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ERIC Number: ED510760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
Reading for the 21st Century: Adolescent Literacy Teaching and Learning Strategies. Issue Brief
Alliance for Excellent Education
Literacy is often broadly defined as the ability to read, write, speak, listen, and think critically. Young people need to develop strong literacy skills to communicate effectively, gain respect from peers and authority, participate in their communities in a meaningful way, and fully contribute to society. Building literacy, therefore, goes far beyond improving a child's ability to read and write. It speaks to the larger societal issues of access and equity. In an era defined by standards, accountability, and high-stakes testing, it has become even more important for students to develop deep and critical knowledge of subject matter content. Using teaching and learning strategies with content-specific texts, teachers enable students to gain more facility with literacy strategies as well as understand the subject matter better. This article highlights the five important factors that impact the literacy development of adolescents--motivation, skills related to the alphabetic principle, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension--and offers strategies that work with each factor.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education