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Combating the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy: Exploring literacy in the Secondary Classroom

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Transcript of Combating the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy: Exploring literacy in the Secondary Classroom

Combating the Crisis in
Adolescent Literacy: Exploring
Literacy in the Secondary
Classroom

design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
Literacy
Literacy no longer refers to the ability to read.
Multiple modes of literacy includes: fluency, comprehension and analysis of complex texts, and effective social and electronic communication
The Literacy Gap
To shorten the literacy gap the key is early detection of learning disabilities.
Recent studies have shown that many student (especially those with learning disabilities) remain below basic on literacy skills.
There is an alarming number of secondary students who lack literacy skills.
These students need not just develop the ability to read but also to comprehend difficult texts and to communicate socially and in a meaningful way.
These literacy skills are essential for students to be competitive in this global workforce.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
The CCSS is a new way to bring literacy into all content areas.
All educators at every level should share the responsibility of literacy achievement.
They look to be flexible, rigorous, and research based.
Encourage questioning, critical thinking, and evidence-driven of ALL students.
Building Content Area Literacy
To comprehend the complex content texts, secondary students need to achieve basic literacy.
Without these basic skills the students are unable to master the content in a subject area.
The push for basic academic mastery mandated by NCLB has forced secondary teacher to set aside literacy learning.
Conclusion
Below average literacy in secondary classrooms is becoming higher.
There are many ways to close this gap.
The Common Core States Standards
Rereading
Peer Pairing
New Technology
And so much more!
Building Fluency
Reading fluency is one aspect of literacy that focuses on the meaning and context of language.
An area of need for secondary students.
Fluency can be improved when the student is assigned a few passages to read multiple times over a period of time.
Peer pairing is another way to increase fluency.
The students are paired and read assigned readings.
Different reading activities are done with these partners as well.
The Role of Technology
The new technology that is coming out could help student's with their literacy.
E-books now offer a read-aloud.
There are audio, video, computer software, or digital texts.
Wendt, J. L. (2013). Combating the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy: Exploring Literacy in the Secondary Classroom . American Secondary Education , 38-48.
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