“Adolescent Literacy in the Era of the Common Core provides school leaders, teachers, and others with strategies and best practices for advancing adolescent literacy in the classroom.

Exceptionally clear and accessible, the book addresses a full range of topics in this vitally important field, including disciplinary literacy; vocabulary instruction; classroom discussion; motivation and engagement related to digital literacy; the use of multiple texts; and writing to learn.

This book presents ‘usable knowledge’ of the highest order and of immediate value to school leaders and teachers. It will be required reading for all educators concerned with promoting and furthering adolescent literacy today.” (From the publisher’s website)

Click here for more details from the Harvard Education Press website.

Disciplinary Literacy (Ch. 2 & 3)

Chapter 2 – Emily Philips Galloway, Joshua Fahey Lawrence, and Elizabeth Birr Moje

Research in Disciplinary Literacy: Challenges and Instructional Opportunities in Teaching Disciplinary Texts

Chapter 3 – Lisa Messina

Disciplinary Literacy in Practice: The Disciplinary Literacy Network as a Vehicle for Strengthening Instruction Across Content Areas Key Resources

Disciplinary Literacy Speech/PowerPoint from Elizabeth Moje – In this key note presentation at the at the National Reading Initiative Conference, Elizabeth Birr Moje makes the case for a disciplinary literacy that, rather than hewing to generic literacy strategies, focuses on the literacy skills required of practitioners in a content.

Disciplinary Literacy in Practice.pdf – These are copies of the resources that Lisa Messsina and her team used as described in chapter 3. Try them out yourself!

The Carnegie Content Area Literacy Survey – These surveys were designed to allow school and district leaders to take the pulse of their school literacy community and to design a strategic response to the calls for increased attention to literacy in the content areas.

Reading in the disciplines – The challenges of adolescent literacy – This report authored by Carol Lee and Anika Spratley lays out many of the important challenge that students face when reading secondary texts for content learning.

Vocabulary (Ch. 4 & 5)

Chapter 4 – Joshua Fahey Lawrence, Bridget Maher, and Catherine E. Snow

Research in Vocabulary: Word Power for Content-Area Learning

Chapter 5 – Christina L. Dobbs

Vocabulary in Practice: Creating Word-Curious Classrooms Key Resources

The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English is a great tool for finding user friendly definitions.

The Word Generation Program is freely available to any school, teacher or program that is interested in support student vocabulary developement across the content areas.

Word Nik is an extremely rich online dictionary that provides examples of the use of each target word, as well as related words, synonyms, antonyms, etc.

Word sift and Visuwords both provide a visually interesting way to explore related words and word families. Book Resources

Discussion (Ch. 6 & 7)

Chapter 6 – Catherine J. Michener and Evelyn Ford-Connors

Research in Discussion: Effective Support for Literacy, Content, and Academic Achievement

Chapter 7 – Abigail Erdmann and Margaret Metzger

Discussion in Practice:Sharing Our Learning Curve Key Resources

The Word Generation Website includes a nice review of some of the recent research related to improving student discussion with accountable talk and debate.

Project Zero’s Visible Thinking Routinesis a repository of deep structures that can guide student observation, thinking, writing, and discussion.

Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Shift 4: Text-Based Answers has compiled numerous resources to support CCSS work, including text-based discussions and text-dependent questions and answers.

Zwiers & Crawford. (2009). How to start academic conversations. This is a fantastic short article that demonstrates how some simple teacher moves can support student discussion.

While the School Reform Initiative’s protocols are mostly designed for use among adults in PLCs and CFGs, many of the protocols (especially text-based) are easily adapted for use in student discussions (our favorites include: text rendering, 4As, 3 levels of text, the block party, the chalk talk, the continuum dialogue, and more!) Book Resources

Chapter Link Page Note
6 http://www.serpinstitute.org/2013/ 98 40

Digital Literacy (Ch. 8 & 9)

Multiple Texts (Ch. 10 & 11)

Chapter 10 – Cynthia Shanahan

Research in Multiple Texts and Text Support

Chapter 11 – Joanna Lieberman and Janet Looney

Multiple Texts in Practice: Fostering Accessibility, Engagement, and Comprehension Key Resources

Cynthia Shanahan’s classic article “Using multiple texts to teach content”

The National Writing Project and Laura Robb present: “Multiple Texts: Multiple Opportunities for Teaching and Learning”

The Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services [SCBOCES] compiles resources related to the CCSS Staircase of Complexity and using multiple texts.

Shanahan, Fisher, & Frey’s review of the challenges of teaching “Challenging Text”

AUSSIE and NYCDOE’s easy-to-understand “Beginner’s Guide to Text Complexity”

Janie Riddle Goodman’s primer: “Text Sets: Providing Possibilities for Adolescent Readers”

Websites We Use For Finding Texts

Book Resources

Writing-to-Learn (Ch. 12 & 13)

Chapter 12 – Vicki A. Jacobs

Research in Writing: The Rightful Place of Writing-to-Learn in Content Teaching

Chapter 13 – Carol Booth Olson and Catherine D’Aoust

Writing in Practice: Strategies for Use Across the Disciplines Key Resources

The National Writing Project provides research and professional development resources related to writing across all grade levels.

The New York Times provides lessons and prompts for addressing writing standards in the Common Core.

The National Council of Teachers of English shares “Beliefs About the Teaching of Writing”

Adlit.org remains one of our favorite websites for finding short,research-based articles related to writing and other literacy domains.

