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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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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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Saccomano, Doreen – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
Close Reading is a strategy that can be used when reading challenging text. This strategy requires teachers to provide scaffolding, and create opportunities for think-alouds and rereading of text in order to help students become active readers who focus on finding text-based support for their answers. In addition, teachers must also be aware of…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Reading Strategies
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Sanchez, Bernice; Lewis, Katie D. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
Teacher Preparation Programs must work towards not only preparing preservice teachers to have knowledge of classroom pedagogy but also must expand preservice teachers understanding of content knowledge as well as to develop higher-order thinking which includes thinking critically. This mixed methods study examined how writing shapes thinking and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Reading, Critical Thinking, Mixed Methods Research
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Davis, Deborah; Fasano, Velery; Starling, Jennifer – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2013
Increasing student's critical thinking is the focus of many current education discussions. Experts in reading agree that the keys to building critical thinking include: engagement, novelty, cooperative learning, and discussion. Wiggins and McTighe (2005) insist that deep learning and critical thinking can be developed by using questions based on…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Games, Thinking Skills, Graduate Students