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Adolescent Literacy: Policies, Research & Resources

Research and policy recommendations from both the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English support balanced, rather than bottom-up, step-by-step, "turn-the-page" instruction and drills as the best basis for adolescent literacy development. Reading is a complex process; students need to be taught and practice comprehension and study strategies with real texts. These reports also call for further research and a variety of approaches.
  1. Adolescent Literacy--Policy Statements and Effective Practices
  2. The International Reading Association's Position Statement on Adolescent Literacy
  3. Adolescent Literacy: A Position Statement--for the Commission on Adolescent Literacy of the International Reading Association
  4. On Reading, Learning to Read, and Effective Reading Instruction--An Overview of What We Know and How We Know It from NCTE
  5. Features of Literacy Programs: A Decision-Making Matrix--Prepared by the Commission on Reading National Council of Teachers of English
  6. Reading Next—A Vision for Action and Research in Middle and High School Literacy: A Report to Carnegie Corporation of New York
  7. Adolescent Literacy and the Achievement Gap: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go From Here?
  8. There's Reading...and Then There's Reading: Process Models and Instruction
  9. Learning To Read--Resources for Language Arts and Reading Research
  10. Comprehension Resources--from Reading Online, a publication of the International Reading Association
  11. "Best Practices Strategies" for Readers
  12. Adolescent Literacy Research Informing Practice: A Series of Workshops
  13. Evidence-based research on reading instruction
  14. Grades 9-12 Literacy Web Homepage
  15. Adolescent Literacy and Content Area Reading. ERIC Digest
  16. NCTE Adolescent Literacy Resource Collection
  17. Eight Research-Based Comprehension Strategies
  18. A Call to Action: What We Know About Adolescent Literacy and Ways to Support Teachers in Meeting Students’ Needs--A Position/Action Statement from NCTE’s Commission on Reading
  19. A Summary of Policy Recommendations to Address Illiteracy Among High School Students
  20. Knowledge Loom's Adolescent Literacy in the Content Area
  21. Using Student Engagement to Improve Adolescent Literacy
  22. Defining Reading Instruction for Adolescents
  23. Literacy Coach Resource Collection
  24. Research Reports on Adolescent Literacy
  25. A Generation at Risk--And the solution is NOT providing remedial, watered- and dumbed down curricula!
  26. “What’s the Gist?” Summary Writing for Struggling Adolescent Writers
  27. "Reading the World"--Linda Christensen and Jeffrey Wilhelm Discuss Adolescent Literacy and Learning
  28. What Does Research Say About Reading?
  29. Fostering High Levels of Reading and Learning in Secondary Students
  30. Books and Other Resources on Adolescent Literacy
  31. Fry's Readability and Other Readability Information
  32. Effective Support of Adolescent Literacy at the High School Level is Critical
  33. Guide to Good Practice--Reading in a second language
  34. Teaching Reading Apprenticeship and Sheltered Instruction

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