ERIC Number: ED459442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting Adolescent Literacy across the Content Areas. Perspectives on Policy and Practice.
Literacy--the ability to read, write, speak, listen, and think effectively--enables adolescents to learn and to communicate clearly in and out of school. Adolescents need to have strong literacy skills so that they can understand academic content, communicate in a credible way, participate in cultural communities, and negotiate the world. The standards movement asserts that all students should understand content at deeper, more complex levels than have been advocated previously for any but the most advanced students. A variety of teaching and learning strategies have been shown to be effective in assisting adolescent learners to develop their capacity as readers and writers. Nevertheless, according to this paper, there is an "ever-deepening crisis in adolescent literacy." The paper considers how effective content-based literacy instruction can be brought to life in the classroom in ways that will make a positive difference for students. It discusses the following questions: Why are educational practitioners and policymakers concerned about adolescent literacy now? What recent developments have taken place on the national and state levels? What would a successful approach to improving adolescent literacy include? What is the Adolescent Literacy Support Framework? How does the Framework address the needs of all students? What does adolescent literacy development look like at the classroom level? How will adolescent literacy across the curriculum improve test scores? and What do educational leaders need to know? (Contains 21 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Content Area Reading, Content Area Writing, Instructional Effectiveness, Literacy, Secondary Education, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.