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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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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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Watts-Taffe, Susan; Gwinn, Carolyn B.; Forrest, Chris – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2019
The Four Es (Explain, Engage, Extend, Examine) is a concrete approach to incorporating research-based practice into daily vocabulary instruction by focusing on the pivotal role of teacher and student talk in word learning. Specifically, teachers use language that is understandable to students, identify misunderstandings and correct them within a…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Vocabulary Development, Learner Engagement, Language Usage
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Stewart, Mary Amanda; Walker, Katie; Revelle, Carol – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
In various conversations regarding how to teach language and literacy to adolescent English Learners (ELs), students' voices are often lost. This article privileges those voices by surveying ELs in Texas high schools regarding what, why, and how they want to read and write in and out of school. The authors surveyed the students before and after an…
Descriptors: Adolescents, English Language Learners, Student Surveys, High School Students
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Yearta, Lindsay; Helf, Shawnna; Harris, Lisa – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
Our students' voices matter; their stories are important. Digital tools can help students craft and publish their stories for wide, varied, authentic audiences. As little as a decade ago, it was difficult and expensive to publish digital stories. Given the myriad of apps and tools now available, teachers in elementary, middle, and high school…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Electronic Publishing
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Mahzoon-Hagheghi, Masomeh; Yebra, Roxie; Johnson, Robin D.; Sohn, Lucinda N. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
The purpose of this article is to provide preservice and new STEM teachers with an understanding of the benefits of using science trade books to foster comprehension of the science content in the classroom and explain how to supplement science instruction with children's literature. By using children's literature in the science classroom, students…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Childrens Literature, 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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Page, Larkin – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
Educators continue to advocate for increased family involvement in the education system, so there is value in understanding the reading and literacy histories, beliefs, and actions of parents. It is important for educators to recognize these dynamics because parents not only bring their children to school but they also "bring" the prior…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Parent Attitudes, Hispanic Americans, Literacy
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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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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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Abel, Carolyn Davidson; Abel, Charles Frederick – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
How did Cuba erase illiteracy in a single year? How did they combine both a phonics approach with the constructivist meaning-based model for teaching reading that we cannot seem to manage here in the states? This paper seeks to shed light on Cuba's impressive 1961 National Literacy Campaign and reflects upon implications for early literacy…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Emergent Literacy, Illiteracy, Educational Change
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Risko, Victoria J. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
In this article, Victoria Risko discusses the power of professional learning that is supported by knowledgeable others and recommends a multi-talented approach that draws on the expertise of reading specialists, literacy coaches, and classroom teachers. Next, she discusses the challenges one faces when implementing professional learning…
Descriptors: Literacy, Teaching Methods, Evidence Based Practice, Professional Education
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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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