Sturtevant, E., Boyd, F., Brozo, W., Hinchman, K., Mooore, D., Alverman, D. (2006). Principled practices for adolescent literacy: A framework for instruction and policy. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Author: Sturtevant, E., Boyd, F., Brozo, W., Hinchman, K., Mooore, D., Alverman, D.


This book provides an excellent overview of state-of-the-art views of adolescent literacy and research by leaders in this field. It also contrasts with other views of adolescent literacy that may suggest more of a remedial or deficit model. After two introductory chapters, the book devotes a chapter to each of the eight principled practices that are important for schools to implement in order to enhance and improve adolescents' literacy learning. Each chapter contains an example of the principle in practice in a school and commentary about the vignette by an adolescent literacy expert. At the end of each chapter, too, are questions that can be used for discussion. The reading is a bit dry done by ones self, but the chapters are short. The book can be very effective if used in a study group where discussion of each principle is possible after doing the reading. It would be useful for discussing and creating a district's or school's vision around adolescent literacy. The final chapter of this book contains a section on literacy/instructional coaches as a promising mechanism for improving adolescent literacy in school settings.

Date Added: 10/01/2006


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