investigated attitudes of linguistically diverse students towards writing in English in four different domains: general academic writing, writing in humanities, writing in science-related subjects (STEM), and writing in electronic communication. A total of 77 Hispanic bilingual/ELL adult students at an alternative high school in…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Academic Discourse, Content Area Writing, Electronic Publishing
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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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Woodruff, Amanda H.; Griffin, Robert A. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
A fresh look at the reader response theory to enhance student comprehension through meaningful interactions with literature, this paper explores the instructional implications of a reader response approach in secondary classrooms and examines its role in fostering students' critical reading and thinking skills. The approach promotes transaction…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Secondary School Students, Reading Comprehension, Reading Improvement
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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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Velten, Justin; Mokhtari, Kouider – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
In this brief report, we share three challenges we encountered when designing and implementing an after school intervention program for an ethnically diverse group of middle grade underachieving readers. We also offer practical solutions to help guide middle school teams in anticipating and addressing potential problems when putting in place…
Descriptors: Barriers, After School Programs, Intervention, Student Diversity
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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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Stover, Katie; O'Rear, Allison; Morris, Carolyn – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Research suggests that additional reading instruction is necessary to support struggling adolescent readers. In addition to time allocated for reading and access to appropriately leveled texts, many students need teacher support in learning and implementing a range of reading strategies. As a high school English teacher and a middle school Social…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Reading Difficulties, Student Needs, Tutoring
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Cummins, Amy – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
Analyzing Meg Medina's young adult novel "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass" (2013) through the lens of multidisciplinary research on school bullying provides a case study in using young adult literature (YAL) to stimulate high school discussions about bullying. Strategies for using anti-bullying YAL and recommendations of additional…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Adolescent Literature, Bullying, Interdisciplinary Approach
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McConn, Matthew – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
Many times students are directed to make a personal connection to literature without being guided toward how their connection works interdependently with the structure of the narrative to create a greater meaning, much less directed toward how this connection can hold meaning for their own lives. Through student samples, this article attempts to…
Descriptors: Literature Appreciation, Reader Text Relationship, Teaching Methods, Literature
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Johnson, Kary A.; Wilson, Celia M.; Williams-Rossi, Dara – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2013
This exploratory study investigated how reading comprehension was conceptualized on the new high-stakes test, the 2011-2012 State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Specifically, comprehension, rate, and accuracy scores on the Gray Oral Reading Test 4 (GORT-4) from a group of struggling, low-SES, Hispanic middle school students (n…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Reading Comprehension, High Stakes Tests, Oral Reading
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Vasinda, Sheri; Grote-Garcia, Stephanie; Durham, Patricia – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2013
When browsing through professional catalogs or attending national conferences, one cannot help but notice the growing emphasis on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). So, what does this mean for Texas teachers? As part of a special four-part series in our Texas Journal of Literacy Education, a special task force from the TALE Board will share…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, College Readiness, Career Readiness, Reading Skills