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Adolescent Literacy

Adolescent literacy skills begin to build upon conventional literacy skills around grade 4 and continue through high school.

Adolescent learners face increasingly more complex texts in different disciplines. Academic language and disciplinary texts become progressively complex and adolescent learners need to read, write, understand, interpret and discuss multiple texts across contexts (IRA, 2012).

Teaching Adolescent Literacy When teaching adolescents it is important that students receive explicit vocabulary and comprehension strategies instruction. Anita Archer (2018) and many others assert that instruction in vocabulary and background knowledge supports learners’ acquisition of knowledge in the content areas, (Kamil, Borman, Dole, Kral, Salinger, & Torgesen, 2008).  Content area teachers need to ensure that students learn to read, comprehend and interpret content area text (Denton, 2012).

Secondary R-TFI The Secondary Reading Content Area Inventory helps districts examine their evidence-based practices for improving student reading. The secondary R-TFI Highlights a continuum of supports to meet the variety of reading needs among students and how to collect data to analyze for reading.

Striving Readers’ Comprehensive Literacy Grant 7 districts in the region were awarded either individual or consortium grant.

Professional Learning Opportunities
Title Date
Literacy Leaders Network

Sept 24, 2018
Oct 19, 2018
Nov 19, 2018
Dec 19, 2018

Reading-Tiered Fidelity Inventory: Elementary,
Secondary & Local Literacy Plan
Sept 11, 2018

Opportunities to Learn More:

Improving Adolescent Literacy

Writing Skill for Secondary Students



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Kim Miller Consultant