This comprehensive resource arms classroom teachers and administrators with information to meet today's adolescent literacy challenges.
In Part I, the authors highlight research on what works with adolescent learners and discuss how to implement instructional programs to fit the unique needs of your school or district. Part II presents a directory of more than 40 programs designed for middle and secondary students. Each program description includes
-An overview of the instructional approach
-A description of available professional development resources
-Summaries of any program evaluations conducted
-Contact information for program publishers
Summary charts offer a quick way to identify programs suitable for particular students - typically developing, advanced, struggling, those with learning disabilities, or English learners, all by grade level - or that include specific features.
Written for the secondary classroom teacher and administrator, this resource begins with basic information, such as the content and characteristics of literacy instruction, and addresses implementation costs of literacy programs and the need for change at the school and district level for effective adolescent literacy instruction. The second part lists criteria for selecting and evaluating programs along with a set of matrices that highlight the features of forty-eight programs, including the skills, strategies, and knowledge taught, as well as the type of students addressed by each program. The program descriptions, from slightly over a page to three pages in length, are based on information from the company, articles about the program, research studies on efficacy, and input from schools using the programs, when available. Of the forty-eight programs addressed, only three are specifically for grades nine through twelve. A majority starts at fourth grade and extend through twelfth, but there are several that address only middle school and junior high age adolescents, making the book an excellent resource for the professional collection in school libraries at these levels. Although the librarian's role in adolescent literacy is not addressed in this resource that focuses on teaching literacy in the classroom environment, it offers important information, based on research studies, that would be useful to anyone working with adolescents and their reading development. Reviewer: Ruth Cox Clark