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Is Literacy Enough? Pathways to Academic Success for Adolescents

Is Literacy Enough? Pathways to Academic Success for Adolescents

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Four literacy experts lay out the evidence in this compelling book, based on the well-known Home-School Study of Language and Literacy Development that inspired the landmark resource Beginning Literacy with Language.

Q: Do strong early literacy skills guarantee later reading and academic success?

A: No. While early literacy skills are important, they’re not enough to ensure later school success.

Following a group of children living in low-income families from preschool through high school, the authors charted the students’ outcomes using test data to reflect language and literacy skills, self-report data reflecting motivation and engagement in school, and interviews with students, teachers, and parents. Through the sobering discoveries made during this long-term study, readers will discover the critical importance of factors, such as:
  • ongoing reading support in middle school and high school, especially in the area of comprehension
  • academic and emotional support from teachers and parents
  • the intermediate steps needed to achieve long-term goals
  • risk factors such as attending multiple schools, family disruption, and social-emotional difficulties
Readers will also see how the specific risk factor of poverty relates to achievement, motivation, and school climate, and how elements of a special education model — more student/teacher interaction, smaller class size, and student directed learning — could enhance the quality of educational programs serving all adolescents.

With this enlightening, meticulously researched book, all education professionals will gain a better understanding of factors critical to school success — and learn how to develop programs that go beyond K–3 literacy to help adolescents reach their full potential.


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"Each chapter adds another piece to the complex puzzle of adolescent achievement…this book is a must read for anyone who is concerned with making middle and high schools places where adolescents thrive and succeed." --IDA Perspectives on Language and Literacy, reviewed by Emily Ocker Dean, McMurry University


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