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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Designing Tiered Interventions

Designing Tiered Interventions

Listen to Dr. Deshler explain why some adolescents struggle with reading and the need for reliable student assessments and qualified specialists to provide intensive and individualized...

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03/27/2014
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Interventions for Struggling Readers

Interventions for Struggling Readers

Watch this multimedia overview to learn about using assessments to select interventions, the role of reading specialists and content teachers, and the types of instruction required to meet student...

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03/27/2014
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Improving Comprehension Through Text Discussion: What Does the Research Say?

Improving Comprehension Through Text Discussion: What Does the Research Say?

Dr. Michael Kamil describs the results of a meta-analysis that reviewed 42 studies examining the effects of text discussion on reading comprehension.

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03/27/2014
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Engaging Adolescents in Discussions About Text

Engaging Adolescents in Discussions About Text

Dr. Janice Dole gives an overview of the recommendation to provide opportunities for extended discussion of text meaning and interpretation.

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03/27/2014
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Talking About Text: Discussion-Based Approaches to Reading Instruction

Talking About Text: Discussion-Based Approaches to Reading Instruction

View this multimedia overview to learn how providing adolescents with opportunities to discuss text can improve comprehension and engagement, both key features of reading achievement. Related...

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03/27/2014
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Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers

Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers

Dr. Don Deshler describes the characteristics of research-based, explicit, comprehension strategy instruction, including modeling, scaffolding, and opportunities for practice in a variety of...

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03/27/2014
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The Value of Teaching Comprehension Strategies

The Value of Teaching Comprehension Strategies

Dr. Janice Dole gives an overview of the recommendation to provide direct and explicit comprehension strategy instruction.

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03/27/2014
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Effective Strategies That Boost Reading Comprehension

Effective Strategies That Boost Reading Comprehension

This multimedia overview highlights key research findings and specific practice implications for comprehension strategy instruction. Related Files: Transcript

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03/27/2014
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A Classroom Scenario

A Classroom Scenario

In this interview Dr. Curtis describes what good vocabulary instruction would look like in a classroom. She addresses the need for explicit instruction and multiple practice opportunities in a...

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03/26/2014
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Explicit Vocabulary-Teaching Strategies

Explicit Vocabulary-Teaching Strategies

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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03/26/2014
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Providing Explicit Vocabulary Instruction

Providing Explicit Vocabulary Instruction

Use this multimedia overview to understand the importance of providing explicit vocabulary instruction focused on words key to understanding content in both reading and subject area classrooms....

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03/26/2014
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Adolescent Literacy Planning Template #3

For working with state education agencies on facilitating conversations about setting a policy climate for improving practices at the district and state level.

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03/26/2014
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