All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Stigma & Assistive Technology

With so many students using technology now, has it become easier for students with disabilities to use technology without feeling stigmatized?

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Strategies to Understand the Question

What Are Some Strategies to Help a Student Understand What the Question is Demanding?

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Struggling 10-year Old

My son will be 10 in two months and can't read and can barely do simple addition and subtraction. What can I do?

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Students Behind by More than Two Grade Levels

Frequently we encounter students in the 4th grade and above who have huge gaps in their literacy skills and are two or more grade levels behind academically. How do we teach these students foundational literacy skills, word recognition, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension and what materials/resources do you recommend that do not seem babyish?

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Sustained Silent Reading

Could you send me some current research/link for research which indicates that a sustained reading program benefits adolescent readers? We are having trouble in our high school with staff who do not feel that there are any benefits to the 20 minutes of sustained reading we do weekly with our students.

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The Evolution of AT

How has our understanding of assistive technology evolved over time?

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Thoughts on UDL

What is your perspective on Universal Design for Learning, or UDL?

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Trouble with Letter Sound Knowledge

I have a student who knows his sounds and can blend them, but when he reads, he will begin the sound but complete the word with an incorrect word that begins with the same initial sound. He does this when he sounds the word out phoneme by phoneme. Any suggestions for interventions? 

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Typing Skills for Students Who Struggle with Writing

What would you do with a child who really struggles to get words down on a page?

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Using Underlining

What Are Some Strategies to Best Use Underlining?

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Ways to Encourage ELL Students to Read

I am curious if you have any suggestions for helping low SES and ESoL students to read when they have no books at home, and their parents don't have time or don't value the importance of practicing reading?

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Writing AT for K-2

How about students in kindergarten or early elementary school, who are just learning how to write their letters. For some students that's a really difficult job.

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