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Apprenticing Urban Youth to Science Literacy

In Bridging the Literacy Achievement Gap, a volume funded by the Carnegie Foundation to raise attention to persistent race-based, literacy learning gaps and report on promising practices, the chapter by Strategic Literacy Initiative authors Greenleaf, Brown, and Litman documents science literacy in an Oakland chemistry class. This exploration of how support for subject area literacy accelerates subject area learning is cited by one reviewer as “particularly rich and thoughtful.”

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Cynthia Greenleaf, Willard Brown, Cindy Litman
Bridging the Literacy Achievement Gap, Grades 4–12, edited by D.S. Strickland, D. Alvermann
$26.95, 304 pages, Teachers College Press, 2004

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“Reading is part and parcel of science inquiry. I want to pass on to my students the joy of figuring things out through science inquiry and through reading science.”
—Introduction to Chemistry teacher Will Brown

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