All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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AdLit 101: Motivation

AdLit 101: Motivation

When teaching older students, the challenge isn't just to provide systematic instruction but also to help them build confidence in their own abilities.

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Between Two Cultures

Between Two Cultures

Gene Luen Yang talks passionaltely on what boys want to read, why he loves comics (and how to use them in the classroom), the habits of a slow reader, and much more!

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Strategies to Engage Middle-Level Learners

Strategies to Engage Middle-Level Learners

Learn how to teach students a set of prompts or procedures to use as they read. Sample lesson included!

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4 Ways to Hook Struggling Readers

4 Ways to Hook Struggling Readers

One of the keys to helping struggling readers is to provide them with books that they can and want to read.

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Assistive Technology 101

Assistive Technology 101

Get the basics in this fact sheet from the Center on Technology and Disability.

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Featured Strategy

Featured reading comprehension strategy

Directed Reading Thinking Activity (DRTA)

DRTA is a strategy that guides students in asking questions about a text, making predictions, and then reading to confirm or refute their predictions. The DRTA process encourages students to be active and thoughtful readers, enhancing their comprehension.
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Featured Resources

Center on Technology and Disability Center on Technology and Disability

Find a wealth of free webinars, articles, guides, training materials, and more — all about assistive technology to support students with learning disabilities.
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Independent Readers, Independent Thinkers

Getting students to watch what their minds are doing when they read helps them discover what good readers do. Educator Sally Donnelly calls this “spying on your reading.” See how Donnelly uses this strategy for her own students.
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Blog: School Matters

Drama in a School Conference Room

In Steubenville, Ohio, I experienced a truly memorable moment. It was in an ordinary school conference room, the kind of room where a principal might meet with a student's family. On this particular day it was jammed with teachers and administrators from all over the district…
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Featured Glossary Term


The act of breaking words into syllables.
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Research & News

What's Behind Rising Graduation Rates for English-Learners and Native-American Students?
Education Week

When Dyslexic Students Are Denied In School

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree
The Hechinger Report

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