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ERIC Number: EJ855097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Reimagining Our Inexperienced Adolescent Readers: From Struggling, Striving, Marginalized, and Reluctant to Thriving
Greenleaf, Cynthia L.; Hinchman, Kathleen
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v53 n1 p4-13 Sep 2009
This commentary invites Americans to confront what these authors view as the travesty that typically passes for literacy instruction for older youth in the United States who struggle with reading. In too many U.S. schools, these young people face an impoverished curriculum, receiving literacy instruction that is ill suited to their needs, or worse, receiving no literacy instruction at all. The authors invite Americans to consider, in contrast, teaching that helps young people to read a wide range of texts more effectively.They also ask Americans to reimagine instruction that acknowledges such young people and that helps them to acknowledge themselves, as thriving, literate, intelligent human beings with important contributions to make--including interpreting the First Amendment. In this article, the authors explain why they believe dramatic change is essential. They introduce one young man who struggles with reading but who has begun to thrive, and they consider the implications of the young man's growing success for future policy, research, and classroom practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment