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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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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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Sharp, Laurie A. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) was signed by President Barack Obama and became the United States' current national education law (United States Department of Education [U.S. DOE], n.d.). The ESSA was a long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Unlike previous…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Program Descriptions, Educational Policy
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Swicegood, Philip; Miller, Melinda – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Literacy instruction for students with mild to moderate special needs should include authentic literature. Literature-based reading instruction provides time for students to develop new knowledge and strategies in a supportive context. When reading instruction occurs in an inclusion classroom, it also allows time for general education and special…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Team Teaching, Mild Intellectual Disability, Moderate Intellectual Disability
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Grote-Garcia, Stephanie; Vasinda, Sheri – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/) is one of the fastest growing social media sites (Duggan & Smith, 2013) and teachers are using it more and more for pedagogical ideas. In response to the increased use of social media in K-12 classrooms, it is highly important to prepare preservice teachers to incorporate these tools into their pedagogy.…
Descriptors: Social Media, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education, Technology Uses in Education
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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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Jacoby, Pat; Vasinda, Sheri – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
In the Winter 2013 edition of the "Texas Journal of Literacy Education," we announced that a special task force from the TALE board would be sharing the common ground among the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). In that first edition, we…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Common Core State Standards, Academic Standards, Writing (Composition)