Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
M.Ed., University of Texas at Austin
B.S., Baylor University
Informational texts in elementary classrooms
Teacher education in literacy
Laura May is chair of the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. A former elementary teacher and literacy specialist, she studies how teachers use talk and texts in ways that increase students’ educational opportunities and how pre-service teachers develop more equitable ways with words and texts.
May, L. A., Hundley, M., and Holbrook, T. (2014). “New genres, same narratives?: A close yet critical reading of Obama biographies.” The ALAN Review, 41(2).
May, L. A. (2011). “Animating talk and texts: Culturally relevant read-alouds of informational texts.” Journal of Literacy Research, 43(1), 3-38.
May, L. A. (2011). “Situating strategies: An examination of comprehension strategy instruction in one upper elementary classroom oriented towards culturally relevant teaching.” Literacy Research and Instruction, 50(1), 31-42.
May, L. A., Holbrook, T., and Meyers, L. (2010). “(Re)storying Obama: An examination of recently published informational texts.” Children’s Literature in Education, 41(4), 273-290.