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This paper discusses how many middle school students today continue to experience problems in achieving the required levels of literacy due in large part to difficulties comprehending the material in social studies text because they do not possess the requisite skills such as background reading or the motivation to understand what they are reading. This paper provides an overview of the issues involved and the extent of the problem, as well as some useful teaching strategies that can be used to help these students develop good reading skills in the content area. A summary of the research and salient findings is provided in the conclusion.
Review and Discussion
Review and Discussion
From the Paper:"The growing body of research into adolescent literacy has examined a wide range of potentially contributing factors including multiple literacies; personal identity issues; the influence of race, gender, and ethnicity; teaching and learning beliefs and practices; and the roles of text and context (Conley & Hinchman 42). In spite of this body of knowledge, there remains a dearth of timely studies concerning what can be done to improve the literacy rate among adolescent students today. As a result, the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) (2006) emphasizes that, "Without a focus on literacy instruction at the secondary school level, many students are left to drift, often faking their way through high school reading assignments" (Jobs for the 21st Century 2). "
Sample of Sources Used:
- AEE Fact Sheet. (2007). Alliance for Excellent Education. [Online]. Available: http://www. all4ed.org/publications/ReadingNext/AdolescentLiteracyFactSheet.pdf.
- Conley, Mark W. and Kathleen A. Hinchman. (2004). "No Child Left Behind: What It Means for U.S. Adolescents and What We Can Do about It The No Child Left Behind Act Promises All Students a Better Chance to Learn, but Does That Promise Include Adolescents?" Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 48(1):42.
- Jobs for the 21st Century. (2006). Alliance for Excellent Education. [Online]. Available: http://www.all4ed.org/publications/Adolescent%20Literacy%20Policy%20Update.pdf.
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