Adolescent Literacy: Strategies for Content Comprehension in Inclusive Classrooms

Volume Editors: Richard T. Boon Ph.D., Vicky Spencer Ph.D., Sharon Vaughn; Foreword Author: Donald Deshler

Format: Paperback, 200 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598572209
Price: $34.95

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For adolescents with reading disabilities, struggles with comprehension are a major obstacle to mastering academic content areas. Help resolve comprehension difficulties with this practical text, developed for use with students in Grades 6–12 with and without disabilities.

An ideal supplementary text for preservice special and general educators—and a great resource for inservice teachers looking for new comprehension strategies—this book is the key to understanding what's behind comprehension struggles and which strategies make a real difference for adolescent readers. Teachers will discover how to improve students' reading comprehension across content areas with specific, evidence-based strategies such as

  • mnemonics that help students remember and retrieve important information
  • graphic organizers that highlight key information and clarify abstract concepts
  • peer-mediated strategies that provide more opportunities for direct instruction and repeated practice
  • motivational and self-efficacy strategies that encourage deep, focused, and engaged reading
  • The Embedded Story Structure Routine, which teaches self-questioning, story structure analysis, and summary writing
  • Collaborative Strategic Reading in student-led cooperative learning groups
  • technology-based applications such as adapted digital texts, open-source textbooks, educational software, and virtual field trips
  • multicomponent interventions such as reciprocal teaching and the SQ3R approach

To help teachers implement these highly effective comprehension strategies across a wide range of content areas, they'll get complete overviews of each strategy and how-to guidance based on recommended practice. They'll also get charts, graphic organizers, mnemonic strategies, and sample lesson plans they can use in their own classrooms.

With the proven, research-based strategies in this textbook, educators will be fully prepared to improve adolescents' comprehension skills and ensure that all students are confident, motivated readers.


Review by: Martha Hougen, The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin
“Provides a clear link between research and classroom instruction, supporting teachers in their efforts to meet the diverse needs of their students.”
Review by: Douglas Fisher, San Diego State University
“If implemented, the ideas in this book will ensure that all students, and especially students who have historically challenged the educational system, will learn to read, write, and think in complex ways.”

Table of Contents

About the Editors

About the Contributors

Foreword: Donald D. Deshler


  1. Understanding Reading Comprehension: Challenges for Older Students with Reading Disabilities
  2. Lindsay J. Flynn and H. Lee Swanson

  3. Promoting Comprehension and Motivation to Read in the Middle School Social Studies Classroom: Examples from a Research-Based Curriculum
  4. Ana Taboada Barber, Leila Richey, and Michelle M. Buehl

  5. Disciplinary Literacy
  6. Suzanne M. Robinson

  7. Using the Embedded Story Structure Routine: Disciplinary Literacy Instruction that Meets the Needs of All Adolescent Learners
  8. Michael N. Faggella-Luby, Sally Valentino Drew, and Yan Wei

  9. Using Graphic Organizers in Secondary, Inclusive ContentClasses
  10. Colleen Klein Reutebuch, Stephen Ciullo, and Sharon Vaughn

  11. Supporting Struggling Readers in High School: A Peer-Mediated Approach
  12. Jessica R. Toste, Douglas Fuchs, and Lynn S. Fuchs

  13. Using Mnemonics in Content Areas
  14. Margaret E. King-Sears and Nancy Johnson Emanuel

  15. Using Collaborative Strategic Reading to Improve Comprehension
  16. Alison G. Boardman, Karla Scornavacco, and Janette K. Klingner

  17. Using Self-Questioning, Summarizing, and Self-Monitoring to Increase Reading Comprehension
  18. Sheila R. Alber-Morgan and Laurice M. Joseph

  19. Multicomponent Interventions for Improving Content Learning
  20. Asha K. Jitendra and Meenakshi Gajria

  21. Integrating Technology in Content-Area Classrooms to Support Reading Comprehension
  22. Joseph John Morgan, Randall Boone, and Kyle Higgins


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