ERIC Number: ED437640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Adolescent Literacy: A Position Statement for the Commission on Adolescent Literacy of the International Reading Association.
Moore, David W.; Bean, Thomas W.; Birdyshaw, Deanna; Rycik, James A.
Many people do not recognize reading development as a continuum, but the literacy needs of the adolescent reader are far different from those of primary-grade children. This position paper discusses some of those literacy needs and outlines seven principles supporting adolescents' literacy growth. Adolescents deserve: (1) access to a wide variety of reading material; (2) instruction that builds both the skill and desire to read increasingly complex materials; (3) assessment that shows them their strengths as well as their needs and that guides their teachers to design instruction that will best help them grow as readers; (4) expert teachers who model and provide explicit instruction in reading comprehension and study strategies across the curriculum; (5) reading specialists who assist students having difficulty learning to read; (6) teachers who understand the complexities of individual adolescent readers, respect their differences, and respond to their characteristics; and (7) homes, communities, and a nation that will support their efforts to achieve advanced levels of literacy and provide support for them to succeed. (Contains 92 suggested readings.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Intellectual Development, Needs Assessment, Position Papers, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection, Reading Motivation, Secondary Education, Student Needs, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
IES Cited: ED502398