About This Module

The Adolescent Literacy Guide (ALG) is intended to support professional learning about adolescent literacy. The ALG recognizes that there is no single lesson, strategy, program or course that meets all educators’ needs when supporting adolescent literacy development. Supporting adolescents in acquiring literacy requires on-going work by educators in all subjects and all grades.

This Professional Learning Module, developed by Adolescent Literacy Learning, is designed for professional learning facilitators who support the professional learning of other educators, to learn about the Adolescent Literacy Guide and supporting resources.

This interactive professional learning module is comprised of two parts. Part One provides an overview of the Adolescent Literacy Guide (ALG), and Part Two affords an opportunity to go deeper with learning about adolescent development and literacy. Throughout both part one and part two, learners are given choices in their learning in which to explore the areas of their needs/interest.

Each part features professional learning with invitations for participants to think, express, and reflect on their learning, both individually and with others. Video clips and links to many professional learning resources are embedded in both parts. Additional resources, sorted by topic, can be found on EduGAINS. A notes page and discussion board are provided for participants to capture and share their thoughts.The learning throughout this module is structured around the use of learning and sharing protocols. These protocols, many of which can be found in the ALG Facilitator’s Guide, can be used by participants with other educators and with students.

Expected time to complete:
Part One - The Overview: 30 minutes.
Part Two - Going Deeper 60-90 minutes.

Features of the Module

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This icon indicates that the learning is structured using a protocol or facilitation strategy. A description of the full protocol is available for download.

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Successful Literacy Approach for Adolescents

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  1. Reflect on the elements of a successful literacy approach for adolescents. Complete the first row of the graphic organizer as you organize your thoughts. (download below)
  2. Review the
  3. Compare your responses about a successful adolescent literacy approach to the vision outlined.
  4. Complete the second line of the Successful Literacy Approach for Adolescents graphic organizer

Notes

Read the and

Reflect on the following questions:

  • What resonates with you because it is what you already know and believe?
  • What you would like to know/learn more about?
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Complete the final two rows of the Successful Literacy Approach for Adolescents Graphic Organizer.

Review your observations. Highlight the most important elements in each column.

Discussion

Share your ‘most important element’ from the graphic organizer:

  • In a discussion forum (if you are working through this individually)
  • With another person (if you are working through this module with others)

Where I’m At

Please respond to each of the following statements.

When supporting adolescent learning and teaching:

Beginning
my learning
Feeling quite comfortable
about my learning

Beginning
my learning
Feeling quite comfortable
about my learning

Beginning
my learning
Feeling quite comfortable
about my learning

Beginning
my learning
Feeling quite comfortable
about my learning

Beginning
my learning
Feeling quite comfortable
about my learning

Consider where you have indicated you are with regard to these statements, and look for opportunities in this professional learning module to affirm or address your comfort level with each.

Learning Goals

We are learning to:

  • explain the connections between adolescent development and literacy learning needs in adolescence so that we can understand the implications for teaching adolescent learners;
  • recognize how the ALG can support our work to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our students.

Introduction to Adolescent Development

View these videos:

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Notes

“These students teach us…”

Protocol

Read the section from the ALG.

Use the to capture your thinking

  • What is significant in the text?
  • What connections do you make with the text?
  • What are the questions you have after reading about adolescent development?

Consider:

  1. How did the use of the SCQ protocol help you to go deeper with your thinking?
  2. How might you use this protocol in your own work?

Notes

Think Express Reflect

Consider how the would look in different disciplines.

Use the CPQ protocol to probe more deeply into the Think Express Reflect Vision of Literacy for the Adolescent Learner in the ALG.

Connections-Points-Questions (CPQ) Protocol:

  1. What connections do you make with the text?
  2. What are the most important points in the text?
  3. What are the questions you have after reading the text?

Using Protocols:

Consider:

  1. How did the use of the CPQ protocol help you to go deeper with your thinking?
  2. How might you use this protocol in your own work?

Components of Adolescent Literacy

Protocol

Take some time to read through and review the.

For each component, use the protocol to capture your thinking

  • What do you know about the component?
  • What questions or puzzles do you have about the component?
  • How might you explore the questions you have?

Notes

Share your thinking from the activity above. Record your ideas for future reference and/or report.

How to Use this Guide

Explore the to see the context in which the ALG can be used and with whom.

Photograph of a student creating a piece of writing using a graphic organizer as a reference.

Notes

Which of these audiences might connect with the work that you do?

How might you use this section of the ALG to guide your next steps?

Example of a Professional Learning Team

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Notes

How does the ALG support this CI team?

How can the ALG support your professional learning team?

Notes

Refer to the where the Student Indicators and Teacher Practices are listed for all components.

Reflect on the following questions:

  • What does it look like, sound like, and feel like when applying these components in the work we do to support the adolescent learner?
  • What supports are needed to put these into place? (consider as a facilitator and as a teacher)

Appendices

Notes

How might the Appendices support and extend your work with adolescent literacy?

Considering your self assessment you completed at the beginning, reflect on what you have learned in this module.

  • How has your understanding about supporting adolescent learning and teaching developed?
  • What are your next steps?

Resources

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Stop!

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Part II: Going Deeper

Explore Part II of this professional learning module.