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What Research Really Says about Teaching and Learning to Read

Professional Library

What Research Really Says about Teaching and Learning to Read

This collection examines “official” views of the teaching and learning of reading—those endorsed by the National Reading Panel, No Child Left Behind, and Reading First initiatives—and challenges the assumptions on which the views are based.

 

A Failure of the Imagination

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library

A Failure of the Imagination

This article discusses the imaginative activities and assignments that teachers often assign that violate the text around which the lesson is focused and that mislead students about its meaning.

 

Textmasters: Bringing literature circles to textbook reading across the curriculum

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library

Textmasters: Bringing literature circles to textbook reading across the curriculum

A fifth-grade science teacher and university researcher challenged the notion that textbook reading follows the same archaic formula: read the textbook and answer the questions at the end of the section. Together, they adapted literature circle roles to fit textbook structures, resulting in the strategy they call Textmasters. This article describes the strategy, along with the action research project that proves its efficacy in the content area middle school classroom.

 

Interactive Read-Alouds: Is There a Common Set of Implementation Practices?

Grades   K – 5  |  Professional Library

Interactive Read-Alouds: Is There a Common Set of Implementation Practices?

While research is quite clear on the importance of read-alouds, this article addresses the question of how to conduct an effective read-aloud.

 

Talking in Class: Using Discussion to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library

Talking in Class: Using Discussion to Enhance Teaching and Learning

The authors guide high school teachers in developing skills in promoting and facilitating authentic discussion in the English language arts classroom.