Recent Research on Reading

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When is retention in first grade beneficial?

Is retaining students in first grade always a bad idea, or are there cases when it is beneficial to students in the long term? A new study in The Elementary School Journal finds that retention may benefit first graders who have academic problems as well as problems with learning related skills (LRS) such as self-regulation, prosocial skills… Tell Me More »

Young students more accurate in retellings of narrative text than informational text

Young students more accurate in retellings of narrative text than informational text

Elementary school children’s retellings of narrative texts were more accurate and lengthier than retellings of objective texts, finds a study of 87 proficient 4th-grade readers in the U.S.  The reading comprehension study found that narrative retellings had significantly more matching meanings at the clause level (16.91%) than expository retellings (3.85%), says a new study in… Tell Me More »

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12 strategies for self-assessment in writing

Good writing can be said to be essentially about self-assessment. An author’s work is the end result of many rounds of revisions based on self-assessment of earlier drafts.    A review of the literature on self-assessment in writing recently published in the Journal of Research in Reading yields 12 strategies for the use of self-assessment with learners… Tell Me More »

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Scaffolded summer reading program of little benefit to some low-income students

Over the summer months, low-income elementary students lose ground in reading compared to their higher-income classmates. But a new study in Reading Research Quarterly  finds that summer reading programs to combat summer reading loss may not benefit all low-income youth.  Researchers say the programs should target students based on the poverty-level of the school they attend rather… Tell Me More »

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5 reading comprehension teaching strategies that work with K-3 students

The early grades are a time when young children can and should be building reading comprehension skills. Most research focuses on reading comprehension skills for older children. A recent study in Preventing School Failure identifies strategies that work for grades K-3 based on 25 peer-reviewed studies that focused on building reading comprehension in this age group. Below are… Tell Me More »

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Many best practices for writing instruction left out by Common Core

Writing teachers are among the most resistant to incorporating research-based practices in instruction, preferring to rely on the advice of professional authors and successful teachers of writing instead, according to a new study in School Psychology Review. The adoption of the Common Core State Standards puts pressure on educators across the curriculum to pay attention… Tell Me More »

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Lesson Study helps align reading interventions with general instruction

Originating in Japan, Lesson Study (LS) is a professional development process that encourages teachers to learn from each other as they collaborate to develop an engaging unit or lesson. Recently, a group of elementary school teachers used Lesson Study with a new goal: To improve alignment among Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions and general… Tell Me More »

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3-level model of reading comprehension helps teachers direct instruction

Learning to read requires many building-block skills such as phonological awareness and alphabet understanding. What is not as widely acknowledged is that reading comprehension, an even more complex process, also requires different building-block skills. One model of reading comprehension proposes that understanding what we read is really the result  of 3 levels of skills: Literal… Tell Me More »

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Guiding principles to improve students’ reading comprehension

Reading comprehension is a complex process that is still imperfectly understood. But it is still possible  to lay out general principles of good teaching practice based on what we know, writes Maureen McLaughlin in a recent issue of The Reading Teacher. McLaughlin provides  principles based on the nature of reading comprehension as well as on… Tell Me More »