Ohio Resource Center
Adolescent Literacy In Perspective
February 2015
Digital Text and E-Readers

“Can digital texts—e-books and the like—reduce the barriers that some adolescents face? That depends. Digital texts are not inherently more supportive or encouraging to struggling readers. But the flexibility and power of digital multimedia can be harnessed through proper design to provide highly individualized and highly supportive opportunities for adolescents to develop as readers.”
    —Alyssa R. Boucher and David H. Rose

“Digital text and e-readers provide students with a new way to read, understand, and use language. For English learners in particular, recent research suggests that the features, or “affordances,” specific to e-readers have the power to motivate students to read, scaffold their reading with embedded supports, and provide them with some degree of autonomy over their reading as well.”
    —Karen Gregory and Bethany Reichen

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Webcasts Video Clips Reading Strategies
This informative webcast series with companion materials focuses on instructional strategies to support classroom instruction. These real-world video clips feature Ohio teachers using different literacy-enhancing techniques to foster student learning and engagement in their classrooms. Resources highlight key reading strategies used by proficient readers and offer suggestions for teaching these strategies throughout the reading process and across the curriculum.

Additional Resources
These professional development modules use selected articles from archived issues of Adolescent Literacy In Perspective to promote meaningful discussion around key literacy topics. The modules are designed to be used in two-hour sessions, which include time for teachers to read and discuss the articles.

Maximizing instruction in the ways students learn best will optimize their learning and enhance overall achievement. This section explains differentiated instruction as a best practice in maximizing instruction, provides examples of differentiated lessons, and suggests resources for further professional development.

Sample units of instruction promote literacy and meet academic standards in English language arts (and other content areas, as applicable), using timely and relevant lesson topics to enhance student engagement and achievement.