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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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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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Nath, Lopita; Grote-Garcia, Stephanie – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
The U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program offers a quick path to permanent residency and adjustment to the United States, with the major objectives of economic success, community involvement, and local integration. The success of the program partly depends on the response of the American community towards refugees. Using the foundational idea that…
Descriptors: Refugees, Picture Books, Social Integration, Childrens Literature
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Szabo, Susan; Golden, Freida – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
Children's background experiences not only make them unique individuals, but also impact their interactions with texts because of their varied schema. Teachers who work with children should keep in mind Gregory Smith's (2002) five thematic patterns (cultural studies, nature studies, real world problem solving, internship and entrepreneurial…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Bibliographies, Thematic Approach, Place Based Education
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Diego-Medrano, Elsa; Coneway, Betty; Williams, Judy D. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
This study was conducted to explore teacher candidates' reactions and perceptions regarding their participation in inquiry circles and to discover how the experience influenced their comprehension of an informational text. The 98 teacher candidates involved in this study were enrolled in a children's literature course at a four-year university.…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Response, Nonfiction
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Bradley, Karen Sue; Bradley, Jack – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
In recent years, the popularity of alphabet books has spread into older grades, as they address a variety of themes and can be used across disciplines. Their complexity can stimulate thinking and offer a world of possibilities in the area of research. Students of all ages are motivated to create an alphabet book on a self-selected topic. The…
Descriptors: Alphabets, Books, Childrens Literature, Teaching Methods
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Pilgrim, Jodi – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
New Texas literacy laws mandate continuing education requirements for educators who teach dyslexic students. Close to twenty percent of the US population display one or more symptoms of dyslexia (Washburn, Joshi, & Binks-Cantrell, 2011), and teachers must be equipped to adapt instruction to meet these students' needs. The purpose of this…
Descriptors: Professional Continuing Education, Faculty Development, Dyslexia, Teacher Competencies
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Elley, Sara – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
This six-week biliotherapy study was developed to determine if using children's literature books to help students think about, understand, and work through social and emotional issues helped third grade students' develop more social and emotional skills (Sullivan & Strang, 2002). Data collection included pre- and post-surveys, interruption…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Bibliotherapy, Teaching Methods
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Grote-Garcia, Stephanie; Durham, Patricia – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2013
Reading comprehension requires thoughtful interactions between the reader, the text, and the author. The author may assist the reader in building meaning by creating purposefully crafted conversations that are organized into predictable patterns also known as patterned books. In this article, three predictable patterns found within children's text…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Books, Reader Text Relationship