Adolescent Literacy: Engaging Research & Teaching


ALERTs are information articles that provide practical ideas for grades 7 to 12 literacy instruction.

ALERT: Make Room for Thinking Metacognitively
This ALERT focusses on supporting students with explicit strategies to stimulate and monitor their learning with the goal of becoming more independent learners.
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ALERT: Make Room For Making Connections to Deepen Understanding
This ALERT focusses on supporting students with strategies to make strong connections during and after reading to deepen their understanding and lead to higher levels of engagement with text.
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Good for All Necessary for Some: How to Help Students Who Struggle with Writing
This ALERT focusses on meeting the needs of students who struggle with writing.
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Make Room for Building Background Knowledge  
Building and activating prior knowledge helps students to make sense of subject content regardless of its complexity or difficulty. This ALERT focuses on helping students to build and use background knowledge, which increases their chances of academic success.
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French - AUGMENTER LES CONNAISSANCES PRÉALABLES
 



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Make Room for Building Knowledge of Text Structures
Explicit instruction about text structures helps readers effectively navigate text and improve their comprehension and their understanding of how ideas are shaped for different purposes. This ALERT suggests a number of instructional strategies to support students in developing their awareness and understanding of text structure.
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Make Room for Developing Subject-Specific Vocabulary
Vocabulary is a major factor which influences comprehension. This ALERT suggests ways to explicit teach and guide vocabulary building so students can improve comprehension and develop more sophisticated writing.
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ALERT: Make Room For Engaging in Inquiry Learning
In this ALERT, the relationship between literacy and inquiry is explored. Explicit strategies are shared for supporting students to meet the literacy demands of inquiry.
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Make Room for Evaluating Perspectives and Biases
This ALERT focuses on critical literacy by suggesting how to help students to evaluate perspectives and biases in texts. Provided are ideas for supporting students to strengthen their skills to think more independently, analyse information for validity, credibility and reliability, and actively make decisions about what to do with the texts.
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French - ÉVALUER LES POINTS DE VUE ET LES PRÉJUGÉS
 




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ALERT: Make Room For Evaluating Sources of Information
This ALERT focusses on supporting students with explicit strategies for evaluating sources to determine whether they are credible, accurate, valid and useful.
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ALERT: Make Room for Inferring During Reading
This ALERT focusses on specific strategies that students can use to effectively ‘read between the lines’ and make meaning from implicit information in text.
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Make Room for Students to Pose and Pursue Questions
This ALERT focuses on promoting the use of purposeful learning conversations to support adolescent literacy needs.
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French - ENSEIGNER AUX ÉLÈVES À S’INTERROGER
 

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ALERT: Make Room for Supporting Student Collaboration
This ALERT includes a number of supports to structure collaborative working groups that can helps learners develop a range of literacy skills that they may not be able to develop and strengthen by working independently.
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Making Room for Talking to Learn
This ALERT focuses on enabling students to pose and pursue their own questions, which helps them to become self-directed, reflective learners.
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French - LA DISCUSSION COMME MOYEN D’APPRENTISSAGE
 


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Necessary for Some: How to Help Students Who Struggle with Reading
This ALERT focuses on meeting the needs of students who are struggling with reading.
Letter 8.5X11
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French - COMMENT AIDER LES ÉLÈVES QUI ONT DE LA  DIFFICULTÉ EN LECTURE
 

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