Whether for use with Unit 1 of the Reading Apprenticeship Academic Literacy Course or on its own, this themed anthology for middle and high school students invites them to explore topics related to literacy and its relevance to their lives and their futures. Featuring lively and inspiring essays, journalism, poetry, expository writing, and personal narratives, the volume contains selections at varied levels of reading difficulty and offers diverse cultural and historical perspectives. This anthology appeals to disengaged readers whether they are struggling or advanced and can serve as an invaluable resource in any English language arts classroom, grades 6-12.
Lessons from Reading Apprenticeship Classrooms, Grades 6–12
Filled with instructional tips, lesson plans, and curricular resources, this book provides guidance for conducting Academic Literacy courses built around the Reading Apprenticeship framework. It also describes how to make use of readings from a companion student book, Building Academic Literacy: An Anthology for Reading Apprenticeship, and features case examples from five middle school and high school teachers who have successfully applied the Reading Apprenticeship instructional framework in diverse urban classrooms.
This book is a valuable resource for any subject-area teacher, grades 6-12, looking for classroom-based ideas to motivate adolescents in becoming more engaged, strategic, and competent readers.
The Reading Apprenticeship Approach
Arguing that teacher education programs need to foster a broader understanding of adolescent literacy, especially if teachers are to help their students read in discipline-specific ways, the authors show how Reading Apprenticeship can strengthen content-based instruction, how elements of the model can be embedded in teacher preparation curricula, and what types of course activities enable new teachers to understand and practice this approach.
The Reading Apprenticeship framework has received national recognition as an effective, research-based instructional approach that supports all students in successfully engaging with and learning from academic texts. Emphasizing social, personal, cognitive, and knowledge-building tools, the Reading Apprenticeship approach can be useful to teachers in any content area classroom.
Leading for Literacy provides clear, on-the-ground guidance, tools, and examples for improving student reading across secondary schools and colleges.
This companion to the landmark Reading for Understanding guides teacher leaders, coaches, and administrators through the nuts and bolts of implementing the Reading Apprenticeship Framework.
Reading Apprenticeship practitioners across the country address how to:
- Generate authentic buy-in from teachers and administrators
- Create Reading Apprenticeship communities of practice that sustain an institutional focus on a student-centered culture of literacy
- Use formative assessment to promote teacher and student growth
- Roll out systemwide plans for implementation
- Use the Reading Apprenticeship Framework to turn reform overload into reform coherence
Subject-area teachers learn how to share their implicit expertise as readers in their particular disciplines and how to engage their students in the productive struggle of understanding complex subject area text.
Teacher professional development using the book’s Reading Apprenticeship framework resulted in student gains in content knowledge, reading comprehension, and learning behaviors and attitudes as measured by three large-scale, federally funded, randomized controlled studies—the “gold standard” of education research.