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Laura May

Associate Professor    

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
M.Ed., University of Texas at Austin
B.S., Baylor University


Classroom Discourse
Informational texts in elementary classrooms
Teacher read-alouds
Teacher education in literacy


A former elementary teacher and literacy specialist, Laura May studies how literacy 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. This work primarily takes place within the context of teacher read-alouds in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.


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.