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Frankly Freddy Blog

TextProject president and CEO Elfrieda H. (Freddy) Hiebert blogs about important issues in reading research and practice.

Frankly Freddy entries (published from 2005 to 2014) have been sorted into five topics of literacy learning and instruction. Click here to download the ebook!

What is the Best Way to Teach Vocabulary?

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 18 November 2020

With over 600,000 words in written English, which ones should English Language Arts teachers teach, and how?

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Teaching Networks of Words

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 13 August 2020

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Getting Back to the Page & Staying There

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 16 July 2020

Reading is all about knowledge; it’s not just for practice.

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Bad with Names: Why Proper Names Deserve Instructional Attention

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 28 January 2020

Rare words typically make up only 5% or less of the total words in texts but it’s often the rare words that get students anxious about reading.

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A Whole New World of Vocabulary Instruction

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 21 January 2020

Words are not only a means of communicating, but a foundation of learning.

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Not All Rare Words Are Sesquipedalian!

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 15 January 2020

A small part of the English vocabulary accounts for the majority of the words in the texts students read across the grades.

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What Does It Mean To Be A Digitally Literate Scholar?

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 27 November 2018

Some thoughts for Literacy Research Association session: Opening up the ivory tower: Examining the elements of open, digitally engaged scholarship (November 28, 2018, Indian Wells, CA)

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A New Kind of Leveled Text: Meeting the Needs of Challenged Readers

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 24 July 2018

Short sentences and less text don’t add up to proficient reading. But that’s exactly what the current wave of leveled texts offers.

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