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    • manufacture of iron. Drama, for which Cedar has now become nationally known, was a favorite interest and avocation of the townspeople from the earliest days. Amusements, recreations of various kinds, and celebrations of important events livened up...
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    • relevant information (Walsh & Simpson, 2013). Both traditional and digital processes support each other, and students return to what their teachers have taught. Students need to know how to navigate, read, take notes, evaluate, write, and search...
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    • Writing Literacy is the tool wealth, not just economic wealth but wealth of the mind (Poore, 2011). Literacy allows students to know how to discriminate what they hear because students can participate as well as create (Poore, 2011). If teachers...
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    • Writing using technology hasn’t caused more convention errors Costanza (2013). One study compared 877 college freshman papers from 1917, 1930, 1986, and 2006 and found that the number of errors is about the same while the complexity of the papers...
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    • According to Hutchison, et al., digital texts require different skills and can be called a new literacy due to the novelty of reading and navigating them (2012). It’s important that teachers know how to teach these skills so students can learn the...
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    • technology in literacy classrooms is more technological integration than curricular integration. (Hutchison, et al., 2012). This means that more teachers aren’t using technology daily to enhance students’ learning (Hutchison, et al., 2012). Heitin...
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    • resources already out there. I use the iPad mostly with reading. Students can look up information and books or articles of interest and they can read narrative texts easily there. I use the iPads mostly with writing. Even in the reading class, we...
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    • 1 Chapter 1 Introduction – Nature of the Problem It is well known that students go through what is commonly referred to as “the fourth grade slump.” Research presented by Hall, Sabey, & McClellan (2005) and Fang (2008) has shown that this “slump”...
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    • 6 Chapter 2 Literature Review The National Center of Educational Statistics concluded that more than two thirds of students are not proficient readers (Biancarosa, 2005). This is a staggering statistic that leads one to question. How can teachers...
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    • 8 readers need to be taught strategies, as well as how, where, and when to apply these strategies. The National Reading Panel identified the five elements of reading. The five elements include phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and...
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    • 9 require specific instruction that focuses on the specific skills needed to comprehend expository text (Fang, 2008). Teaching Comprehension Strategies In order to help students with learning disabilities comprehend expository text, it must be...
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    • 11 Limited early exposure is a factor that can easily be remedied by all teachers. Children need to experience expository texts through seeing, hearing, reading, and writing, prior to when they are expected to comprehend the material within the...
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    • 24 The study took place during the participants regularly scheduled school day, within their self-contained classroom setting. Study participants received research-based teaching practices designed by their special education teacher and implemented...
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    • 26 Step 2. Second, after the PALS 1-3 and text retells rubrics were administered to study participants, whole-group lessons were taught on the differences between narrative and expository text. These lessons were important because the participants...
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    • 27 was also asked to verbalize why they identified the text as either narrative or expository. Although this instruction lasted only two class sessions, the introduction of texts as either expository or narrative prepared the students for the study...
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    • 28 approach that is a combination of the other three instructional strategies, vocabulary, text features, and text structure. The instructors were each given an outline of instruction to follow (see Appendix D), a graphic organizer geared toward...
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    • 29 After an overview of the lesson outline, the instructors were given further directions depended upon their assigned instructional group. The researcher explained how to teach each method with the provided graphic organizers and expository...
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    • 32 On days seven and eight, yet another text was introduced. Prior to the reading of this text, participants experienced a text feature walk through the text and recorded information onto their graphic organizers receiving minimal guidance in this...
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    • 34 captions. After reviewing the information, the instructor recorded one supporting detail from every two pages on the group graphic organizer. By stopping at the pre-determined vocabulary words and prior to turning each page, the instructor and...
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    • 35 important to note is that with all of the graphic organizers in this study, pictures, words, and phrases were all incorporated to match the varied learning levels of the classroom. Step 6. Sixth, after the participants received instruction in...

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