Best Practices in Adolescent Literacy Instruction, First Edition

Best Practices in Adolescent Literacy Instruction, First Edition

by Kathleen A. Hinchman
     
 

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

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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.

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"'Exuberance' is a word often used to describe adolescence, and one that could also be applied to this text. The contributors recognize adolescents' complexities, their sophisticated use of technology, their deep feelings. Whether discussing knowledge learned about literacy in discipline-specific classrooms, out-of-school literacies, digital literacies, or responses to classic literature, every chapter has real students at its core. It is clear that the contributors have listened to adolescents and truly respect them as caring, capable thinkers who have much to offer."--Pamela A. Michel, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Oswego State University

"As schools begin to respond to a rekindling of focus on adolescent literacy, the need for quality guidance and resources has never been greater. For those of us who have interacted with middle and high school students over our entire careers, this book is a much-anticipated 'must read.' Best Practices in Adolescent Literacy Instruction taps many of the most credible voices in the field to provide in-depth and thoughtful discussions of current approaches and initiatives. Educators want to hear what these authors have to say."--Doug Buehl, MS, adolescent literacy specialist, Madison, Wisconsin

"Best Practices in Adolescent Literacy Instruction will be an enduring work, providing direction for all of us concerned with the literacy lives of adolescents. In one volume, we have the major figures of the adolescent literacy community sharing their understanding of effective practices, the insights that guide those practices, and important program development issues."--Donald J. Leu, PhD, John and Maria Neag Endowed Chair in Literacy and Technology, University of Connecticut

"This cutting-edge volume combines the most recent theories and innovations in adolescent literacy with rich, down-to-earth, classroom-based perspectives. Attention to disciplinary contexts and domains, as well as the recognition that students need teacher scaffolding and guidance in order to move toward independent learning, are mainstays of the book. I particularly like the presence of student voices and the fact that each chapter includes a summary discussion and extension activities. I could see using this book as a main text in an adolescent literacy course or as a resource for professional development."--Thomas W. Bean, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"Hinchman and Sheridan-Thomas hit on many current issues and topics about which secondary teachers and administrators are clamoring for more information. This book is a great resource for collegial dialogue and professional development. I look forward to sharing it with middle and high school administrators, department chairs, other learning coordinators, and literacy coaches."--Ella E. Briand, CAS, Humanities Field Coordinator, Syracuse City School District, New York

 

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
This edited collection epitomizes the best of "theory into practice" writing about multiple aspects of adolescent literacy. Chapters are authored by experts in their respective areas and offer a variety of definitions, perspectives, and approaches to this broad term—meaning that there is probably something useful here for everyone who interacts with adolescents in an educational capacity. Teachers are acknowledged as the creative and guiding forces they can and should be when helping adolescents maximize their literacy competencies. Relevant research is compellingly translated into actual classroom scenarios, often accompanied by sample assignments and student responses. The level of coverage ranges from general understanding of motivation in reading to working with individual students. Digital literacies, teaching across texts and modalities, aspects of critical thinking, program development, and assessment are some of the many topics addressed by individual chapters. Specific content areas (e.g., math, history, social studies) and populations (e.g., English language learners, older youth, special needs students) are highlighted. The format shows considerable editorial oversight and exemplifies aspects of "considerate" texts. Each chapter is preceded by the main points to be addressed and followed by a conclusion and a "Discussion and Activities" section, which encourages active reflection on what was covered. This is NOT just a book for those addressing the language arts and reading, rather a useful handbook for anyone teaching adolescents. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593856939
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/25/2008
Series:
Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy Series
Pages:
379
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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