Effects of Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs on
the Story Comprehension and Thematic Understanding of English
Proficient and Limited English Proficient Students
William M. Saunders and Claude Goldenberg
In a study of English language arts transition programs for Spanish-speaking
students, researchers found that when teachers used both literature
logs and instructional conversations with fourth and fifth graders
learning English, the students understood the literature being studied
better than when teachers used only one of the techniques. For students
already fluent in English, however, the combined effects of literature
logs and instructional conversations were not significantly greater
than the effect of a single approach. 1998.
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