Adolescent Literacy in the Era of the Common Core


“Adolescent Literacy in the Era of the Common Core provides school leaders, teachers, and others with strategies and best practices for advancing adolescent literacy in the classroom.

Exceptionally clear and accessible, the book addresses a full range of topics in this vitally important field, including disciplinary literacy; vocabulary instruction; classroom discussion; motivation and engagement related to digital literacy; the use of multiple texts; and writing to learn.

This book presents ‘usable knowledge’ of the highest order and of immediate value to school leaders and teachers. It will be required reading for all educators concerned with promoting and furthering adolescent literacy today.” (From the publisher’s website)

Click here for more details from the Harvard Education Press website. We use this book for all of our teachers courses.

Disciplinary Literacy (Ch. 2 & 3)

Chapter 2 – Emily Philips Galloway, Joshua Fahey Lawrence, and Elizabeth Birr Moje

Research in Disciplinary Literacy: Challenges and Instructional Opportunities in Teaching Disciplinary Texts

Chapter 3 – Lisa Messina

Disciplinary Literacy in Practice: The Disciplinary Literacy Network as a Vehicle for Strengthening Instruction Across Content Areas Key Resources

Disciplinary Literacy Speech/PowerPoint from Elizabeth Moje – In this key note presentation at the at the National Reading Initiative Conference, Elizabeth Birr Moje makes the case for a disciplinary literacy that, rather than hewing to generic literacy strategies, focuses on the literacy skills required of practitioners in a content.

Disciplinary Literacy in Practice.pdf – These are copies of the resources that Lisa Messsina and her team used as described in chapter 3. Try them out yourself!

The Carnegie Content Area Literacy Survey – These surveys were designed to allow school and district leaders to take the pulse of their school literacy community and to design a strategic response to the calls for increased attention to literacy in the content areas.

Reading in the disciplines – The challenges of adolescent literacy – This report authored by Carol Lee and Anika Spratley lays out many of the important challenge that students face when reading secondary texts for content learning.

Vocabulary (Ch. 4 & 5)

Chapter 4 – Joshua Fahey Lawrence, Bridget Maher, and Catherine E. Snow

Research in Vocabulary: Word Power for Content-Area Learning

Chapter 5 – Christina L. Dobbs

Vocabulary in Practice: Creating Word-Curious Classrooms Key Resources

The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English is a great tool for finding user friendly definitions.

The Word Generation Program is freely available to any school, teacher or program that is interested in support student vocabulary developement across the content areas.

Word Nik is an extremely rich online dictionary that provides examples of the use of each target word, as well as related words, synonyms, antonyms, etc.

Word sift and Visuwords both provide a visually interesting way to explore related words and word families. Book Resources

Discussion (Ch. 6 & 7)

Chapter 6 – Catherine J. Michener and Evelyn Ford-Connors

Research in Discussion: Effective Support for Literacy, Content, and Academic Achievement

Chapter 7 – Abigail Erdmann and Margaret Metzger

Discussion in Practice:Sharing Our Learning Curve Key Resources

The Word Generation Website includes a nice review of some of the recent research related to improving student discussion with accountable talk and debate.

Project Zero’s Visible Thinking Routinesis a repository of deep structures that can guide student observation, thinking, writing, and discussion.

Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Shift 4: Text-Based Answers has compiled numerous resources to support CCSS work, including text-based discussions and text-dependent questions and answers.

Zwiers & Crawford. (2009). How to start academic conversations. This is a fantastic short article that demonstrates how some simple teacher moves can support student discussion.

While the School Reform Initiative’s protocols are mostly designed for use among adults in PLCs and CFGs, many of the protocols (especially text-based) are easily adapted for use in student discussions (our favorites include: text rendering, 4As, 3 levels of text, the block party, the chalk talk, the continuum dialogue, and more!) Book Resources

Chapter
Link
Page
Note
6http://www.serpinstitute.org/2013/9840

Multiple Texts (Ch. 10 & 11)

Chapter 10 – Cynthia Shanahan

Research in Multiple Texts and Text Support

Chapter 11 – Joanna Lieberman and Janet Looney

Multiple Texts in Practice: Fostering Accessibility, Engagement, and Comprehension Key Resources

Cynthia Shanahan’s classic article “Using multiple texts to teach content”

The National Writing Project and Laura Robb present: “Multiple Texts: Multiple Opportunities for Teaching and Learning”

The Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services [SCBOCES] compiles resources related to the CCSS Staircase of Complexity and using multiple texts.

Shanahan, Fisher, & Frey’s review of the challenges of teaching “Challenging Text”

AUSSIE and NYCDOE’s easy-to-understand “Beginner’s Guide to Text Complexity”

Janie Riddle Goodman’s primer: “Text Sets: Providing Possibilities for Adolescent Readers”

Websites We Use For Finding Texts

Book Resources

Writing-to-Learn (Ch. 12 & 13)

Chapter 12 – Vicki A. Jacobs

Research in Writing: The Rightful Place of Writing-to-Learn in Content Teaching

Chapter 13 – Carol Booth Olson and Catherine D’Aoust

Writing in Practice: Strategies for Use Across the Disciplines Key Resources

The National Writing Project provides research and professional development resources related to writing across all grade levels.

