Click the “Recommended Literacy Resources for Teachers” link above to find a list of general literacy resources and some useful journal articles pertaining to topics our students find interesting and meaningful. Enjoy!
General Literacy Resources
Allington, R. L. (2011). What really matters to struggling readers: Designing research-based programs.
Beers, K. (2003). When kids can’t read: What teachers can do.
Eckert, L. S., & Alsup, J. (2015). Literacy teaching and learning in rural communities: Problematizing stereotypes, challenging myths.
Gallagher, K. (2009). Readicide: How schools are killing reading and what you can do about it.
Gee, J. P. (2007). What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy. (2nd ed.).
Groenke, S. L., & Scherff, L. (2010). Teaching YA lit through differentiated instruction.
Hayn, J. A., & Kaplan, J. S. (Eds.). (2012). Teaching young adult literature today.
Heath, S. B. (1983). Ways with words: Language, life, and work in communities and classrooms.
Kadjer, S. (2010). Adolescents and digital literacies: Learning alongside our students.
Kinloch, V. (2011). Urban literacies: Critical perspectives on language, learning, and community.
Kirkland, D. E. (2013). A search past silence: The literacy of young black men.
Miller, D. (2009). The book whisperer: Awakening the inner reader in every child.
Milner, J. O., Milner, L.M., & Mitchell, J. F. (Eds.). (2012). Bridging English (5th ed.).
Milner, J. O., & Pople, C. A. (Eds.). (2011). Engaging American novels: Lessons from the classroom.
Morrell, E. (2004). Linking literacy and popular culture: Finding connections for lifelong learning.
Morrell, E., Duenas, R., Garcia, V., & Lopez, J. (2013). Critical media pedagogy: Teaching for achievement in city schools.
Newkirk, T. (2002). Misreading masculinity: Boys, literacy, and popular culture.
Rosenblatt, L. (1994). The reader, the text, the poem: The transactional theory of the literacy work.
Smith, M., & Wilhelm, J. (2002). Reading don’t fix no Chevys: Literacy in the lives of young men.
Wilhelm, J. (2007). “You gotta BE the book”: Teaching engaged and reflective reading with adolescents (2nd ed.).
What the Literature Says about our Students’ Reading Interests
Bull, K. B. (2011). Connecting with texts: Teacher candidates reading young adult literature. Theory Into Practice, 50(3), 223-230.
Hughes-Hassell, S., & Rodge, P. (2007). The leisure reading habits of urban adolescents. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 51(1), 22-33.
McKenna, M. C., Kear, D. J., & Ellsworth, R. A. (1995). Children’s attitudes toward reading: A national survey. Reading Research Quarterly, 30(4), 934-956.
Pitcher, S. M., Martinez, G., Dicembre, E. A., Fewster, D., & McCormick, M. K. (2010). The literacy needs of adolescents in their own words. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 53(8), 636-645.
Simpson, A. (1996). Fictions and facts: An investigation of the reading practices of girls and boys. English Education, 28(4), 268-279.