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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!

Results May Vary: Do First-Grade Reading Curriculum and Instruction Need to Be Adapted?

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert & Alia Pugh on 25 January 2021

Beginning readers have different levels of proficiency, but many may follow a similar path as they learn new words and orthographic patterns. This may not be the case for those with the lowest levels of ability, so curriculum and instruction should take into account the needs of those who depend most on their in-school literacy experiences.

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Feature Presentation: How Familiarity and Concreteness Can Help Beginning Readers Learn New Words

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 5 January 2021

Teachers can help beginning readers master more than half of the 2,500 most frequently occurring word families by focusing on words they have already acquired in oral language and words with high concreteness ratings.

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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

Students have trouble learning and retaining lists of unconnected words. Teaching words in networks helps students form connections among the words, bolstering their understanding.

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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 Alia Pugh and 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 these words that get students anxious about reading.

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A Whole New World of Vocabulary Instruction

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert and Alia Pugh 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 Alia Pugh and 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 - but some of the words may surprise you.

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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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