Synopses & Reviews
"'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
"This volume provides a rich collection of ideas and strategies from top scholars in the field. It offers educators a roadmap for successfully promoting adolescents' comprehension, vocabulary development, and independent learning. The second edition responds to the enormous wave of change brought about by the CCSS. It describes ways teachers can expand their repertoire of instructional support across the content areas and engage students in close reading of increasingly complex texts."--Thomas W. Bean, PhD, Department of Teaching and Learning, Old Dominion University
"This second edition gives educators the latest tools to ensure all students are college and career ready. It reflects a commitment to providing students with high-quality instruction and equal access in all content areas--not just to meet current mandates, but to develop their critical thinking skills. As a leader committed to urban education, I find this book a valuable resource."--Margaret Morone-Wilson, MS, Director of Professional Development, Syracuse (New York) City School District
"In this second edition, you will find our best scholars addressing the most important issues and describing the most powerful instructional practices being used in secondary classrooms today. This volume continues to be one of the finest texts for teacher education and professional development in adolescent literacy. At a time when the contexts for literacy and literacy education have become complex and sometimes confusing, this book provides needed direction for us all."--Donald J. Leu, PhD, John and Maria Neag Endowed Chair in Literacy and Technology, University of Connecticut
"Secondary school teachers and curriculum coordinators are scouring the pedagogical landscape looking for resources like this one. The second edition offers insightful suggestions that will help us support our students in close reading of increasingly complex texts that incorporate challenging academic vocabulary. The book provides research-based strategies for helping students become more adept at writing from sources and using evidence to support their answers."--Brian Kesel, MS, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, West Genesee Central Schools, Camillus, New York
"Bringing together prominent thinkers and leaders, this comprehensive, highly accessible volume offers compelling descriptions of exemplary practices, grounded in the latest research. From a stance of respect for adolescents, the authors share their remarkable insights and unique approaches for engaging students' literacies. Not only does the volume address academic realities, but it also maintains a deliberate and persuasive emphasis on adolescents' lifelong learning and personal fulfillment. This 'must-read' book will inform and inspire novice and experienced teachers and teacher educators."--Micki M. Caskey, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Graduate School of Education, Portland State University
"Provides an array of useful ideas to strengthen and enlarge teachers' approaches to adolescent literacy instruction....Recommended. Students of all levels."--Choice Reviews (on the first edition)
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.
Covering everything from day-to-day learning activities to school-wide goals, this engaging book reviews key topics in literacy instruction for grades 5-12and provides research-based recommendations for practice.
An authoritative teacher resource and widely adopted text, this book provides a comprehensive overview of adolescent literacy instruction in the era of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Leading educators describe effective practices for motivating diverse learners in grades 5-12, building comprehension of multiple types of texts, integrating literacy and content-area instruction, and teaching English language learners and struggling readers. Case examples, lesson-planning ideas, and end-of-chapter discussion questions and activities enhance the utility of the volume.
New to This Edition
*Extensive CCSS content incorporated throughout the book.
*Chapters on disciplinary literacy, text complexity, and differentiated instruction.
*Chapters on academic language, writing instruction, history and English/language arts classrooms, and coaching.
About the Author
Kathleen A. Hinchman, PhD, is Professor of Reading and Language Arts at Syracuse University. A former middle school teacher, she is coauthor or coeditor of several books, including Teaching Adolescents Who Struggle with Reading
and Reconceptualizing the Literacies in Adolescents' Lives
. Her current work is concerned with secondary school implementation of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
Heather K. Sheridan-Thomas, EdD, is Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services at the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Ithaca, New York. Formerly a teacher education professor, public school administrator, and secondary school teacher, her current focus is on implementing the Common Core State Standards in a way that honors the professionalism and expertise of teachers while preparing adolescents to be literate, thoughtful stewards of this planet through the 21st century.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Donna E. Alvermann
I. Perspectives toward Adolescent Literacy Instruction
1. Discussing Texts with Adolescents in Culturally Responsive Ways, Alfred W. Tatum
2. Meaningful Content for Middle School Students for Whom English Is an Additional Language, Eliane Rubinstein-Ávila and Janelle Johnson
3. Rethinking Literacy Learning and Teaching: Intersections of Adolescents' In-School and Out-of-School Literacy Practices, Shelley Hong Xu
4. iLife: Understanding and Connecting to the Digital Literacies of Adolescents, Dana J. Wilber
5. The Role of Motivation in Engaged Reading of Adolescents, David G. OBrien and Deborah R. Dillon
II. Developing Reading and Writing Strategies for Multiple Contexts
6. Actively Engaging Middle School Students with Words, Karen Bromley
7. Strategy Matters: Comprehension Instruction for Older Youth, Rachel Brown
8. Reading and Writing across Multiple Texts, Cynthia Hynd Shanahan
9. Multimodality and Literacy Learning: Using Multiple Texts to Enhance Content-Area Learning, Fenice B. Boyd and Mary K. Thompson
10. Assisting Struggling Readers with Textbook Comprehension, Heather K. Sheridan-Thomas
11. The Reality of Challenging Texts in High School Science and Social Studies: How Teachers Can Mediate Comprehension, Elizabeth Birr Moje and Jennifer Speyer
12. Humanities Instruction for Adolescent Literacy Learners, Kelly Chandler-Olcott
13. Fostering Acquisition of Official Mathematics Language, Codruta Temple and Kathleen A. Hinchman
III. Adolescent Literacy Program Issues
14. Intervening When Older Youth Struggle with Reading, Gay Ivey
15. Instructional Moves That Support Adolescent Learners Who Have Histories of Failure, Douglas Fisher
16. Traveling Together over Difficult Ground: Negotiating Success with a Profoundly Inexperienced Reader in an Introduction to Chemistry Class, Cindy Litman and Cynthia Greenleaf
17. Literacy Assessment for Adolescents: What's Fair about It?, Mark W. Conley
18. Program Development, David W. Moore
19. Multiple Dimensions of Adolescent Literacy Teacher Education, Patricia L. Anders