Adolescent literacy: turning promise into practice

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Heinemann, Apr 26, 2007 - Education - 411 pages
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A study guide is available for this title. Click hereto download (PDF, 117KB). This is the time to think boldly about adolescent literacy. So much of what we know about adolescents and their learning has changed in the last decade, and since then both the world of education and the world at large have become very different places. Adolescent Literacy convenes a conversation among today's most important educational thinkers and practitioners to address crucial advances in research on adolescent learning, to assess which of our current practices meets the challenges of the twenty-first century, and to discover transformative ideas and methods that turn the promise of education into instructional practice. In Adolescent Literacyrenowned educators Kylene Beers, Bob Probst, and Linda Rief lead twenty-eight of the most important and widely read educators across the country in a conversation about where we are in the teaching of literacy to adolescents and how best to move forward. From researchers to classroom teachers, from long-treasured voices to important new members of the education community, Adolescent Literacy includes the thoughts of central figures in the field today. Adolescent Literacydiscusses the most provocative issues of our time, including: English language learners struggling readers technology in the classroom multimodal literacy compelling writing instruction teaching in a “flat world” young adult literature. Each of its chapters builds on the previous to create a unified story of adolescent literacy that will help all middle and secondary teachers and administrators envision literacy instruction in exciting new ways. In addition Adolescent Literacy'sassessment rubrics for teachers, administrators, and staff developers make it an ideal resource for schoolwide and districtwide professional development, while its accompanying study guide is perfect for small-group discussions. Now is indeed the time to create a powerful vision of how to teach adolescents. The research on their learning has reached a critical mass, modern technology has allowed them to engage in a far wider range of literate behaviors than ever before, and their world has become increasingly connected, increasingly competitive, and increasingly polarized. Read Adolescent Literacy, consider the thoughts of leading educators, and join a conversation about what it means to teach and learn in this dynamic new environment. And do it soon, because the need to turn education's promise into classroom practice has never been more urgent.

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User Review  - Sherri - Goodreads

Genre: Educational Resource Rating: *****This was a very helpful resource. Each chapter was written on a different literacy topic by a different person in the educational world. The chapters read more ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kaitlin Bevis - Goodreads

This was a very helpful resource. Each chapter was written on a different topic by a different person, which gives a wide lense to adolescent literacy. It didn't read like a textbook, more like articles. Which was nice. Read full review


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Kylene Beers, author of When Kids Can't Read/What Teachers Can Do (Heinemann, 2002), is interested in helping struggling readers. The Senior Reading Advisor to Secondary Schools for the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Kylene has published numerous articles in state and national journals, served as editor of the national literacy journal, Voices from the Middle, and was the 2008-2009 President of the National Council of Teachers of English. She is an invited speaker at state, national, and international conventions and works with teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools across the US. You can follow Kylene on Twitter or Facebook or her blog at She is completing a new book, co-authored with Bob Probst, titled Book-by-Book: Lessons for Unlocking Literature which will be published by Heinemann in 2011.

Bob was first an English teacher in junior and senior high schools in Maryland and then English Supervisor for the Norfolk, Virginia schools before he moved on to Georgia State University as Professor of English Education. He spent much of his time during those years wondering why kids didnt enjoy reading literature quite as much as he did, and trying to figure out how to change that unhappy situation. His search led him to graduate school and the library, where he discovered Rosenblatts work, and back into classroomsboth his own and those of his student teachers and other educators willing to experimentwhere he developed strategies to bring kids and books together more happily.He designed those strategies to respect the interests of the students and their responses to what they read, but also to lead into thoughtful analysis of the texts. And he wanted the literature classroom to become a community of readers and writers who, by sharing their thinking about significant wo

Linda Rief is the author or coeditor of five Heinemann titles, including Inside the Writer's-Reader's Notebook (2007), The Writer's-Reader's Notebook (2007), Adolescent Literacy (2007), Vision and Voice (1999), and Seeking Diversity (1992), as well as the author of 100 Quickwrites (2003). She is an eighth-grade teacher at Oyster River Middle School in Durham, New Hampshire, and an instructor in the University of New Hampshire 's Summer Literacy Institute. She is also a national and international consultant on issues of adolescent literacy. In 2000 she was the recipient of NCTE's Edwin A. Hoey Award for Outstanding Middle School Educator in the English/Language Arts. Her classroom was featured in the series Making Meaning in Literature produced by Maryland Public Television for Annenberg/CPB.