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. 39, No. 2, 2003

Academic Journals and Small Groups: Confluencing Strategies for Content Area Comprehension in Middle School
The effective use of academic journals in elementary school has been well documented (Hall & Robinson, 1995; Masse, 1999). Rosenblatt (1978, 1983) spoke of the need for interactive reading and writing activities to promote comprehension. Research...
America: A Patriotic Primer
CHENEY, LYNNE. (20O2). America: A Patriotic Primer. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's. ISBN: 0689851928. Revieewed by Chelsea Fisher, Grade 4I just finished reading America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney and I can't say enough about it....
An Invitation to Write
"Ii is our literacy and the equality of our lives that provide the tone and quality of learning in children's lives."Donald Graves (1996)We encourage teachers to explore their own literacy, for once they do, they are forever changed as readers, writers,...
A Perfect Friend
PRICE, REYNOLDS. (2OO2). A Perfect Friend. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN: O74322521X. Reviewed by Jordan Soutiere, Grade 4Sal is a gray circus elephant. When the circus comes to town, Ben becomes best friends with her even though she is an elephant...
Developing Literacy in the Technological Age: Expanding the Boundaries of Reader-Text Interactions
With the dramatic advent of technology in the classroom, researchers (Coiro, 2003; Lou, Abrami & A'pollonia, 2001; Leu, 2001; Leu, 2002; March, 2OO1 ; Rushkoff, 1999; Smolin & Lawless, 2003) have been exploring the differences in literacy learning...
Editorial
The articles in this issue focus primarily on the nature of reading comprehension and comprehension instruction. The synthesis of research by the RAND Reading Study Report (2002) provides a unifying foundation for many of our authors as they translate...
Freddy and the Bean Home News
BROOKS, WALTER R. (2002). Freddy and the Bean Home NCAVS. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. ISBN:O1423OO888. Reviettted $y Norman L'Esperance, Grade 4Even though most of the characters in this book are animals that talk, you forget that...
From Sparse to Specific: Teaching Students to Write Quality Answers to Open-Ended Comprehension Questions
Early in my teaching career I was proud that my classroom reading program reflected an emphasis on comprehension. I had listened carefully in my college methods courses and now, courtesy of Bloom's taxonomy, churned out questions at various levels of...
Gloria Rising
CAMERON, ANN. (2OO2). Gloria Rising. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN: 0374326754. Reviewed fy Olivia Mercure, Grade 3Gloria Rising is a fictional book. It is about friendships and growing up to be what you want to be. Gloria, the main character...
Improving Comprehension with Think-Aloud Strategies: Modeling What Good Readers Do
Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. (2001). Improving Comprehension with Think-Aloud Strategies: Modeling What Good Readers Do. New York: Scholastic Professional Books. ISBN: 0439218594 $14.95 (Foreword by Wayne Otto).In this Theory and Practice scries by Scholastic...
I Read It, but I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers
Tovani, Cris. (000). I Read It, But I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers. (Poreword by Ellin Oliver Keene) ISBN: 157110089X.Cris Tovani immediately tackles the problems of seventh and eighth...
Judy Moody Saves the World
MCDONALD, MEGAN. (2002). Judy Moody Saves the World. Boston: Candlewick Press. ISBN: 0763614467. Reviewed by Jennah Ryan, Grade 4Judy Moody Saves the World is a 4-star book! If you like Judy Moody books, then you will like this one, too. It is funny,...
"Now Kids Will Finally Realize That I Am Smart!"
What can parents and others do when they must decide whether or not to retain their child? "What elements should be considered to make such a decision? Today, more than ever, literacy is an absolute requirement for success. If a child is not achieving...
Reading and Learning about Our Wonderful World: Information-Rich Resources and Strategies to Engage Readers
The twenty-first century is beginning with an incredibly rich variety of materials available in both electronic and print formats that permits us to learn about almost everything. As Margaret Mallet (1999) stated, "The modern world is information saturated"...
Reading Comprehension: Strategies for Independent Learners
Blachowicz, Camille and Donna Ogle. (2001). Reading Comprehension: Strategies for Independent Learners. New York: Guilford Press. ISBN: 1572305959.The authors, both professors of Education at National Louis University, Evanston, IL, are well-known in...
Rethinking Comprehension Strategies to Better Prepare Students for Critically Evaluating Content on the Internet
Good readers use a variety of strategies to solve comprehension problems or deepen their understanding of a text. Reading critically means being able to construct, extend and examine the meaning, of what is read. Critical readers demonstrate the ability...
The Challenge of Comprehension Instruction
Although there is much yet to be learned about human understanding, there is a great deal of consensus about the nature of both reading comprehension and comprehension instruction. Despite this research base, there is also agreement among educators of...
The Jacket
CLEMENTS, ANDREW. (2002). The Jacket. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's. ISBN: 0689825951. Reviewed by David Larner, Grade 3The Jacket is a realistic fiction book. It takes place at a school and the book gets its name because there is confusion...
The RAND Report: Reading for Understanding: Toward an R&D Program in Reading Comprehension
Key PointsThis summary is drawn from two primary sources-the RAND Reading Study Group Report (2002) prepared for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) and RRSG Chair Catherine E. Snow's (Document No. MR- 1465-OERI, 2002) Executive...
Time Stops for No Mouse
HOEYE, MICHAEL. (2002). Time Stops for No Mouse. New York: Penguin USA. ISBN: 0399238786. Revieweei ay Alainna Car r oil, Grade 4This is the story of the scary, nice and happy Ms. Pcrflinger and Hermux Tantamoq who is a watchmaker and also a mouse! One...
Using Differentiated Activities to Enhance Comprehension for All Learners
Imagine walking into a fourth grade classroom. You see a small group of students working with the teacher. The teacher is telling them about strategies he uses to make meaning from the text. You look around the room and notice five children rereading...