By eighth grade, two-thirds of students are struggling to comprehend grade-level texts. As text books and other reading materials increase in complexity, this shortfall in comprehension can lead to low achievement across all subject areas. In this topic you'll find resources designed to address challenges and improve literacy and comprehension in middle and high school and.

To provide students with the best support in their developing literacy skills, teachers need to provide direct, explicit vocabulary and comprehension strategy instruction that leads to students' independent practice, opportunities for extended text discussion, and monitoring for all students' reading progress, including intensive intervention for struggling students.

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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Learning Together About Engaging Text Discussion

Trainers, coaches, and expert teachers are encouraged to use these exercises to provide in-service training about extended text discussion. During this session, teachers will work in the larger...

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04/01/2014
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Analyzing Speeches: Homework Assignments and Note-Taking Templates

These materials assignments from teacher Jim Burke's high school English class include assignments using Obama's keynote address assignment, a speech assignment on Cesar Chavez's speech,...

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04/01/2014
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"Four R" Note-Taking Template

English teacher Jim Burke created this template to help students take notes as they read a text. Related Media and Files: Building Academic Literacy Through Text Discussion...

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04/01/2014
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Social Studies Pair-Sharing and Discussion Guidelines

This PowerPoint outlines a seventh-grade social studies lesson that scaffolds text discussion strategies to help students develop an understanding of the experiences of Chernobyl survivors. The...

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04/01/2014
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Reflective Science Reading Logs and Evaluation Rubric

Science teacher Heather Howlett uses reading logs to support student questioning and text discussion. The evaluation rubric is used to assist students with self-evaluation of their progress and...

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04/01/2014
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Mark It Up! Questioning and Making Connections

The Mark It Up! strategy is used by eighth-grade language arts teacher Kelly O'Brian to scaffold small group text discussions. The teacher's lesson plan, text discussion, Mark It Up! guidelines,...

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04/01/2014
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Literature Circles Lesson Plan and Materials

This set of materials, provided by Rebecca Wieder, includes a lesson plan for literature circles as well as the following materials for students: a description of student roles in literature...

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03/31/2014
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Building Academic Literacy Through Text Discussion

Building Academic Literacy Through Text Discussion

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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03/31/2014
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Literature Circles in High School

Literature Circles in High School

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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03/31/2014
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Mark It Up! Scaffolding Text Discussion

Mark It Up! Scaffolding Text Discussion

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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03/31/2014
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Student-Driven Discussions in Social Studies

Student-Driven Discussions in Social Studies

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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03/31/2014
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Using Metacognitive Logs in Science

Using Metacognitive Logs in Science

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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03/31/2014
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