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. 46, No. 2, 2011

62 Years of the Pendulum's Swing: The Role of the Reading Specialist
The New England Reading Association (NERA) was born in the late 40s-early 50s, conceived by founding fathers Donald D. Durrell and J. Louis Cooper. The association's first annual conference was held in Hartford, Connecticut, and in 1951, at the 3rd annual...
Continuity and the Pendulum
For decades, we have been debating over the best way to teach children how to read-perhaps one of the most politicized debates was the Phonics Vs Whole language. Over the years we have witnessed pedagogical paradigm shifts, trends, issues and controversies...
Deep Scaffolding: Enhancing the Reading Experiences of English Language Learners
Reading can be difficult for native speakers of English (NSEs), however, it is even more difficult for English language learners (ELLs) who are, by definition, in the process of acquiring English. For these students, reading without adequate support...
Eager Young Readers, a Well Constructed Text and an Insightful Teacher
Yetta Goodman enjoys visiting in Wendy Goodman's first grade classroom. Yetta, a university researcher, carefully observes the children in many spaces in the classes as they work with all kinds of materials taking advantage of a rich array of learning...
Elections, Comets and Common Core Standards
"Like comets, elections, Olympics,and the moon, education policy ideas tend to come and go in cycles."(Finn, Petrilli, &Winkler, 2009, p. 5)As I sat down to write this review of research in the classroom, each of the New England states, except Maine,...
Implementing Morphological Word Study in the Intermediate Classroom
Word study, with elements of morphology and morphological awareness, may be the key to boosting intermediate students' comprehension. Recent research shows vocabulary acquisition has a profound correlation to reading comprehension. Knowledge of morphological...
Protecting Students against the Effects of Poverty: Libraries
Despite the current interest in school "reform," and despite the current movement to radically change schools and teaching, there is no evidence that school itself needs to change dramatically. There is no evidence that teachers these days are worse...
Teacher Talk and Assistance and Self-Regulated Learning within the Context of RtI and Explicit and Systematic Teaching
In recent years there has been increasing theoretical and practical attention to the mediating role of language in teaching and learning. This mediating role can be viewed along a continuum from easily scripted and uniformly presentable to all students...
The Expository Text Primer: A Teacher's Resource Guide for Using Expository Text
An increasing amount of research has consistently indicated the importance of including expository text in children's textuary diet and preparing children to read this material proficiently. Expository text and strategic reading are particularly important,...
The Staircase Curriculum: Whole-School Collaboration to Improve Literacy Achievement
"We decided to change our assessment," a third grade teacher announced at the start of her presentation to the entire school. She explained, "Because our whole school has been working on reading comprehension for a while now, the students are coming...
Using Digital Storytelling to Unlock Student Potential
Students are scattered throughout the classroom in pairs. Stretched out on the floor or sitting next to each other at their desks, these second graders pour over their partner's writing with one purpose in mind: to provide each other with feedback. Only...
Why We Are Where We Are in Language Arts Instruction: A Focus on Teaching in the Classroom
As the discrepancy model is phased out and replaced with educators depending on a compilation of student performance data for identifying special education students, educators seem perplexed as to what criteria will be used for determining that a child...
"Yo El Otro Día Vi, Um, Un Mojadito": Young Latino Children Connecting with Friends from the Other Side
Friends from the Other Side/Amigos del Otro Lado (Anzaldúa, 1993) tells the story of a young boy, Joaquín, and his mother who cross the border into the United States from Mexico seeking a better life in the United States. One day while selling firewood...