Adolescent Literacies: A Handbook of Practice-Based Research

Edited by Kathleen A. Hinchman, Deborah A. Appleman

Adolescent Literacies: A Handbook of Practice-Based Research
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Description

This handbook highlights leading-edge research findings on adolescent literacy teaching and learning. Also included are instructional approaches and methods that build upon students’ interests, knowledge, and digital technologies.

Attention is paid to how characteristics, such as gender, language, and race — along with curriculum and teaching methods — help to form students’ literacy development and engagement.

Key topics include:

  • Collaborative inquiry
  • Argumentation
  • Close reading
  • Composition

In a key chapter titled “Missing in Action: Learning From Texts in Subject Matter Classrooms,” Cynthia Greenleaf, Co-Director of the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd, and co-author Sheila Valencia argue that reading itself is missing in secondary subject area classrooms, and that educators, instead of their students, are doing the hard work of comprehension and synthesis. Greenleaf and Valencia present a set of teacher planning and implementation routines that address this issue.