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Sylvia Read

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School of Teacher Education & Leadership

Associate Dean for Teacher Education

Associate Professor

Contact Information

DialPhone: 435-512-4929
SendEmail: sylvia.read@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, (Literacy), Utah State University, 2000
MS, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, 1990
BA, English,, University of Illinois, 1985

Biography

Sylvia Read is an associate professor of language arts and literacy at Utah State University. Her degrees are from the University of Illinois and Utah State University. She began teaching at USU in 2003 and received tenure and promotion in 2009. Her teaching and research focus on effective writing instruction.


Teaching Interests

Language Arts, Children's Literature

Research Interests

effective methods for teaching writing k-12

Awards

Carnegie Professor of the Year, nominee, 2009

Utah State University

Teacher of the Year, School of Teacher Education and Leadership, 2009

2003

Teacher of the Year, North Park Elementary, Cache County School District

William Chandler Bagley Scholar, 1990

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Phi Kappa Phi, 1989

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Phi Beta Kappa, 1985

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

    • Smith, J., Read, S.R, (2009). Early Literacy Instruction: Teaching Reading and Writing in Today’s Primary Grades: K-3, 2nd ed. .
    • Smith, J., Read, S.R, (2005). Early Literacy Instruction: A Comprehensive Framework for Teaching Reading and Writing, K-3. .
    • Book Chapters

    • Mohr, K.A, Read, S.R, Jorgensen, A.L, (2015). High expectations: Increasing productivity and complexity in EL writing. : Research and Practice that Makes a Difference in English Learners’ Success.
    • Hruby, G., Read, S.R, Landon-Hays, M., (2011). Tracing Instructional Tensions in the Teaching of English Language Arts:: A Primer. Handbook of Research on Teaching in the English Language Arts, 3rd edition. Routledge/Taylor & Francis. *

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Read, S.R, Leavitt, A., (2016). Narrowing the discourse possibilities: An examination of second grade curriculum materials for teaching writing. Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Yearbook, 38, 103-116.
        • Read, S.R, Lott, K.H, (2015). Map it and then write it! Using graphic organizers for early childhood writing in science. . Science and Children, 53:3, 46-52.
        • Read, S.R, Landon-Hays, M., Martin-Rivas, A., (2014). Gradually Releasing Responsibility to Students Writing Persuasive Text. The Reading Teacher, 67:6, 469-477.
        • Read, S.R, (2014). Inspiration and Emulation: Using Mentor Texts to Teach Poetry Writing. . The Dragon Lode, 31:2, 3-11.
        • Read, S.R, Landon-Hays, M., , (2013). The Knowing/Doing Gap: Challenges of Effective Writing Instruction in High School. Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education, 2:2, 6-15.
        • Clark, S.A, Read, S.R, (2012). An Examination of Pre-service Partnerships during a Reading Methods Course: Do they Strengthen Percpetions of Ability?. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education
        • Lott, K.H, Read, S.R, (2012). “Is a mealworm really a worm?”: Promoting better writing and concept formation in science notebooks. Science and Children, 49:5, 32-37.
        • Read, S.R, (2010). A model for scaffolding writing instruction: IMSCI. The Reading Teacher, 64:1, 47-52.
        • Fawson, P.C, Reutzel, D.R, Read, S.R, Smith, J., Moore, S., (2009). The influence of differing the paths to an incentive on third-graders’ reading achievement and attitudes. . Reading Psychology, 30:6, 564-583.
        • Reutzel, D.R, Read, S.R, Fawson, P.C, (2009). Using information trade books as models for teaching expository text structure to improve children’s reading comprehension: An action research project. Journal of Reading Education, 35:1, 31-38.
        • Read, S.R, (2008). Becoming teachers of writing: Evaluating the language arts methods course. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 8:3, 119-129.
        • Read, S.R, Reutzel, D.R, Fawson, P.C, (2008). Do you want to know what I learned? Using informational trade books as models to teach text structure. Early Childhood Education Journal36, 213-219.
        • Read, S.R, Sorenson, B., (2007). Interactive read-aloud with informational books. The Utah Journal of Reading and Literacy, 11:1, 15-22.
        • Read, S.R, (2007). Judging the accuracy of multicultural historical fiction: Guidelines for teachers. The Dragon Lode: The Journal of the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association, 25:2, 13-19.
        • Read, S.R, (2005). First- and second-graders writing information text. The Reading Teacher, 59:1, 36-44.
        • Read, S.R, (2005). Nonlinear nonfiction writing and the I-chart: Scaffolding for success. 2005 . College Reading Association Yearbook27, 170-181.
        • Read, S.R, (2004). Young children as researchers: A close look at the reading process. International Journal of Learning, 11, 301-307.
        • Professional Journal

        • Reutzel, D.R, Dole, J.A, Read, S.R, Fawson, P.C, Herman, K., Jones, C.D, Sudweeks, R., Fargo, J., (2011). Conceptually and methodologically vexing issues in teacher knowledge assessment.. Reading & Writing Quarterly.27, 1-30.
        • Camicia, S.P, Read, S.R, (2011). Engaging public Issues through dialogue journals: Preservice teachers and elementary students read and respond. Social Studies Research and Practice, 5:1, 21-34.
        • Wilson, S., Avery, C., Ford, K., Hancock, M., Read, S.R, Stephens, E.C, Young, T.A, (2007). The 2007 Orbis Pictus award winner and other outstanding nonfiction books. Language Arts, 85:2, 164-170. *
        • Read, S.R, (2006). Tapping into students’ motivation: Lessons from adolescents’ blogs. Voices from the Middle, 14:2, 38-46.
        • Wilson, S., Avery, C., Ford, K., Hancock, M., Louie, B.Y, Read, S.R, Stephens, E.C, (2006). The 2006 Orbis Pictus award winner and other outstanding nonfiction books. Language Arts, 84:2, 198-204. *
        • Read, S.R, (2005). The writing moment, or, a little writing theory can make all the difference. Arizona English Bulletin, 47:2, 57-60.
        • Read, S.R, (2001). “Kid mice hunt for their selfs:” First and second graders writing research. Language Arts, 78:4, 333-342.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

                  Newsletter

                • Read, S.R, (2007). Words, words, words: Children’s books featuring words. TOP: Tips on Parenting *
                • Read, S.R, (2006). Math in books for children. TOP: Tips on Parenting *
                • Read, S.R, (2006). Reading aloud easy chapter books. TOP: Tips on Parenting *
                • Read, S.R, (2006). The natural world in children’s books. TOP: Tips on Parenting *
                • Read, S.R, (2005). And the award goes to.... Tips on Parenting *
                • Read, S.R, (2005). True stories, real lives, compelling stories: Biographies for children. TOP: Tips on Parenting *
                • Newspaper

                • Read, S.R, (2004). Reading Nonfiction with Children. RoughDraft, Weber County Public Library
                • Read, S.R, (2004). Wow! I didn’t know that. Deseret News

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                Scheduled Teaching

                TEAL 6390 - Teaching with Literature and Informational Texts, Fall 2016

                TEAL 6980 - Portfolio Project, Summer 2016

                TEAL 6390 - Teaching with Literature and Informational Texts, Summer 2016

                TEAL 6320 - Theories and Models of Literacy, Summer 2016

                TEAL 6320 - Theories and Models of Literacy, Summer 2016

                ELED 4040 - Assessment and Instruction for Struggling Readers, Spring 2016

                SCED 5800 - Secondary School Internship, Spring 2016

                SCED 5800 - Secondary School Internship, Fall 2015

                ELED 4030 - Teaching Language Arts and Practicum Level III, Fall 2015

                TEAL 6390 - Teaching with Tradebooks in the Elementary and Middle Level Classroom, Spring 2015

                ELED 4030 - Teaching Language Arts and Practicum Level III, Fall 2014

                TEAL 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Summer 2014

                TEAL 6250 - Graduate Cooperative Work Experience, Summer 2014

                TEAL 6900 - Independent Study, Summer 2014

                TEAL 6900 - Independent Study, Summer 2014

                TEAL 7900 - Independent Study, Summer 2014

                TEAL 7540 - College Teaching Apprenticeship, Spring 2014

                TEAL 7900 - Independent Study, Spring 2014

                TEAL 7900 - Independent Study, Spring 2014

                TEAL 6960 - Masters Creative Project, Spring 2014

                ELED 4030 - Teaching Language Arts and Practicum Level III, Spring 2014

                ELED 4030 - Teaching Language Arts and Practicum Level III, Fall 2013

                ELED 4030 - Teaching Language Arts and Practicum Level III, Fall 2013

                TEAL 6380 - Effective Writing Instruction, Summer 2013

                EDUC 7670 - Literature Reviews in Education and Psychology, Summer 2013

                TEAL 6960 - Masters Creative Project, Spring 2013

                SCED 5900 - Independent Study, Spring 2012

                ELED 4900 - Senior Project, Spring 2012

                ELED 4030 - Teaching Language Arts and Practicum Level III, Spring 2012

                ELED 4030 - Teaching Language Arts and Practicum Level III, Fall 2011

                EDUC 7670 - Literature Reviews in Education and Psychology, Summer 2011

                ELED 4030 - TCH LANG/PRACT III (CI), Spring 2011


                Graduate Students Mentored

                Lezlie Branum, August 2016
                Joseph Anson, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, July 2012
                Toni Asay, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, July 2006
                Robin Parent, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, July 2010 - August 2014
                Kurt Johnson, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, July 2008 - July 2014
                Melanie Landon-Hays, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, July 2008 - October 2012
                Dee Murray, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, August 2006 - July 2012
                Marlies Burns, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, June 2006 - June 2012
                Jean McPherron, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, July 2004 - July 2010