ERIC Number: ED462712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting Young Adolescents' Literacy Learning. A Joint Position Statement of the International Reading Association and the National Middle School Association.
International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
During the middle school years, young adolescent students can use reading to help answer profound questions about themselves and the world. It is during the middle school years that most students refine their reading preferences; become sophisticated readers of informational text; and lay the groundwork for the lifelong reading habits they will use in their personal, professional, and civic lives. With good instruction, ample time, and opportunity to read across a variety of types of texts, young adolescents can become successful readers both in and out of the school setting. This position paper states that schools should provide the following: Continuous reading instruction for all young adolescents; Reading instruction that is individually appropriate; Assessment that informs instruction; and Ample opportunities to read and discuss reading with others. The paper makes recommendations for improving the literacy performance of all middle level students for classroom teachers, for state/district leaders and policymakers; for school-based educators; for teacher educators; and for families and community members. (Contains a 20-item list of related resources.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Literacy, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Position Papers, Reading Instruction
Order Department, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139. Web site: http://www.reading.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.