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Lafferty, Karen Elizabeth; Summers, Amy; Tanaka, Stephanie; Cavanagh, Jeanne – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2016
Introduction of the Common Core State Standards and assessments like the synthesis performance task pose new challenges for secondary English teachers. As students of all ability levels engage with complex text and in tasks that target higher level cognitive skills, teachers need strategies to support their understanding. This article describes…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Grade 9, Summative Evaluation, Credibility
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Belle, Crystal – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2016
Current scholarship suggests that many youths identify with hip-hop, especially youths of color. Study of this artistic form has been suggested as a means of helping youths acquire and become fluent in literacy practices. This article explores how the use of a hip-hop literacies curriculum addressed the literacy skills of urban ninth-grade English…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Music, Culturally Relevant Education, Minority Groups
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Ranker, Jason – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2015
In this article, the author presents examples of two ninth-grade students' literacy processes as they used blogs and digital video (amongst other media) to inquire into the subject matter of fast food. The author discusses the students' uses of these focal media through the concept of affordances, a concept that refers to the distinct…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Diaries