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ERIC Number: ED497895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 264
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-87207-465-1
Informed Choices for Struggling Adolescent Readers: A Research-Based Guide to Instructional Programs and Practices
Deshler, Donald D.; Palincsar, Annemarie Sullivan; Biancarosa, Gina; Nair, Marnie
International Reading Association (NJ3)
This comprehensive resource arms classroom teachers and administrators with information to meet today's adolescent literacy challenges. In Part I, the authors highlight research on what works with adolescent learners and discuss how to implement instructional programs to fit the unique needs of specific schools or districts. Part II presents a directory of more than 40 programs designed for middle and secondary students. Each program description includes: an overview of the instructional approach; a description of available professional development resources; summaries of any program evaluations conducted; and contact information for program publishers. Summary charts offer a quick way to identify programs suitable for particular students---typically developing, advanced, struggling, those with learning disabilities, or English learners, all by grade level--or that include specific features. This book is organized in the following parts and chapters. Part I: Principles for Improving Adolescent Literacy, contains (1) Adolescent Literacy: Myths and Realities; (2) The Content of Adolescent Literacy Instruction; (3) Characteristics and Supports of Adolescent Literacy Instruction; (4) Costs of Implementing Adolescent Literacy Programs; and (5) School and District Change to Improve Adolescent Literacy. Part II: Specific Instructional Programs, contains: (a) Criteria for Selecting and Evaluating Programs; (b) Criteria for Evaluating Programs; (c) Using the Information Provided, Adolescent Literacy Program Matrixes: Types of Students Served; Included Features; Evaluated Features; Skills, Strategies, and Knowledge Taught. Part II includes the following program summaries: Academy of Reading, Accelerated Reader, Achieve3000, Achieving Maximum Potential Reading System, Advancement Via Individual Determination, AfterSchool KidzLit, America's Choice--Ramp-Up Literacy, Benchmark Word Detectives, Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction, Corrective Reading, Disciplinary Literacy, Failure Free Reading, First Steps/STEPS, Junior Great Books, Knowledge Box, LANGUAGE!, Learning Upgrade, Lexia Strategies for Older Students, Lindamood-Bell, LitART, My Reading Coach, Passport Reading Journeys, Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies, Phono-graphix, PLATO Learning, Project CRISS, Puente, Questioning the Author, READ 180, READ RIGHT, Reading Apprenticeship, Reading Is FAME (Girls and Boys Town), Reading Power in the Content Areas, Reciprocal Teaching, REWARDS, Saxon Phonics Intervention, Scaffolded Reading Experience, Soar to Success, Spell Read P.A.T., Strategic Instruction Model, Success for All, Talent Development High Schools, Thinking Reader, Transactional Strategies Instruction, Vocabulary Improvement Program, Voyager TimeWarp Plus, Wilson Reading System, and WriteToLearn. Emerging Adolescent Literacy Programs is appended.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED560732