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Title: Inspiring Adolescent Readers: A Middle School Literacy Project


1
Inspiring Adolescent Readers A Middle School
Literacy Project
  • A Proposal to the Verizon Foundation

2
What is Adolescent Literacy?
  • the set of skills and abilities that students
    need in grades four through 12 to read, write,
    and think about the text materials they
    encounter1
  • 1 Reading to Achieve A Governors Guide to
    Adolescent Literacy. National Governors
    Association Center For Best Practices. 2005. 12
    June 2007.

3
Taking Stock The Adolescent Literacy Challenge
  • 40 of high school graduates lack appropriate
    literacy skills for work
  • 25 fastest growing professions have greater than
    average literacy demands1
  • U.S. 11th graders placed near bottom of
    international comparison of reading assessment2
  • 1 Adolescent Literacy. (Fact Sheet). Alliance
    for Excellent Education. Feb 2006. 11 June 2007.
    lthttp//www.all4ed.org/publications/Reading
    Next/AdolescentLiteracyFactSheet.pdfgt.
  • 2 Kamil, Michael L. Adolescents and Literacy
    Readings for the 21st Century. Allicance for
    Excellent Education. Nov. 2003. 13 June 2007.
    lthttp//www.all4ed.org/publications/AdolescentsAnd
    Literacy.pdfgt.

4
Adolescent Literacy ChallengeHow Did We Get
Here?
  • Loss of student interest in reading after 4th
    grade
  • Students must transition from learning to read to
    reading to learn
  • Middle high school teachers lack training or
    feel responsibility to teach reading skills

5
Adolescent Literacy ChallengeA 21st Century
Necessity
  • 21st century society demands advanced reading,
    writing, and analysis skills
  • Economic concerns resulting from legions of
    undereducated workers remedial costs and lower
    productivity
  • Literature is an essential tool for adolescent
    emotional, social, and cultural maturity

6
Adolescent Literacy Challenge Making A
Difference At One School
  • Parents and educators at Randolph Middle School
    partner to celebrate reading and the benefits of
    lifelong literacy
  • Implement a school-wide literacy enrichment
    program that includes an academically rich,
    stimulating exploration into the work of a
    specific author

7
Primary Objective
  • Stimulate the reading motivation and engagement
    of students at Randolph Middle School

8
Secondary Objectives
  • Involve multiple segments of the school and
    Randolph community in an effort to promote
    lifelong literacy
  • Encourage positive partnerships between adult
    stakeholders in the school community
  • Foster student peer relations in an academic
    environment
  • Provide students a successful, inspirational role
    model who demonstrates an enthusiastic commitment
    to lifelong literacy and the writing process
  • Encourage students to bring reading and writing
    outside the language arts classroom

9
Project Specifications
  • A Model For Meeting Objectives

10
Project SpecificationsProgram Highlights
  • Multi-day author residency
  • All students encouraged, through incentives, to
    read multiple books by visiting author
  • Reading, writing, discussion, and multimedia
    activities focused on visiting author
  • 7th Grade writing workshops
  • Alignment with NJ Core Curriculum Standards

11
Project SpecificationsImplementation Schedule
  • Phase Duration
  • One Before the Author Residency 8 Months
  • Two Author Residency 3 Days
  • Three Post Residency 1 Month

12
Project SpecificationsStrategic Guidelines
  • Form a committee of key stakeholders
  • Ensure a connection between the author and school
    goals
  • Develop the program based on specific thematic
    structure
  • Motivate students to read authors books ahead of
    time to ensure adequate preparation for visit
  • Carefully consider scheduling of residency and
    program activities
  • Conduct an evaluation and present recommendations
    for future programs

13
Project SpecificationsAuthor Selection Criteria
  • Both male and female characters represented
  • Stories explore thought provoking issues that
    impact todays youth
  • Themes correlate with school character education
    program will stimulate personal reflection and
    group discussion
  • Experienced in conducting school presentations
    and small group workshops
  • Enjoys engaging middle school students in
    discussion

14
Project SpecificationsAuthor Recommendation
  • Todd Strasser
  • Over 100 books and for teen and middle readers1
  • Very experienced school speaker
  • Diverse themes including self-esteem, bullying,
    and prejudice
  • 1 Todd Strasser.com. 20 June 2007.
    lthttp//www.toddstrasser.comgt.

15
Project SpecificationsProgramming Detail All
Students
  • Grade level assemblies with author
  • Reading incentive program
  • Opportunity for lunch with author
  • Opportunities for visual arts, web design, and
    journalism projects

16
Project SpecificationsProgramming Detail 7th
Grade
  • Class reading requirement
  • Class discussion on theme
  • Write essays relating theme to personal
    experience
  • Group skits based on character analysis
  • Writing workshop with author (select students)

17
AssessmentDid We Meet Our Objectives?
  • Student focus groups
  • Staff and project team online survey
  • Final report including recommendations for future
    programs

18
The Project Team
  • Lisa Mercurio, RMS PTA President
  • Paula Some, RMS PTA Vice President
  • Mr. Lee Nittell, RMS Vice Principal
  • Mrs. Diane Auerbach, Guidance
  • Mrs. Edie Klink, Librarian
  • Language Arts Teacher (TBD)
  • Language Arts Teacher (TBD)

19
Budget
  • Total Project Cost 6880
  • Includes
  • Author honorarium expenses
  • Books for classrooms and library
  • Assessment
  • Faculty/author reception
  • Rewards for reading incentive program
  • Materials for visual displays by students

20
Project Time LineOne Academic Year
  • Date Milestone
  • September 1, 2007 Assemble project team
  • September 10, 2007 Finalize program components
  • October 1, 2007 Formalize author visit with
    contract
  • October 15, 2007 Kick-off program at RMS
  • October 15, 2007 Phase one programming
  • May 1, 2008
  • May 2008 Phase two author residency
  • June 2008 Phase three complete assessment

21
Summary
  • Implementing a comprehensive school-wide literacy
    project that includes participatory activities
    and an author residency will increase adolescent
    reading motivation and engagement
  • Students will gain an appreciation for literature
    outside the classroom
  • All stakeholders will benefit from the
    partnerships created during this community
    building experience
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