All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Adolescent Literacy Glossary

Adequate Yearly Progress, Small Learning Communities, Explicit Instruction — do you know what these phrases mean? Find these and other commonly used terms related to reading, literacy, and reading instruction in our glossary.

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Independent Reading Level

The level at which a reader reads with about 95% accuracy.

Independent School District (ISD)

ISD is a common acronym for Independent School District, which refers to the school system the student attends.

Indirect Vocabulary Learning

Vocabulary learning that occurs when students hear or see words used in many different contexts – for example, through conversations with adults, being read to, and reading extensively on their own.

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

A written plan which documents the unique educational needs of a child with a disability who requires special education services to benefit from the general edcuation program; applies to students enrolled in public schools.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004)

The federal law that provides for special education and related services to eligible students with disabilities; applies to students enrolled in public schools.

Informal Assessment

The process of collecting information to make specific instructional decisions, using procedures largely designed by teachers and based on the current instructional situation.

Inquiry Chart

A type of graphic organizer (also called I-chart) that gives students a framework for examining critical questions by integrating what they already know about a topic with additional information from several sources. This strategy helps students resolve competing ideas found in separate sources and develop new questions to explore based on any conflicting or incomplete information they find.

Instructional Reading Level

The level at which a reader reads with about 90% accuracy.


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