Research-Based Principles of Effective Literacy Instruction for Adolescents
Jigsaw Activity Readings

A. Listen to the webcast for Making Room for Adolescent Literacy (it's about 10 minutes long). An expert panel discusses what research says about good practice and how building-level leaders and classroom teachers can support struggling readers and writers.
B. Read Alvermann, D. E. (2005). Literacy on the edge: How close are we to closing the literacy achievement gap? Voices in the Middle, 13(1), 8-14. This common reading provides interesting insights into

2. Select your assigned reading from the list below. Download the document and skim it carefully to get the gist of the report's main ideas. Be prepared to share the following with your "staff" in small groups back in class:
  • Author, Publisher, & Date
  • Purpose: A one-sentence summary of the report's purpose
  • Rationale: Two data points indicating the need for more effective adolescent literacy instruction
  • Key Principles: 8-15 keywords or SHORT phrases that highlight critical aspects of effective literacy instruction
  • Visual Map: A visual representation of those 8-15 key principles to help others quickly grasp the main ideas of the report

Download this two page file to complete these key ideas for your jigsaw report - please make a copy of your completed visual for each group member (approx. 8 copies - 1 for me)

Please read the article next to the number you were assigned. Be prepared to share your key ideas with your group members about 5 minute segments during the next class

If you were absent, to get credit for your part of the "reporting out," please share at least two things that surprised you and your other reactions or interpretations of recommended practices shared by others in your group.
After class assignments: Ben (4), Austin (5), and Dan ( )

  1. Jenkins, H. (2008). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education in the 21st Century. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

  2. Biancarosa, G. & Snow, C. (2004). Reading Next: A Vision for Action and Research in Middle and High School Literacy, commissioned by the Carnegie Corporation of New York (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2004, Biancarosa & Snow)

  3. Greenleaf, C. & Heller, R. (2007). Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas: Getting to the Core of Middle and High School Improvement. Commissioned by the Carnegie Corporation and published by The Alliance for Excellent Education.

  4. Short, D. & Fitzsimmons, S. (2007). Double the Work: Challenges and Solutions to Acquiring Language and Academic Literacy for Adolescent English Language Learners. Alliance for Excellent Education and Carnegie Corporation.

  5. Kamil, M., Borman, G., Dole, J., Kral, K., Salinger, T, & Torgeson, J. (2008). Improving Adolescent Literacy. Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices. Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

  1. Jenkins, H. (2008). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education in the 21st Century. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  2. Alvermann, D. (2001). Effective Literacy Instruction for Struggling Adolescent Readers. Published by the National Reading Conference.
  3. Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2006). Results that Matter: 21st Century Skills and High School Reform.

Other Adolescent Literacy Reports of interest: