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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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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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Young, Chase; Stover, Katie – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
This study helped the researchers to determine if blogging as a revision strategy in a second grade classroom was beneficial. Nineteen second grade students wrote expository essays and made revisions and edits based on peer feedback in a blogging environment. Six elementary school teachers independently rated the students' writing samples using…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Electronic Publishing, Elementary School Students, Revision (Written Composition)
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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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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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Berry, Jaime; Potter, Jalene; Hollas, Victoria – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2013
This quasi-experimental study compared the effects of concept mapping and teacher generated questioning on students' organization and retention of science knowledge when used along with interactive informational read-alouds. Fifty-eight third grade students completed an eight-day unit regarding "soil formation." Students who participated…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Quasiexperimental Design, Retention (Psychology), Grade 3