Adolescent Literacy

Explore resources designed to improve literacy instruction in middle and high school.

Explore the subtopics below to learn more about the recommended practices:

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices.

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Explicit Vocabulary-Teaching Strategies

Adolescent Literacy > Vocabulary Instruction > Learn What Works

Dr. Curtis describes explicit vocabulary instruction and provides classroom examples, talks about key strategies students can learn to make them independent vocabulary learners, and explains why it...

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Expert Interview

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Visual Diagram: Adolescent Literacy

Adolescent Literacy > Overview & Tools

This diagram serves as a visual overview of four recommended practices based on the Improving Adolescent Literacy Practice Guide. The diagram can be used by presenters or professional developers to...

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Visual Diagram

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High School Literacy Intervention

Adolescent Literacy > Intensive Intervention > See How It Works

Hear Judith Hamilton explain how one high school uses a schoolwide, data-driven process to identify reading needs and plan tiered classroom and supplemental interventions, and the role of reading...

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School Example

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Safety Nets for Struggling Readers in High School

Adolescent Literacy > Intensive Intervention > See How It Works

A principal and reading specialist describe a comprehensive approach for identifying student needs and providing interventions, such as reading skills classes focused on decoding. Related...

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School Example

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Benchmark Assessment and Data-Sharing

Adolescent Literacy > Intensive Intervention > See How It Works

Faith Giddens, curriculum planner and testing coordinator, describes how school staff collaborates to design interventions based on assessment results, team reviews of student work, and data-driven...

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School Example

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High School Academic Literacy Intervention Class

Adolescent Literacy > Intensive Intervention > See How It Works

Morgan Hallabrin describes the approach of her intervention class, including modeling comprehension, vocabulary strategies, and student goal-setting. View two related sample materials, ACCESS Class...

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School Example

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Building Academic Literacy Through Text Discussion

Adolescent Literacy > Text Discussion > See How It Works

Listen to high school English teacher Jim Burke describe the importance of providing opportunities for adolescents to discuss text. He explains how he establishes a supportive environment for...

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School Example

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Literature Circles in High School

Adolescent Literacy > Text Discussion > See How It Works

Ninth-grade Humanities teacher Rebecca Wieder describes how she facilitates literature circle discussions. Wieder's students discuss a novel in groups where each plays a role: summarizer,...

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School Example

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Mark It Up! Scaffolding Text Discussion

Adolescent Literacy > Text Discussion > See How It Works

Kelly O'Brien scaffolds text discussion by modeling strategies for thinking about text, helps students make connections, and provides guidelines for organizing reading for meaning. View the related...

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School Example

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Student-Driven Discussions in Social Studies

Adolescent Literacy > Text Discussion > See How It Works

Listen to a teacher talk about how she scaffolds text discussion using pair-share, small group discussion, and large group share-out activities. Hear her description of the gradual release of...

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School Example

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Using Metacognitive Logs in Science

Adolescent Literacy > Text Discussion > See How It Works

In this astronomy lesson, a teacher uses a two-column metacognitive reading log to help students organize their questions and observations. Listen to how she evaluates student learning through log...

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School Example

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A Literacy Framework for Teacher Development

Adolescent Literacy > Comprehension Strategies > See How It Works

Listen to the coordinators of literacy activities in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties describe how they implemented a literacy framework and professional learning community, which included Saline...

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