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Integrating Language Arts Across the Curriculum with Thematic Units
Integrating language arts across the curriculum with thematic units

Considering the logical connections between reading and writing, it makes sense to teach them together in a unified context rather than teaching skills in isolation of one another. Combining reading and writing instruction has resulted in positive outcomes for diverse learners acquiring and maintaining a variety of literacy skills (Foorman et al., 2006; Shanahan, 2009; Thames et al., 2008). For example, Thames and colleagues (2008) examined the effects of individualized integrated language arts instruction on the reading performance of fourth through eighth graders. Integrated language arts instruction, which consisted of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, resulted in significant increases in reading comprehension for struggling readers. Similarly, Stevens (2006) ...

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