Academic journal article Ohio Reading Teacher

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Academic journal article Ohio Reading Teacher

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Since its inception in 1999, OhioReads has provided school and community grants resulting in over three million hours of volunteer tutoring in Ohio school and community programs. What have we learned from this ambitious undertaking? A team of literacy experts from Kent State University begin this issue with a study that shares "lessons learned from successful schools." Their study is followed by Dorothy Leal's informational analysis of the "characteristics of successful literacy tutoring." Barbara O'Connor completes this set of articles by describing how she integrated different instructional programs to design a unique tutorial for a first-grade student.

We move then to a set of articles that focus on older readers. Allison Baer writes movingly of the challenges faced by middle school teachers whose students often can, but won't read. Helen Hoffner shares the story of a secondary student who "can't read the textbook." An innovative use of the popular Language Experience Approach brings social studies to life for him. Pamela Halsey discovers some surprising results about self-efficacy in a study of seventh grade language arts students.

Literature is always a source of joyful reading at all ages. Two articles focus specifically on the power of literature circles. Denise Stuart explores the richness of peer-led discussions and Jean Loffredo shares practical insights about how to implement this powerful instructional strategy. Susan Hayward advises teachers who want to host an "author visit" in their classrooms. …

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