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Adolescent Literacy In Perspective
March 2014
Ohio's New Learning Standards and the Writing Process

"We are faced with an important question: how do we give students time and choice in writing in this hurry-up world? Students need time to think about what to write and time to follow ideas and images in free writing, building the independence and confidence that we want them to have as writers."
    —Penny Kittle

"Deeper writing touches both the reader and writer with emotions we have buried or ignored, and it surprises us with fresh perspectives of the familiar. I have found this to be true no matter what the mode of writing—expository or information, argument or academic, narrative or poetry."
    —Robin Holland

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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.