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

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Overview

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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“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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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435088392
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/20/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 967,724
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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

The View in the Rearview Mirror

New Understanding - Same Challenges

Creating a Literate Environment

Meeting the Students Where They Are

Voices Within and Without

The World Is Our Textbook

Supporting Real Choices

Going Around the Edges

"It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times . . ."

"That One Wonder of a Child . . ."

Living a Meaningful Life

Appendixes:

A. Research Methodology

B. Surveys

C. Assessment: Samples of Assessment/Evaluation Prompts

D. Students as Researchers: Student-Generated Reading Interview Survey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    Wow...Just What I Needed to Know!

    One of the first books on adolescent literacy that I have truly enjoyed reading. Janet Allen writes with humor, sensitivity and compassion for both the teaching profession and the students we work with. I particularly enjoy her annecdotal records of the readers she worked with, and how she managed to assist them in opening the doors to the wonderful world of reading. Highly recommended for any secondary teacher, administrator or parent!!! I'm buying copies for every teacher in my building for professional development sessions next year.

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