Improving Adolescent Literacy

Content Area Strategies at Work, by D. Fisher & N. Frey

Professional Book Project by Jenna Brooks, READ 6418 student at East Carolina University

This resource was designed by a teacher to be used along with Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey's book, Improving Adolescent Literacy: Content Area Strategies at Work.

Fisher, D., & Frey, N. (2012). Improving adolescent literacy: Content area strategies at work.Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.

Meet the Authors: Douglas Fisher & Nancy Frey

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D.

Dr. Douglas Fisher is a researcher interested in the improvement of schools and the overall quality of instruction. He is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, a teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College, a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame, and the recipient of several esteemed awards. Dr. Fisher has published several books and is a board member of the International Reading Association.

Nancy Frey, Ph.D.

Dr. Nancy Frey enjoys teaching a variety of school improvement and literacy leadership course where she learns from teachers and students daily. She is a Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, a recipient of the Christa Mc Auliffe award, and a co-author of many books on literacy. Dr. Frey was awarded the Early Career Achievement Award in 2008.

About the Text

Improving Adolescent Literacy: Content Area Strategies at Work

This book is designed to helps teachers assist their students with Reading in the Content areas, with a particular focus on middle and high school students. The book offers the support that teachers need in order to improve student success in literacy across the curriculum. Classroom-proven strategies are provided from both the authors' and their colleagues' experience in middle school and secondary classrooms. A review of Table of Contents helps to prepare readers by familiarizing the structured use of headings to provide very specific information.

Each chapter begins with a story from an actual classroom and provides an opportunity for readers to connect and visualize effective teaching. The classroom story example prepares readers to understand how the chapter's instructional approach work within content area teaching. The research-based strategies in each chapter are applied to all content areas, and each strategy also features ideas for working with English language learners and struggling readers.

Chapter Highlights

Google Presentation created by Jenna Brooks to highlight key concepts from the text.

Additional Resources

Literacy Instruction Videos - Improve Content Area Reading
Close Reading, Grade 4
Teaching Annotation, Grade 6
Fisher & Frey: Literacy for Life

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