The New York Times provides lessons and prompts for addressing writing standards in the Common Core.

The National Council of Teachers of English shares “Beliefs About the Teaching of Writing”

Adlit.org remains one of our favorite websites for finding short,research-based articles related to writing and other literacy domains.

For a one-stop overview of writing across the curriculum, check out this excellent online resource: Bazerman et al. (2005) . Reference Guide to Writing Across the Curriculum Book Resources

CCSS & Professional Learning (Ch. 1, 14 & 15)

Chapter 1 – Jacy Ippolito and Joshua Fahey Lawrence

Bridging Content and Literacy Knowledge and Instruction: A Framework for Supporting Secondary Teachers and Students

Chapter 14 – Jacy Ippolito

Professional Learning as the Key to Linking Content and Literacy Instruction

Chapter 15 – Jacy Ippolito and Colleen Zaller

Meeting the Challenge of the Common Core State Standards Key Resources

Below are some of the websites we refer to most often when thinking about connecting our professional development and teaching to the Common Core State Standards:

Website
Link
America Achieveshttp://commoncore.americaachieves.org
Engage NYhttp://www.engageny.org/
EduCorehttp://educore.ascd.org
Sullivan County BOCEShttp://scboces.org/Page/659s
Web 2.0 Tools to Support the Common Corehttp://lib20.pbworks.com/w/page/51305443/workshop-commoncore
Edutopia: Understanding Common Corehttp://www.edutopia.org/common-core-state-standards-resources
LearnZillionhttp://learnzillion.com
Literacy Design Collaborativehttp://www.literacydesigncollaborative.org
Mathematics Design Collaborativehttp://www.mygroupgenius.org/mathematics
Student Achievement Partnershttp://www.achievethecore.org
The Teaching Channel (videos of teachers) http://www.teachingchannel.org
TNCore (Tennessee’s website)http://tncore.org

Book Resources The Continuum of Protocols suggests a possible sequence for introducing discussion-based protocols to educators.

Chapter
Link
Page
Note
1http://www.ets.org/Media/Education_Topics25
1http://ic.serpmedia.org/key_collective.html1113
14http://www.schoolreforminitiative.org/227
14http://www.nsrfharmony.org/227
14http://www.literacycoachingonline.org/tools.html227
14http://www.spellingcity.com/2166
14http://dynamo.dictionary.com/2166
14http://www.adlit.org/strategies/22369/2167
14http://carnegie.org/fileadmin/Media/Publications2179
14http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/archive/cors22013
14http://www.reading.org/downloads/resources22522
14http://www.literacycoachingonline.org/22523
14http://www.researchforaction.org/publication-listing/?id=2422524
14http://www.schoolreforminitiative.org/22831
14http://cals.serpmedia.org/22933
15http://scboces.org/Page/684239
15https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos239
15http://standards.dpi.wi.gov239
15http://emichwp.org/wp239
15http://www.nwp.org/239
15http://scboces.org/Page/688240
15http://www.adlit.org/strategy_library/240
15http://wg.serpmedia.org/240
15http://www.colorincolorado.org/240
15http://www.wida.us/240
15http://www.readingeducator.com/strategies240
15http://scboces.org/Page/686241
15http://www.pz.gse.harvard.edu/visible_thinking.php241
15http://www.schoolreforminitiative.org/241
15http://www.teachingliterature.org/teachingliterature241
15https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos241
15https://www.teachingchannel.org241
15https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos241
15http://www.newliteracies.uconn.edu/242
15http://www.digitalliteracy.gov/content/educator242
15http://www.schrockguide.net242
15http://youmediachicago.org/242
15http://techinliteracy.files.wordpress.com/242
15http://scboces.org/Page/685244
15http://www.learningpt.org/pdfs/literacy/shanahan.pdf244
15http://www.nwp.org/cs/public244
15http://www.reading.org/Libraries244
15http://www.ascd.org/Publications/newsletters244
15http://www.achievethecore.org244
15http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/doc245
15http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/category245
15http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements245
15http://wac.colostate.edu/books/bazerman_wac/245
15http://www.ohioliteracyalliance.org/fluency247
15http://www.adlit.org/article/c122/247
15http://www.timrasinski.com/?page=presentations247
15http://www.reading.org/247
15http://www.adlit.org/article/c128/247
15http://www.cori.umd.edu/research-publications247
15http://www.readingonline.org/articles247
15http://www.cal.org/topics/ell/preK12.html247
15http://www.cal.org/create/247
15http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/248
15http://centeroninstruction.org/248
15http://manoa.hawaii.edu/coe/crede/?p=79248
15http://www.wida.us/248
15http://www.ldonline.org/248
15http://www.adlit.org/248
15http://www.nagc.org/248
15http://www.nagc.org/CommonCoreStateStandards.aspx248
15http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/nrcgt/248
15http://www.engageny.org/sites2362
15http://newmexicocommoncore.org/pages/2374
15http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files24012
15http://www.shanahanonliteracy.com24317
15http://www.shanahanonliteracy.com24317
15http://www.ascd.org/publications24317
15http://www.reading.org/Libraries24318