New England Reading Association Journal

Peer-reviewed journal provides articles, interviews, essays, and research reports of interest to educators. Issues investigated include literacy, classroom practice, and assessment.

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 1, 2008

A Survey of Recent Professional Literature Word Study: Instruction, Awareness, Comprehension, and Patterns
A Survey of Recent Professional Literature Word Study: Instruction, Awareness, Comprehension, and PatternsThinking of a title for this collection of books is a challenge because the title gets longer and longer with the addition of components of word...
Broadening Perspectives about Vocabulary Instruction: Implications for Classroom Practice
Despite a continuing national emphasis on educational reform over the past 20 years, meaningful learning from text remains a significant educational problem for many students (e.g., AFT, 1997; Donahue et al., 1999; Feldman, 2000; Snow, 2002), hut particularly...
Developing and Envisioning A Critical Literacy Perspective in a New Media Age
"What sort of science is that which enriches the understanding but robs the imagination? If we knew all things thus mechanically merely, should we know anything really?"- Henry David ThoreauTeaching critical literacy in a new media ageIn the Introduction...
Improving the Vocabulary Knowledge of Struggling Readers
Why Teach Vocabulary?Recent attention has been focused on the importance of vocabulary and reading achievement (National Institute of Child Health and Development Report of the National Reading Panel, 2000), and the link between vocabulary and comprehension...
On the Phone with Lane Smith
SPRING: You were born in Oklahoma in 1959 and moved to Corona, CA when you were a young boy. And you decided to become an artist. Where did you get your degree ?LANE: I went to college at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.SPRING: How did you decide...
Synergistic Phonics and Fluency Instruction: The Magic of Rhyming Poetry!
Phonics (accuracy in word decoding) and reading fluency (automaticity in word recognition and expressive or prosodie oral reading) have been identified as two critical components in early elementary reading instruction (National Reading Panel, 2000)....
The Power and Playfulness of Words: Books That Enhance Word Study
The Power and Playfulness of Words: Books that Enhance Word StudyPhonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction are by and large undertaken in the classroom through recursive systems of lessons, knowledge construction, and assessments, and the texts used...
The Role of Technology in Supporting the Learning and Teaching of Word Study Skills
The number of websites and computer software programs has increased dramatically over the last two decades, with hundreds of software titles and new websites being developed and released every year. As of July 2006, for example, there were more than...
Using Critical Literacy Practices in the Classroom
Critical literacy has a rich history in education; its roots can be traced back to the work of Paulo Freire as he helped peasants in Brazil recognize their oppression and use literacy learning as a means to empowerment (Freire, 1970). Freire emphasized...
Vocabulary Instruction: You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
In my 30 years of teaching, I have found that variety is not only the spice of life, but it is also something that can keep a teacher fresh. That is why my career has involved numerous shifts: special educator, third grade teacher, middle school resource...
What Is Word Study and How Can I Get Some? Bringing Word Study Instruction to Scale
Over the past 15 years I have worked as a classroom teacher, a literacy consultant, a staff developer, and a college professor. In these varied roles I have traveled throughout New England and the country collaborating with educators who are working...
Word Justice for All
I must confess that the importance ot teaching vocabulary resonates on both a personal and professional level with me. First, the personal: I will never forget the college reference letter my favorite high school teacher, Mr. Robinson, wrote on my behalf....
Word Study
The special topic of this issue concerns word study and contains five interrelated articles that are sometimes overlapping yet highlight various components of this broad focus.Leading off, What is Word Study and How Can I Get Some? Bringing Word Study...