It's Never Too Late: Leading Adolescents to Lifelong Literacy

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It's Never Too Late is a research chronicle that offers not only proven methods but also inspiration. Anyone working with "at risk" students--those for whom school has not been a place of success- will find here a reflection of their own experiences, plus thoughtful and creative strategies for making those experiences positive ones. When Janet Allen, a respected lecturer, researcher, and award-winning teacher, began teaching in 1972, she was wholly unprepared for the challenges she encountered: motivating the ...
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It's Never Too Late is a research chronicle that offers not only proven methods but also inspiration. Anyone working with "at risk" students--those for whom school has not been a place of success- will find here a reflection of their own experiences, plus thoughtful and creative strategies for making those experiences positive ones. When Janet Allen, a respected lecturer, researcher, and award-winning teacher, began teaching in 1972, she was wholly unprepared for the challenges she encountered: motivating the unmotivated, developing a curriculum with no models to draw from, building an environment that supported strategic learning, finding creative resources with limited means, and dealing with reluctant, even rebellious students. More daunting, perhaps, was the challenge of constantly rekindling her own fervor for teaching. But she persevered and found ways to break through those obstacles. It's Never Too Late is at once a story and a "how to" book. Readers will find absorbing case studies, photographs, quotes from educators, surveys, activities, and step by-step strategies for teaching reading and writing to the most reluctant middle and secondary school students. Most important, they will find affirmation for the powerful role they play as teachers.
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This research chronicle offers proven methods and inspiration for anyone working with at risk students, with case studies, quotes from educators, surveys, activities, and strategies for teaching reading and writing to middle and secondary school students who are at risk in terms of literacy. Allen, a teacher since 1972, relates the challenges she encountered when she began her career and describes students who changed her life, then discusses strategies such as reading aloud and integrating art. Includes sample surveys and assessments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“Any teacher of general English could read It's Never Too Late and know that he or she is definitely not alone.”–English Journal
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  • ISBN-13: 9780788723902
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/29/2002
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

After teaching high school reading and English in Maine for twenty years, Janet Allen relocated to Florida, where she currently teaches English education courses at the University of Central Florida. A recipient of the Maine Educator Award and the Milken Foundation National Educator Award, Dr. Allen has always had a special interest in working with students who are at risk in terms of literacy and has spent much of her teaching career researching and working with these students.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The View in the Rearview Mirror 1
2 New Understanding - Same Challenges 19
3 Creating a Literate Environment 25
4 Meeting the Students Where They Are 38
5 Voices Within and Without 54
6 The World Is Our Textbook 66
7 Supporting Real Choices 88
8 Going Around the Edges 105
9 "It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times ..." 118
10 "That One Wonder of a Child ..." 137
11 Living a Meaningful Life 154
Appendix A: Research Methodology 169
Appendix B: Surveys 183
Appendix C: Assessment: Samples of Assessment/Evaluation Prompts 192
Appendix D: Students as Researchers: Student-Generated Reading Interview Survey 194
References 200
Literary References 206
Resource References 210
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