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What Can Literacy Leaders Do to Improve Student Engagement With Reading and Writing?


Meeting the Challenge of Adolescent Literacy

Judith Irvin, Julie Meltzer, Martha Jan Mickler, Melvina Phillips, and Nancy Dean

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This chapter addresses some of the reasons that students are reluctant to engage in reading and writing and suggests some ways to address those reasons. Readers will learn how designing assignments and examining student work will help them create a classroom environment and instructional practices that engage students with meaningful and purposeful literacy tasks. The three criteria for reading and writing assignments are deepening the understanding of content; improving students' reading, writing, and critical thinking skills; and tapping into the literacy and learning needs of adolescents.

Irvin, J.L., Meltzer, J., Mickler, M., Phillips, M., & Dean, N. (2009). What Can Literacy Leaders Do to Improve Student Engagement With Reading and Writing?. In Meeting the Challenge of Adolescent Literacy (pp. 13-25). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Meeting the Challenge of Adolescent Literacy

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