WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs

The goal of Instructional Conversations is to help English learners develop reading comprehension ability along with English language proficiency. Acting as facilitators, teachers engage students in discussions about stories, key concepts, and related personal experiences, allowing students to appreciate and build on each others’ experiences, knowledge, and understanding. Literature Logs require students to respond in writing to prompts or questions related to sections of stories. These responses are then shared in small groups or with a partner.

Reviewed Research

October 2006
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
examined
Students Improvement
index
English language development Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 2-5 84
 
 
23
Saunders, W. M. (1999) 2-5 84
 
 
23
Reading achievement Positive effects 2 studies meet standards 2-5 116
 
 
29
Saunders, W. M. (1999) 2-5 84
 
 
28
Saunders, W., & Goldenberg, C. (1999) 4-5 32
 
 
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