Best Practices in Adolescent Literacy Instruction, First Edition

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-16
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press
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Covering everything from day-to-day learning activities to schoolwide goals, this engaging book reviews key topics in literacy instruction for grades 5-12 and provides research-based recommendations for practice. Leading scholars present culturally responsive strategies for motivating adolescents; using multiple texts and digital media; integrating literacy instruction with science, social studies, and math; and teaching English language learners and struggling readers. Vivid case studies, thoughtful discussion questions and activities in each chapter, and detailed ideas for program and lesson planning make this an indispensable classroom resource and professional development tool.

Author Biography

Kathleen A.  Hinchman, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Reading and Language Arts Center at Syracuse University. A former middle school teacher, she has published a number of journal articles, chapters, and books. Her current work is concerned with literacy-related middle school reform.


Heather K. Sheridan-Thomas, PhD, is Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction for the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Ithaca, New York. Formerly a teacher educator, public school administrator, and secondary teacher, she has conducted research in the areas of adolescents' multiple literacies and addressing achievement gaps for underserved students.

Table of Contents

Perspectives toward Adolescent Literacy Instruction
Discussing Texts with Adolescents in Culturally Responsive Waysp. 3
Meaningful Content for Middle School Students for Whom English Is an Additional Languagep. 20
Rethinking Literacy Learning and Teaching: Intersections of Adolescents' In-School and Out-of-School Literacy Practicesp. 39
iLife: Understanding and Connecting to the Digital Literacies of Adolescentsp. 57
The Role of Motivation in Engaged Reading of Adolescentsp. 78
Developing Reading and Writing Strategies for Multiple Contexts
Actively Engaging Middle School Students with Wordsp. 99
Strategy Matters: Comprehension Instruction for Older Youthp. 114
Reading and Writing across Multiple Textsp. 132
Multimodality and Literacy Learning: Using Multiple Texts to Enhance Content-Area Learningp. 151
Assisting Struggling Readers with Textbook Comprehensionp. 164
The Reality of Challenging Texts in High School Science and Social Studies: How Teachers Can Mediate Comprehensionp. 185
Humanities Instruction for Adolescent Literacy Learnersp. 212
Fostering Acquisition of Official Mathematics Languagep. 229
Adolescent Literacy Program Issues
Intervening When Older Youth Struggle with Readingp. 247
Instructional Moves That Support Adolescent Learners Who Have Histories of Failurep. 261
Traveling Together over Difficult Ground: Negotiating Success with a Profoundly Inexperienced Reader in an Introduction to Chemistry Classp. 275
Literacy Assessment for Adolescents: What's Fair about It?p. 297
Program Developmentp. 313
Multiple Dimensions of Adolescent Literacy Teacher Educationp. 339
Indexp. 361
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