For a one-stop overview of writing across the curriculum, check out this excellent online resource: Bazerman et al. (2005) . Reference Guide to Writing Across the Curriculum Book Resources

CCSS & Professional Learning (Ch. 1, 14 & 15)

Chapter 1 – Jacy Ippolito and Joshua Fahey Lawrence

Bridging Content and Literacy Knowledge and Instruction: A Framework for Supporting Secondary Teachers and Students

Chapter 14 – Jacy Ippolito

Professional Learning as the Key to Linking Content and Literacy Instruction

Chapter 15 – Jacy Ippolito and Colleen Zaller

Meeting the Challenge of the Common Core State Standards Key Resources

Below are some of the websites we refer to most often when thinking about connecting our professional development and teaching to the Common Core State Standards:

Website Link
America Achieves http://commoncore.americaachieves.org
Engage NY http://www.engageny.org/
EduCore http://educore.ascd.org
Sullivan County BOCES http://scboces.org/Page/659s
Web 2.0 Tools to Support the Common Core http://lib20.pbworks.com/w/page/51305443/workshop-commoncore
Edutopia: Understanding Common Core http://www.edutopia.org/common-core-state-standards-resources
LearnZillion http://learnzillion.com
Literacy Design Collaborative http://www.literacydesigncollaborative.org
Mathematics Design Collaborative http://www.mygroupgenius.org/mathematics
Student Achievement Partners http://www.achievethecore.org
The Teaching Channel (videos of teachers) http://www.teachingchannel.org
TNCore (Tennessee’s website) http://tncore.org
Book Resources The Continuum of Protocols suggests a possible sequence for introducing discussion-based protocols to educators.
Chapter Link Page Note
1 http://www.ets.org/Media/Education_Topics 2 5
1 http://ic.serpmedia.org/key_collective.html 11 13
14 http://www.schoolreforminitiative.org/ 227
14 http://www.nsrfharmony.org/ 227
14 http://www.literacycoachingonline.org/tools.html 227
14 http://www.spellingcity.com/ 216 6
14 http://dynamo.dictionary.com/ 216 6
14 http://www.adlit.org/strategies/22369/ 216 7
14 http://carnegie.org/fileadmin/Media/Publications 217 9
14 http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/archive/cors 220 13
14 http://www.reading.org/downloads/resources 225 22
14 http://www.literacycoachingonline.org/ 225 23
14 http://www.researchforaction.org/publication-listing/?id=24 225 24
14 http://www.schoolreforminitiative.org/ 228 31
14 http://cals.serpmedia.org/ 229 33
15 http://scboces.org/Page/684 239
15 https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos 239
15 http://standards.dpi.wi.gov 239
15 http://emichwp.org/wp 239
15 http://www.nwp.org/ 239
15 http://scboces.org/Page/688 240
15 http://www.adlit.org/strategy_library/ 240
15 http://wg.serpmedia.org/ 240
15 http://www.colorincolorado.org/ 240
15 http://www.wida.us/ 240
15 http://www.readingeducator.com/strategies 240
15 http://scboces.org/Page/686 241
15 http://www.pz.gse.harvard.edu/visible_thinking.php 241
15 http://www.schoolreforminitiative.org/ 241
15 http://www.teachingliterature.org/teachingliterature 241
15 https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos 241
15 https://www.teachingchannel.org 241
15 https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos 241
15 http://www.newliteracies.uconn.edu/ 242
15 http://www.digitalliteracy.gov/content/educator 242
15 http://www.schrockguide.net 242
15 http://youmediachicago.org/ 242
15 http://techinliteracy.files.wordpress.com/ 242
15 http://scboces.org/Page/685 244
15 http://www.learningpt.org/pdfs/literacy/shanahan.pdf 244
15 http://www.nwp.org/cs/public 244
15 http://www.reading.org/Libraries 244
15 http://www.ascd.org/Publications/newsletters 244
15 http://www.achievethecore.org 244
15 http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/doc 245
15 http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/category 245
15 http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements 245
15 http://wac.colostate.edu/books/bazerman_wac/ 245
15 http://www.ohioliteracyalliance.org/fluency 247
15 http://www.adlit.org/article/c122/ 247
15 http://www.timrasinski.com/?page=presentations 247
15 http://www.reading.org/ 247
15 http://www.adlit.org/article/c128/ 247
15 http://www.cori.umd.edu/research-publications 247
15 http://www.readingonline.org/articles 247
15 http://www.cal.org/topics/ell/preK12.html 247
15 http://www.cal.org/create/ 247
15 http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/ 248
15 http://centeroninstruction.org/ 248
15 http://manoa.hawaii.edu/coe/crede/?p=79 248
15 http://www.wida.us/ 248
15 http://www.ldonline.org/ 248
15 http://www.adlit.org/ 248
15 http://www.nagc.org/ 248
15 http://www.nagc.org/CommonCoreStateStandards.aspx 248
15 http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/nrcgt/ 248
15 http://www.engageny.org/sites 236 2
15 http://newmexicocommoncore.org/pages/ 237 4
15 http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files 240 12
15 http://www.shanahanonliteracy.com 243 17
15 http://www.shanahanonliteracy.com 243 17
15 http://www.ascd.org/publications 243 17
15 http://www.reading.org/Libraries 243 18