To assist secondary teachers as they support and encourage their adolescent readers, the AARI has assembled a list of links and resources. This list will be updated throughout the four-year initiative. Please note AARI does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.
Part One: Improving academic literacy instruction for students in grades 4-12. Part Two: Advice from experts about improving academic literacy instruction for adolescents. Part Three: Examples of state activities in support of improved adolescent literacy instruction.
Improving adolescent literacy: Effective classroom and intervention practices: A Practice Guide: Developed by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (U.S. Department of Education), this guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and assist struggling readers who may need intensive and individualized attention.
Canadian Literacy and Learning Network: Canadian Literacy and Learning Network is the national hub for research, information and knowledge exchange, increasing literacies and essential skills across Canada. CLLN, a non-profit charitable organization, represents literacy coalitions, organizations and individuals in every province and territory in Canada. This website provides links to reports and information on literacy, with a focus on adult literacy.
ABC Life Literacy Canada: ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. This website provides links to information on literacy with a focus on adult literacy, family literacy, workplace literacy, and financial literacy.
What Works Clearinghouse – Institute of Educational Sciences: As an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was created in 2002 to be a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education. This website contains information on a variety of educational practices, including adolescent literacy.
Educational Resources Information Center: ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center - is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.
ILA (International Literacy Association): ILA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 70,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Membership is required for access to certain information on this website.
NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English): An American Professional Association of Educators in English Studies, Literacy, and Language Arts. It provides information targeted for elementary, middle, and secondary school, as well as college. It also provides links to resources, professional development, and constituent groups.
ReadWriteThink: ReadWriteThink is produced by the International Reading Association and provides links for classroom resources, professional development, and parent & afterschool resources. Teachers can explore resources by grade on this site.
AdLit – All About Adolescent Literacy: This website provides resources for parents and educators of children in grades 4-12. It includes research and reports, classroom strategies, and professional development sections. It also contains video/ multimedia and webcasts.
Florida Center for Reading Research: This site provides links to publications, lists ongoing research projects, and provides links for instructional materials for teachers up to grade 5.
Think Literacy – Ontario Ministry of Education: This site is governed by the Ontario Ministry of Education and provides links for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. It includes publications, a list of ‘popular topics,’ and a variety of links to various topics and information relevant to literacy.