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. 47, No. 2, 2012

Becoming Fluent in Two Languages: When and How?
In recent years the limited English proficiency (LEP) population or the English language learners (ELLs) in the U.S. has increased dramatically. Between 1990 and 2000 the ELLs increased from 14.0 million to 21.3 million (Fix & Passel, 2003). In 2004-2005,...
Exploring the Professional Books: Alliances, Reading as an Expert, and Community
In this collection of books we present different view points on teaching and learning that may not appear, at first glance, to be relevant to the theme of the issue, yet we propose that a multicultural perspective is so broad that it encompasses much...
Implementing Systematic Practice to Build Reading Fluency Via Repeated Readings
People worldwide appreciate fluent performance. When attending symphonies and plays, we expect performances that move us. When watching professional sporting events, regardless of the sport, we appreciate (and often demand depending on our loyalties)...
iPods, iPads, and the SMARTBoard: Transforming Literacy Instruction and Student Learning
As society continues to advance, the demand for digital technologies in the classroom increases (Saine & Kara-Soteriou, 2010). In order to accommodate this changing need, iPods, iPads, and the SMARTBoard have made their way into some classrooms across...
Multicultural Perspectives from Children's and Young Adult Literature: People, Places, and Identities
In his author's note at the end of his book, a collection of stories entitled Lost and Found, Shaun Tan (2011) writes that the stories, although different, "share common themes and preoccupations. Each story could be said to be about the relationship...
Multicultural Readings of Multicultural Literature and the Promotion of Social Awareness in ELA Classrooms
National literature reflect what is on the national mind.-Nobel laureate Toni Morrison-Even at the tender age of two, children can make meaningful connections to literature. As a young child, one of our son's favorite books, Busy Toes, by C.W. Bowie,...
Professional Development That Works: Results from an Invitational Summer Institute for Teachers of Writing
The increasing demands of high standards in our children's education sometimes result in drastic and complex educational policies, mandates, and school reforms, and teachers necessarily find themselves at the center of these changes (Cuban, 1990). This...
Real-World Reading and the Common Core State Standards
Robin Wildman's classroom was a classroom that worked for my son. I will never forget the day that Jimmy, then a fifth grader, picked up a magazine from my reading methods teaching materials and asked if he could read it. I was shocked and elated!"Yes,"...
Re-Visioning Literature Circles: Incorporating Comprehension Strategy Instruction in Student-Led Discussions
Spring: As I sit with my stack of literature circle folders, assessing the written notes my grade seven and eight students keep from their weekly reading and in-class meetings, I have the sinking feeling that something is missing. Though some responses...
Taking Charge of Our Instructional Lives: Classrooms That Work
Today's classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse, multiethnic and multhinguistic. Children bring to the classroom many different backgrounds and experiences, many different languages, many different skills and interests, many different levels of...
The Best Way to Prepare Students for High-Stakes Reading Assessments
Contrary to popular practice, test preparation activities are a terrible way to attempt to raise reading achievement test scores (Guthrie, 2002). Given the amount of money and instructional time many school systems spend on test preparation materials...
The Role of Vocabulary Awareness in Comprehension at the Intermediate Level
Eric represents many of his classmates who bene6ts from direct vocabulary instruction through richquality texts, in conjunction with comprehension instruction. Eric read the following passage:The night before the dressmaker was scheduled to come, Mama...
Vocabulary Assessment as Predictor of Literacy Skills
These laments from fifth-grade teachers are common comments of many classroom teachers. I have found often times students do not comprehend text because they lack the vocabulary to understand the passage. They may be able to give a "dictionary" définition...