Adolescent Literacy initially appeared as a special issue of the Harvard Educational Review. It explores key issues and debates in the adolescent literacy crisis, the popular use of cognitive strategies, and disciplinary and content-area literacy. Also examined are alternative forms of literacy, afterschool interventions, new instruction models for African American males, and the experiences of educators.
This essential book brings fresh attention to enduring topics and themes in adolescent literacy development, expanding our understanding of the importance of content-area literacy and how disciplinary ways of thinking connect to student motivation, language, race, and identity. It offers a multidimensional introduction to important issues related to improvement of literacy instruction at the school and district level. — Joshua F. Lawrence, assistant professor, University of California, Irvine
This compelling book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date view of adolescent literacy for multiple audiences: teachers, administrators and curriculum leaders, teacher educators, and researchers. It raises awareness of the importance of literacy as a foundation for learning in all content areas and as a means of ensuring that all high school graduates are college- and career-ready. It elaborates on the complex nature of adolescent literacy, which requires students to read challenging texts, to reflect with others on their meaning, and to engage in high-level reading, writing, and thinking. Adolescent Literacy provides both a solid theoretical framework of adolescent literacy and practical ideas for developing and implementing literacy programs for adolescent learners. — Rita M. Bean, professor emerita, University of Pittsburgh
The Harvard Educational Review special issue on adolescent literacy remains one of the most comprehensive treatments of the topic, and its publication as a book is a most welcome development. It offers a wide range of perspectives on a topic central to preparing young people for career, education, and citizenship in the 21st century. Part of what makes the volume so genuinely comprehensive and special is its inclusion of topics like writing and adolescent literacy in out-of-school contexts, as well as the more traditional topics of disciplinary literacy and cognitive strategies. Adolescent Literacy is an invaluable contribution to a crucially important field. — Gina Biancarosa, assistant professor, University of Oregon