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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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Kinkead-Clark, Zoyah – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
The following article aims to present, from children's perspectives, the value of literacy and how they use it in their everyday lives. Through the use of ethnographic methodology, including observations, interviews and collection of artifacts, it seeks to examine how children rely on their literacy skills authentically, as they play and move…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Interviews, Emergent Literacy, Early Reading
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Curry, Daphney L.; Reeves, Emily; Mcintyre, Christina J. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
Home literacy practices are extremely important in developing early language and literacy skills. Children from lower socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds may be at risk, not because their family literacy practices are inferior, but because their culturally defined literacy practices may not be consistent with school literacy expectations. To…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Family Literacy, Qualitative Research, Socioeconomic Status
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Zoch, Melody; Adams-Budde, Melissa; Langston-Demott, Brooke – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
The authors present the experiences of Wyatt, a nine-year-old whose mother described him as a struggling writer, in a summer digital writing camp. The authors consider how Wyatt was positioned as a writer at camp and how this may have differed from his experiences at school. They found that for Wyatt, being able to compose with digital tools along…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Student Writing Models, Electronic Publishing, Student Experience
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Walker, Karen E. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Research concerning preschool teachers' constructions of early reading has potential to influence teachers' curricular decisions and classroom practice. Six preschool teachers in North Texas were interviewed in regard to what they think about early reading and how they develop these understandings or constructions. The systematic, inductive…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Reading, Teaching Methods, Interviews
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Sinclair, Becky; Szabo, Susan – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Legible penmanship is important. However, young students have difficulty producing legible handwriting (Marr, Windsor, & Cermak, 2001). As legible handwriting is a benefit for both the students and the teachers in the classroom setting, this study examined if pencil size had an impact on preschool and kindergarten students' handwriting. The…
Descriptors: Handwriting, Kindergarten, Preschool Education, Young Children