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Bridging the Literacy Achievement Gap Grades 4-12


reviewed by Betsy MacLeod — 2005

coverTitle: Bridging the Literacy Achievement Gap Grades 4-12
Author(s): Dorothy S. Strickland and Donna E. Alvermann (Editors)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744867, Pages: 294, Year: 2004
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“We like to think of adolescents as knowing things that have to do with their particular life experiences and the particular places they occupy both in and out of school in a quickly changing world.” (Strickland & Alvermann, 2004, p.2) This definition of adolescence provides a key foundational concept for the edited book, Bridging the literacy achievement gap grades 4-12. Editors Dorothy S. Strickland and Donna E. Alvermann believe that thinking of adolescents as merely “pre-adults” in the 10-18 year old age range does not adequately represent their multi-faceted identities. And, while school literacy remains an important part of their lives, youth culture and its multiple literacies has a tremendous impact on the literacy learning of these young people. They argue that the push to raise achievement has resulted in the alienation of aliterate and struggling readers when the traditional school curriculum reflects only academic literacy and does not use the everyday literacies of students as a bridge to academic tasks. They also highlight... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 2, 2005, p. 292-295
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11388, Date Accessed: 11/24/2017 11:29:33 AM

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