Useful Readings and Resources on Adolescent Literacy

Jim Burke, Reading Reminders: Tools, Tips, and Techniques (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann—Boynton/Cook, 2000).

Emily Cousins, Amy Mednick, and Meg Campbell, Literacy All Day Long (Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 2000).

M.E. Curtis and A.M. Longo. When Adolescents Can’t Read: Methods and Materials that Work (Cambridge, MA: Brookline Books, 1999).

C. Cziko, “Reading Happens in Your Mind, Not Your Mouth,” California English 3, no. 4 (summer 1998): 6-7.

P. Donahue, K. Voelkl, J. Campbell, and J. Mazzeo, NAEP 1998 Reading Report Card for the Nation and the States (Washington, DC: U. S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, March 1999).

Patrick Finn, Literacy with an Attitude (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1999).

Shirley Brice Heath,Ways with Words (Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1983).

Shirley Brice Heath (ed.) and Leslie Mangiola, Children of Promise: Literate Activity in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms (Washington, DC: National Education Association, 1991).

Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmerman, Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Readers Workshop (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1997).

D. W. Moore, J. E. Readence, and R. J. Rickelman, Prereading Activities for Content Area Reading and Learning , second ed. (Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 1989).

D. G. O’Brien, R. A. Stewart, and E.B. Moje, “Why Content Literacy Is Difficult to Infuse into the Secondary School: Complexities of Curriculum, Pedagogy, and School Culture.” Reading Research Quarterly 30, no. 3 (July-August-September 1995): 442-463.

A.S. Palincsar and Klenk, L.J., “Dialogues Promoting Reading Comprehension,” in B. Means, C. Chelemer, and M. S. Knapp (eds.), Teaching Advanced Skills to At-Risk Students (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1991).

Bruce Pirie, Reshaping High School English (Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 1997).

Linda Rief,Vision and Voice: Extending the Literacy Spectrum (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1999).

Linda Rief, Seeking Diversity: Language Arts with Adolescents (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1992).

B. D. Roe, B. D. Stoodt, and P. C. Burns, Secondary School Reading Instruction: The Content Areas , sixth ed. (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1998).

Ruth Schoenbach, Cynthia Greenleaf, Christine Cziko, and Lori Hurwitz, Reading for Understanding: A Guide to Improving Reading in Middle and High School Classrooms (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999).

Denny Taylor and Catherine Dorsey-Gaines (contributor), Growing Up Literate: Learning from Inner-City Families.

R.T. Vacca, “Let’s Not Marginalize Adolescent Literacy” in Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 41, no. 8 (May 1998): 604-609.


Boys Town Reading Center, Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home, Boys Town, Nebraska 68010;   402-498-1155  402-498-1155 .

Strategic Literacy Initiative, WestEd, 730 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107;  415-565-3000  415-565-3000 .