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This study identifies effective teaching methods that can enhance the reading skills of fourth grade African American students. Focus group interviews were conducted with 21 teachers. The teachers identified independent reading and writing, phonics and vocabulary, teacher modeling, the use of multicultural materials, engagement of parental involvement, incorporating prior knowledge, and cooperative learning as the methods they believed were most effective with this group of African American fourth grade students. This study provides a voice for educators. These findings also offer support for prior research, which has suggested that these methods are significant to enhance the reading skills of African American students.

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